The Westerner (1940)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Niven Busch, based on the story by Stuart N. Lake.   Cinematography by Gregg Toland.   Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.   Production Design by James Basevi. Costume Design by Irene Saltern.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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The Old Man and The Sea (1958)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1958.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Viertel, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Edward Carrere, Art Loel.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt. Director John Sturges…

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The High and the Mighty (1954)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1954.  Wayne-Fellows Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Robert Fellows, John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  The original disaster movie!…

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Let There Be Light (1946)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1946.  U.S. Army Pictorial Services.  Screenplay by John Huston.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, John Doran, Lloyd Fromm, John Huston, Joe Jackman, George Smith.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Film Editing by Gene Fowler Jr., William Reynolds. The war was over before John Huston was able to get this project up and running,…

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The Battle of Russia (1943)

FRANK CAPRA, ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  U.S. Army Special Service Division, U.S. War Department.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Rober Heller, featuring selections adapted from Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Exemplary entry in the Why We Fight series, and one of…

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Champion (1949)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Screen Plays.  Story by Ring Lardner, Screenplay by Carl Foreman .  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.   Nationally famous and undefeated, boxing champ Kirk Douglas is about to partake in a highly publicized fight that…

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The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carl Foreman.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Geoffrey Drake.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the…

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The Alamo (1960)

JOHN WAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Batjac Productions, The Alamo Company.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.   Three hours of wet matches is what you will get from this bland disaster, starring and…

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Drums In The Deep South (1951)

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1951.  King Brothers Productions.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, Sidney Harmon, based on the story by Hollister Noble.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Frank King, Maurice King.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Richard V. Heermance. Barbara Payton‘s beautiful life…

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D.O.A. (1950)

RUDOLPH MATE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Harry Popkin Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Leo C. Popkin.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Duncan Cramer.  Costume Design by Maria P. Donovan.  Film Editing by Arthur H. Nadel.   Interesting twist on an old formula has Edmond O’Brien show up at police headquarters…

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Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story Plane From Barranca by Howard Hawks. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   This exquisite drama has long been…

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Red River (1948)

HOWARD HAWKS, ARTHUR ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Monterey Productions.  Story by Borden Chase, Screenplay by Borden Chase, Charles Schnee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by John Datu.  Costume Design by Jack E. Miller.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   Up there with The Searchers and Rio Bravo as the best westerns…

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