The Verdict (1946)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1946.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Milne, Israel Zangwill.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Ted Smith.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly.   Sydney Greenstreet gives a deliciously subtle performance as a judge who is removed from his position after a man…

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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1940.  Argosy Pictures, Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on four Sea Plays by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1940.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting…

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Lassie Come Home (1943)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Hugo Butler, based on the novel by Eric Knight.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Samuel Marx.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.  Academy Awards 1943.   It’s nice to know that decades of movies about children befriending animals began with a few…

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The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Charles R. Rogers Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Richard English, Art Arthur, Curtis Kenyon.  Cinematography by James Van Trees.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Louis Forbes, Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Duncan Cramer.  Costume Design by Maria P. Donovan.  Film Editing by George M. Arthur.   The heavily fictionalized origins of…

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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, based on the musical comedy by George M. Cohan.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, Roger Edens, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Ridiculously boring yarn has lovely lass Judy Garland give…

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The Corn Is Green (1945)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1945.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Frank Cavett, Casey Robinson, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jack Chertok.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Frederick Richards.  Academy Awards 1945. This fully vibrant adaptation of Emlyn Williams’ successful stage play…

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The River (1951)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/India/USA, 1951.  Oriental International Films.  Screenplay by Rumer Godden, Jean Renoir, based on the novel by Rumer Godden.  Cinematography by Claude Renoir.  Produced by Kenneth McEldowney, Jean Renoir.  Music by M.A. Partha Sarathy.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Film Editing by George Gale. The opportunity to make a movie about India that included neither elephants nor…

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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings, based on the short stories The Big Hunt and War Party by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Michael Meyers, Ann Peck.  Film Editing…

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The Quiet Man (1952)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Republic Pictures, Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the story by Maurice Walsh.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. If The…

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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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National Velvet (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Theodore Reeves, Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1945. Adored by young and old alike for decades, and rightfully so.  Elizabeth…

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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939. Pre-revolutionary Americans Henry Fonda and…

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