The Killers (1946)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Mark Hellinger Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, from the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Martin Obzina, Jack Otterson.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  Academy Awards 1946. Ernest Hemingway’s atmospheric, short story, basically a conversation between two bad men,…

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the story Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1947. This terrific film…

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Smash-Up: The Story Of A Woman (1947)

STUART HEISLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1947.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Story by Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett, Screenplay by John Howard Lawson, additional dialogue by Lionel Wiggam.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1947.   Exceedingly talented singer Susan Hayward gives…

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The Big Sleep (1946)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   My favourite film noir featuring Humphrey Bogart as a…

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Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry (1937)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lawrence Hazard, from an original story by Eleanore Griffin, J. Walter Ruben.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Harry Rapf.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Elmo Veron. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are teamed up for the first time in…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  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 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Buckner.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Errol Flynn, John Hughes.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy. Although its historical accuracy is more than questionable, this mixed up western does offer up the opportunity to…

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Gold Diggers Of 1937 (1936)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Warren Duff, based on the play Sweet Mystery of Life by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallace, George Haight.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.  Academy Awards 1936.   Dick Powell stars in…

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