Crook’s Tour (1941)

JOHN BAXTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1941.  British National Films, John Baxter Productions.  Original Story by Max Kester, Adaptation by Barbara K. Emary, based on characters created by Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder.  Cinematography by James Wilson.  Produced by John Baxter.  Music by Kennedy Russell.  Film Editing by Michael C. Chorlton.   Caldicott and Charters, two supporting characters in Hitchcock’s Lady Vanishes,…

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The Drum

BBB (out of 5) Passable adventure whose colour cinematography delights while its narrative is only mildly amusing.  Sabu‘s natural charms are put to good use as the son of a murdered ruler who goes into hiding as a peasant while his evil usurping uncle (Raymond Massey in brownface) takes over the throne.  Sabu befriends a…

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The Lady Vanishes (1938)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1938.  Gainsborough Pictures.  Screenplay by Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder, based on the story The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White.  Cinematography by Jack E. Cox.  Produced by Edward Black.  Music by Louis Levy, Charles Williams.  Production Design by Alex Vetchinsky.  Film Editing by R.E. Dearing.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Stunning Hitchcock thriller made before…

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