This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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Imitation of Life (1934)

JOHN M. STAHL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by William Hurlbut, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright.  Academy Awards 1934 The Douglas Sirk remake of 1959 is…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by George Bruce, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Lucien Moraweck.  Production Design by John DuCasse Schulze.  Costume Design by William Bridgehouse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock.  Academy Awards 1939. Loose adaptation of the third volume of Three…

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Stella Dallas (1937)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, dramatization by Harry Wagstaff Gribble, Gertrude Purcell, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty.   Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1937….

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The Prince And The Pauper

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable adventure features a remarkable sense of time and place, the kind of period film that Warner Bros. excelled at in the late thirties and forties. Not as compelling as The Sea Hawk or The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex but just as opulent, the story is set in 16th-century…

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Hollywood Canteen (1944)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Alex Gottlieb.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.  Academy Awards 1944. War propaganda has never been as shameless as in this endless bore. The film…

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The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

MICHAEL CURTIZ, WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I. Miller, based upon ancient Robin Hood legends. Cinematography by Tony Gaudio, Sol Polito.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1938….

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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Buckner.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Errol Flynn, John Hughes.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy. Although its historical accuracy is more than questionable, this mixed up western does offer up the opportunity to…

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The Sea Hawk (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard Koch, Seton I. Miller.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Academy Awards 1940. My favourite of Errol Flynn‘s swashbuckling adventures (not counting The Adventures of Robin Hood) is…

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The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex (1939)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  Essex And Elizabeth USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Aeneas MacKenzie, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1939. The volatile love affair…

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Of Human Bondage (1934)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1934.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lester Cohen, based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Morgan.  Academy Awards 1934. Dramatic adaptation of F….

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It Happened One Night (1934)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.  Academy Awards 1934. Classic road comedy has runaway bride Claudette Colbert team…

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