The Old Dark House (1932)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J.B. Priestley.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by David Broekman.  Production Design by Russell A. Gausman.  Film Editing by Clarence Kolster. James Whale could rarely make a movie without…

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Here Comes The Navy (1934)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1934.  Warner Bros..  Story by Ben Markson, Screenplay by Earl Baldwin, Ben Markson.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Esdras Hartley.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  James Cagney plays a construction worker who gets into a fight…

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Across The Pacific (1942)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Richard Macaulay, based on the serial by Robert Carson.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Jack Saper, Jerry Wald.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas, Hugh Reticker.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Frank Magee.   Humphrey Bogart is mixed up in international intrigue in this passably enjoyable…

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The Invisible Man (1933)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent. The classic James Whale adventure features state-of-the-art visual effects in this terrifying story of a lab scientist (Claude…

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Frankenstein (1931)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1931.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Garrett Fort, Francis Edward Faragoh, Scenario edited by Richard Schayer, based on the composition by John L. Balderston, the play by Peggy Webling and the novel by Mary Shelley.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Mae…

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All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1930.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by George Abbott, adaptation by Del Andrews, Maxwell Anderson, dialogue by Maxwell Anderson, supervising story chief C. Gardner Sullivan, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Sam Perry, Heinz Roemheld.   Production Design by Charles D….

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, Carey Wilson, Margaret Booth, based on the book by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth. Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, makes…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.   The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand imitations. Granted,…

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Casablanca (1942)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, based on the play Everybody Comes To Rick’s by Murray Burnett, Joan Alison.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks. Here’s another one of…

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In Old Arizona (1928)

IRVING CUMMINGS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1928.  Fox Film Corporation.  Adaptation and dialogue by Tom Barry, based on the story The Caballero’s Way by O. Henry.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Production Design by Don B. Greenwood.  Costume Design by Sam Benson.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Warner Baxter won an Oscar for his ridiculous performance as the Cisco Kid, part…

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Gold Diggers Of 1937 (1936)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Warren Duff, based on the play Sweet Mystery of Life by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallace, George Haight.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.   Dick Powell stars in this pedestrian…

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