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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The Birth Of A Nation (1915)

D.W. GRIFFITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 1915.  David W. Griffith Corp., Epoch Producing Corporation.  Screenplay by D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods, based on the play and novel The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan by Thomas Dixon Jr..  Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer.  Produced by D.W. Griffith.  Music by Joseph Carl Bell, D.W. Griffith.  Production Design…

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Red Dust (1932)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the play by Wilson Collison.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg, Irving Thalberg.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Clark Gable runs a rubber plantation in southeast Asia, his daily grind interrupted by the…

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Lassie Come Home (1943)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Hugo Butler, based on the novel by Eric Knight.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Samuel Marx.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.   It’s nice to know that decades of movies about children befriending animals began with a few great ones,…

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Pollyanna (1960)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.  Academy Awards 1960.   A perennial family favourite, this delightful Disney film is…

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The Uninvited (1944)

LEWIS ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Dodie Smith, Frank Partos, based on the novel Uneasy Freehold by Dorothy Macardle.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.   Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey are siblings who decide to buy an abandoned…

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Svengali (1931)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros., The Vitaphone Corporation.  Screenplay by J. Grubb Alexander, based on the novel Trilby by George L. Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Barney McGill.  Music by David Mendoza.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  This curious little piece of cinematic history is a terrific…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, Carey Wilson, Margaret Booth, based on the book by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth. Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, makes…

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Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man And The Girl (1919)

D.W. GRIFFITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1919.  D.W. Griffith Productions.  Screenplay by D.W. Griffith, based on the story by Thomas Burke.  Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer.  Produced by D.W. Griffith.  Music by Louis F. Gottschalk.  Production Design by Joseph Stringer.  Film Editing by James Smith. D.W. Griffith’s story about an unfortunate young woman (Lillian Gish) isn’t worth the ninety…

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The Old Maid (1939)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, from the play by Zoe Akins and the novel by Edith Wharton.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy. Typical Bette Davis soaper has the great actress giving birth to…

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Wuthering Heights (1939)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   Romantically filmed, lush adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ever-so-popular novel about love between…

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Jezebel (1938)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1938.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Clements Ripley, Abem Finkel, John Huston, based on the play by Owen Davis.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   Bette Davis stuns the crowd again as a rebellious…

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