The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  Academy Awards 1937.  This excellent…

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The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Jan Lustig, George Froeschel, additional poetry by Robert Nathan, based on the poem by Alice Duer Miller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Clarence Brown, Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1944.  …

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable adaptation of the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett features a starmaking turn by Freddie Bartholomew as the refined young man being raised on the streets of late nineteenth-century Brooklyn.  Possessing an English accent thanks to a dead British father (because that makes sense), little Ceddie is hopelessly devoted to his mother (a wonderful…

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Cluny Brown

BBBB (out of 5) Jennifer Jones is delightful in this excellent, late Lubitsch film, as a London plumber’s daughter who has an obsession with clearing drainpipes. When her father decides to put her into service in order to make sure she stays on the straight and narrow, she ends up in the countryside with a very…

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Trouble In Paradise (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, adaptation by Grover Jones, based on the play The Honest Finder by Aladar Laszlo.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins fall madly in love over a shared interest:…

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Little Women (1949)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew’s.  Screenplay by Andrew Solt, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck, Charles Edgar Schoenbaum.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1949.   Second…

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Madame Curie (1943)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, Hans Rameau, based on the book by Eve Curie.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1943.   This film biography of scientist Marie Curie, who discovered radium, is one…

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Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry

BBB (out of 5) Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are teamed up for the first time in this charming little distraction about race horses. Ronald Sinclair plays a British nobleman’s grandson who accompanies his grandfather (C. Aubrey Smith) to America to race their prize horse in the hopes that it will win them big money to replace the…

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

BBBB (out of 5) One of the best remembered of the crime novels by James M. Cain adapted for the screen, mostly notable for the sexy entrance by newly christened va-va-voom sex symbol Lana Turner.  John Garfield plays a war veteran who takes a job at an off-the-beaten-path service station working for an older gentleman (Cecil…

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China Seas

BBBB (out of 5) Fun adventure classic has wisecracking gal Jean Harlow travelling on a steamer piloted by Clark Gable. ‘When I wanna hear your bells ring, I’ll pull your chord!’ she says to a man who annoys her. Need you hear more? Okay: there’s pirates involved. Have fun! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer USA, 1935 Directed by Tay Garnett…

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Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Ernest Pascal, Julien Josephson, based on the story by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by William S. Darling, David S. Hall.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1937.   Shirley Temple and…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)

BBB (out of 5) Dramatically underripe adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, with a miscast Spencer Tracy playing the ambitious doctor who longs to find a way to cure the human soul of its evil torments. His dabbling with potions has him discover a way to bring out the vicious, animal side of humanity, creating in…

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