Dance Girl Dance (1940)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1940. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay by Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis, from a story by Vicki Baum. Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Erich Pommer. Music by Edward Ward. Production Design by Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Robert Wise. For many…

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Blood On The Moon (1948)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lillie Hayward, adaptation by Harold Shumate, Luke Short, based on the Saturday Evening Post serial story by Luke Short.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Theron Warth.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller. …

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The Facts Of Life (1960)

MELVIN FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1960.  HLP.   Screenplay by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.   Cinematography by Charles Lang.   Produced by Norman Panama.   Music by Leigh Harline.   Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Kenneth A. Reid.   Costume Design by Della Fox, Wally Harton, Edith Head, Edward Stevenson.   Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   …

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Isle of the Dead (1945)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Ardel Wray.  Cinematography by Jack MacKenzie.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Lyle Boyer. Worn down by the Balkan wars, a…

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David And Bathsheba (1951)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean. King David, played in some pretty…

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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

ROBERT WISE, GUNTHER VON FRITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by J.R. Whittredge. The studio pushed producer Val Lewton for a sequel to the surprise hit Cat People, and…

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The Woman On The Beach (1947)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Davis, Jean Renoir, adaptation by J.R. Michael Hogan, based on the novel by Mitchell Wilson.  Cinematography by Leo Tover, Harry J. Wild.  Produced by Jack J. Gross.  Music by Hanns Eisler.  Production Design by  Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by…

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Love Affair (1939)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram, Screenplay by Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart. Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer, Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward Dmytryk, George Hively.   Charles Boyer is…

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The Miracle Woman (1931)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay and dialogue by Jo Swerling, based on the play Bless You Sister by John Meehan, Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Maurice Wright.  Barbara Stanwyck opens this film with a fiery speech that gets your blood up…

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The Spiral Staircase (1945)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures, Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Mel Dinelli, based on the novel Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad, Harry Marker.   Much…

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The Public Enemy (1931)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, screen adaptation by Harvey F. Thew.  Cinematography by Devereaux Jennings.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward M. McDermott.  Exciting, stylish film by William A. Wellman, and much of whose camerawork and shocking images…

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Citizen Kane (1941)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  RKO Radio Pictures, Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.   A fictionalized account of the rise to power of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst,…

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