Now, Voyager (1942)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1942. One of Bette Davis‘ greatest Warner Bros. melodramas is this … More Now, Voyager (1942)

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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 is … More The Corn Is Green (1945)

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The Petrified Forest (1936)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screen play by Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves, based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   Early Bette Davis classic is one of the best stage … More The Petrified Forest (1936)

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Three On A Match (1932)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1932.  First National Pictures.  Story by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, Screenplay by Lucien Hubbard.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Samuel Bischoff, Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss.   Fascinating example of how different Hollywood films were before the introduction of the … More Three On A Match (1932)

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The Virgin Queen

BBB.5 (out of 5) Bette Davis played Queen Elizabeth I twice in her career, first in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and then again sixteen years later in this costume soaper. While Essex was a much better film, this one gives Davis a better role. Elizabeth’s affair with Sir Walter Raleigh is the central … More The Virgin Queen

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