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 House of Rothschild (1934)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  20th Century Pictures.   Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on a play by George Hembert Westley. Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Barbara McLean,…

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David And Bathsheba (1951)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean. King David, played in some pretty…

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Wilson (1944)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.   Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck really put his back into the studio’s prestige…

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In Old Chicago (1937)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Darryl F. Zanuck Productions.  Story by Niven Busch, Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by William S. Darling, Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  The old tale…

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Always Goodbye (1938)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1938.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Douglas Z. Doty, Gilbert Emery, Screenplay by Kathryn Scola, Edith Skouras. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson. Barbara Stanwyck brings her usual fiery intensity…

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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Henry Fonda is perfectly cast (with an impressive prosthetic nose) as Honest Abe, with John Ford’s sturdy direction telling a powerful…

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Baby Face (1933)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Warner Bros.. Story by Darryl F. Zanuck, Screenplay by Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola.  Cinematography by James Van Trees.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Howard Bretherton.   You need look no further for proof that Barbara Stanwyck was destined for stardom than this…

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The Public Enemy (1931)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, screen adaptation by Harvey F. Thew.  Cinematography by Devereaux Jennings.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward M. McDermott.  Exciting, stylish film by William A. Wellman, and much of whose camerawork and shocking images…

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Little Caesar (1931)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1931.  First National Pictures.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, continuity by Robert N. Lee, based on the novel by W.R. Burnett.   Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck.   Music by Erno Rapee.   roduction Design by Anton Grot.   Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss.  …

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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…

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Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr., based on the novel by Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr..  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Sam Benson.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1949. Gregory…

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