Kings Row (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Henry Bellamann.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   This is the most curious masterpiece: a perfect blend of film noir, period…

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Juarez (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, Aeneas MacKenzie, Wolfgang Reinhardt, based on the play by Franz Werfel, and the novel The Phantom Crown by Bertita Harding.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren…

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The Prince And The Pauper (1937)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Laird Doyle, based on the play by Catherine Chisholm Cushing, from the novel by Mark Twain.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Adorable…

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The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

MICHAEL CURTIZ, WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I. Miller, based upon ancient Robin Hood legends. Cinematography by Tony Gaudio, Sol Polito.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   It’s hard…

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Anthony Adverse (1936)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Sheridan Gibney, based on the book by Hervey Allen.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Drama and adventure on a grand scale as Fredric March is born to an adulterous woman…

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Captain Blood (1935)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros., Cosmopolitan Productions.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the play by Rafael Sabatini. Cinematography by Ernest Haller, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown, Gordon Hollingshead.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Marvelous adventure film that…

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The Sea Hawk (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard Koch, Seton I. Miller.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.   My favourite of Errol Flynn‘s swashbuckling adventures (not counting The Adventures of Robin Hood) is this exciting…

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The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex (1939)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  Essex And Elizabeth USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Aeneas MacKenzie, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   The volatile love affair between Queen…

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