Kings Row (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Henry Bellamann.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1942.   This is the most curious masterpiece: a perfect blend of film…

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Intermezzo (1939)

GREGORY RATOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  Intermezzo: A Love Story USA, 1939.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by George O’Neil, based on an original story by Gosta Stevens, Gustaf Molander.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett, Max Steiner.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Irene.  Film Editing by Francis D….

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Destry Rides Again (1939)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Felix Jackson, Screenplay by Felix Jackson, Gertrude Purcell, Henry Myers, suggested by the novel by Max Brand.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth. Classic western that serves as the prototype…

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All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Rachel Field.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1940.   Terrific costume drama is one of the best films Bette Davis made at Warner…

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.  Academy Awards 1941. Wonderful Oscar-winner undeservedly beat Citizen Kane for…

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