The Devil is Driving (1932)

BENJAMIN STOLOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Louis Weitzenkorn, adaptation by P.J. Wolfson, Allen Rivkin, from an original story by Frank Mitchell Dazey. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. Produced by Charles R. Rogers. Exciting crime drama that begins when Edmund Lowe pays a visit to his mechanic brother-in-law James…

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Peter Ibbetson (1935)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1935. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, Waldemar Young, adaptation by Constance Collier, additional scenes by John Meehan, Edwin Justis Mayer, based on the novel by George L. Du Maurier and the play by John Nathaniel Raphael. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Louis D. Lighton….

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1937. Warner Bros.. Story by Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, based on Zola And His Time by Matthew Josephson.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner. Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by…

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Out Of The Past (1947)

JACQUES TOURNEUR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring, based on his novel Build My Gallows High.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Warren Duff.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Samuel E. Beetley.   Stellar film noir features a terrific lead performance by…

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The Story Of Louis Pasteur (1936)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Story and Screenplay by Sheridan Gibney, Pierre Collings.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Immensely entertaining, though only erratically factual biopic of the man who introduced…

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Blonde Venus (1932)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, S.K. Lauren.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Josef von Sternberg.  Music by W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Paul Marquardt, Oscar Potoker.  Production Design by Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Josef von Sternberg.   Marlene Dietrich conceived the original story for this film, which…

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Sergeant York (1941)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Abem Finkel, Harry Chandlee, Howard Koch, John Huston, based on the diary of  Alvin C. York, edited by Tom Skeyhill.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by S. Kring, Ted Schultz, Jeanette…

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