This Land Is Mine (1943)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1943.  Jean-Renoir- Dudly Nichols Productions, RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.  Cinematography by Frank Redman.  Produced by Dudley Nichols, Jean Renoir.  Music by Lothar Perl.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Renié.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.  An small, unnamed European country is suffering under Nazi occupation, the brutish officers…

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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.  This excellent John…

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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1940.  Argosy Pictures, Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on four Sea Plays by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting and dark…

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Scarlet Street (1945)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1945.  Walter Wanger Productions, Fritz Lang Productions, Diana Production Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel by Georges de la Fouchardiere, Andre Mouezy-Eon.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  Fritz…

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The Bells Of St. Mary’s (1945)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Rainbow Productions.  Story by Leo McCarey, Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.   Cinematography by George Barnes.   Produced by Leo McCarey.   Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.   Production Design by William Flannery.   Costume Design by Edith Head.   Film Editing by Harry Marker.  Academy Awards 1945.  Golden Globe Awards 1945. Sappy, manipulative and wholly engrossing sequel…

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Pinky (1949)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Dudley Nichols, based on the novel by Cid Ricketts Sumner.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Harmon Jones.  Academy Awards 1949.  …

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Stagecoach (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the story by Ernest Haycox.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Gerard Carbonara.  Production Design by Alexander Toluboff.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer. The western that started it all; certainly the genre was already well established as…

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The Informer (1935)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, from the story by Liam O’Flaherty.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by George Hively.  Victor McLaglen plays an ex-IRA soldier who was thrown out by his colleagues…

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And Then There Were None (1945)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1945.  Rene Clair Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Lucien N. Andriot.  Produced by Rene Clair.  Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Harvey Manger.   Ten individuals are invited by a mysterious guest to a remote, island…

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Carefree (1938)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Scott, Ernest Pagano, story and adaptation by Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, based on an original idea by Marian Ainslee, Guy Endore.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson, Howard…

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For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Sam Wood.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by LeVaughn Larson, Pat Williams.  Film Editing by John F. Link Sr., Sherman Todd.   This wooden adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s famous…

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Bringing Up Baby (1938)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, based on the story by Hagar Wilde.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer.  Film Editing by George Hively.   Prototypical screwball comedy has been attempted many times…

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