The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  Academy Awards 1937.  This excellent…

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My Favourite Brunette

BB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for murder and is visited by curious reporters who want to know his story.  He flashes back to some time earlier when he was working as a portrait photographer, renting an office next to a private investigator (played in a tongue-in-cheek…

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Road To Zanzibar (1941)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Butler, Don Hartman, based on the story Find Colonel Fawcett by Don Hartman, Sy Bartlett.  Cinematography by Ted Tatzlaff.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie.   Following the grand success of Road To Singapore,…

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Road To Rio

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most enjoyable of the Road movies, featuring a marvelous musical score and a delightful supporting cast. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are on their way to Rio De Janeiro, on the cruiseliner getting to know gorgeous heiress Dorothy Lamour.  Naturally they want to cozy up to the her, but her bossy…

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Swing High, Swing Low

BB.5 (out of 5) Carole Lombard misses her boat while carousing around Panama with Fred MacMurray and ends up getting stuck there. He’s a world class trumpet player and she’s a little bit of a singer, so they get work in a seedy bar, fall in love and get married. When his ship comes in, figuratively, he…

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Road To Bali

BBB (out of 5) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope reunite for their second-last Road adventure, well past the prime of the series’ popularity and the only one filmed in colour.  It’s a forgettable collection of hijinks as the two play, what else, low rate vaudevillian actors working the Far East who desperately need cash.  They take a job…

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Donovan’s Reef (1963)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Story by Edmund Beloin, Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.   Lighthearted romp that shows the great John Ford…

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The Greatest Show On Earth

BBBB (out of 5) Cecil B. DeMille’s tribute to the wondrous world of the Big Top is impressively entertaining, a silly choice for a Best Picture Oscar (the Academy was obviously dead set against awarding more dramatic fare like The Quiet Man or the politically controversial High Noon) but an enjoyable one all the same….

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They Got Me Covered

BB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hope plays the most inept journalist in the world, a field reporter who is put in the way of major world events but is somehow always distracted from actually writing about them. His reputation is based on having won a Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote from information given by a…

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Road To Morocco

BBB (out of 5) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope whoop it up in yet another Road adventure, this one taking them to exotic North Africa. After washing onto the continental shores from a life raft, they follow their own ineptitude to the palace of a great sheik, with Hope being recruited as the slave of a beautiful princess (Dorothy…

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The Kid Stays In The Picture

BBBB (out of 5) After meeting Norma Shearer at a swimming pool and being discovered, actor Robert Evans found himself on a roller coaster ride of success that had some thrilling moments and some pretty scary ones. Eventually tiring of acting, Evans turned to movie producing and made some of the most memorable films of…

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