The Naked City (1948)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1948. Hellinger Productions, Universal International Pictures. Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Malvin Wald, from a story by Malvin Wald. Cinematography by William H. Daniels. Produced by Mark Hellinger. Music by Miklos Rozsa, Frank Skinner. Production Design by John DeCuir. Costume Design by Grace Houston. Film Editing by…

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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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The Stork Club (1945)

HAL WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945.  B.G. DeSylva Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Buddy G. DeSylva, Jack McGowan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Gladys Carley. Betty Hutton is adorable as a coat check girl at the titular nightclub,…

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Going My Way (1944)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Screenplay by Frank Butler, Frank Cavett.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon, John F. Seitz.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, William Flannery.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone.  Academy Awards 1944.  Golden Globe Awards 1944.   Delightful musical about a…

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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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And Then There Were None (1945)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1945.  Rene Clair Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Lucien N. Andriot.  Produced by Rene Clair.  Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Harvey Manger.   Ten individuals are invited by a mysterious guest to a remote, island…

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Bringing Up Baby (1938)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, based on the story by Hagar Wilde.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer.  Film Editing by George Hively.   Prototypical screwball comedy has been attempted many times…

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