Above Suspicion (1943)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1943. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Keith Winter, Melville Baker, Patricia Coleman, based on the novel by Helen MacInnes. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Gile Steele. Film Editing by George Hively. It…

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Edwin Blum, William Absalom Drake, based on the play by William Gillette, from characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett, David Buttolph, Cyril J. Mockridge, David…

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The Court Jester (1955)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1955.  Dena Enterprises.   Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Walter Scharf, Vic Schoen.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Tom…

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Tales of Terror (1962)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1962. Alta Vista Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by Floyd Crosby.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Les Baxter.  Production Design by Daniel Haller.  Costume Design by Marjorie Corso.  Film Editing by Anthony Carras. Highly entertaining triple dose of Edgar Allan Poe stories, all starring Vincent Price…

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Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon (1942)

ROY WILLIAM NEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1942.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Edward T. Lowe Jr., Scott Darling, Edmund L. Hartmann, adaptation by Scott Darling, Edward T. Lowe Jr., based on the story The Dancing Men by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Lester White.  Produced by Howard Benedict.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film…

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Terror By Night (1946)

ROY WILLIAM NEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1946.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Gruber, adapted from a story by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Maury Gertsman.  Produced by Roy William Neill. Production Design by John B. Goodman, Abraham Grossman.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Saul A. Goodkind.   One of a number of films that Basil Rathbone filmed…

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If I Were King (1938)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on the play by Justin Huntly McCarthy.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1938.   Ronald Colman plays a ruffian poet living in…

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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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Captain Blood (1935)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros., Cosmopolitan Productions.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the play by Rafael Sabatini. Cinematography by Ernest Haller, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown, Gordon Hollingshead.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Academy Awards 1935. Marvelous adventure…

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Romeo And Juliet (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Talbot Jennings, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Oliver Messel.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.  Academy Awards 1936.   While it has many things to recommend itself above other versions of…

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David Copperfield (1935)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. Alternate title:  The Personal History, Adventures, Experience & Observation Of David Copperfield USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Hugh Walpole, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly…

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A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by W.P. Lipscomb, S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, and the bibliographies The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle, Journal of the Temple by M. Clery, The Memoirs by Mademoiselle des Echerolles, M. Nicholas.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production…

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