The Verdict (1946)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1946.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Milne, Israel Zangwill.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Ted Smith.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly.   Sydney Greenstreet gives a deliciously subtle performance as a judge who is removed from his position after a man…

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Dangerous (1935)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1935.  Warner Bros..  Story and Screenplay by Laird Doyle.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Bernhard Kaun, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hugh Reticker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.  Academy Awards 1935.   Popular opinion had it that Bette Davis was overlooked by the Academy for her performance…

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The Emperor Jones (1933)

DUDLEY MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran Inc..  Screenplay by DuBose Heyward, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill. Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Gifford Cochran, John Krimsky.  Music by Frank Tours.  Production Design by Herman Rosse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock. Paul Robeson‘s signature stage role is also one of his best-remembered films,…

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Mr. Skeffington (1944)

VINCENT SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, from the story by Elizabeth von Arnim.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1944.   As with many similar soap…

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Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros..  Story by Nicholas Ray, Screenplay by Stewart Stern, adaptation by Irving Shulman. Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by David Weisbart.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler, James Moore.  Academy Awards 1955. The original teen angst masterpiece that made James…

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Night After Night (1932)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, continuity by Kathryn Scola, based on the story Single Night by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Walter Plunkett.   So-so comedy that is lifted out of its mediocrity by the appearance of a debuting Mae…

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Dead Ringer

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s hard to contain Bette Davis into one role, so from time to time you’ve got to give her two. Playing twins for the second time in her career (the first time in A Stolen Life in 1946), this so-so melodrama has her once again doing a good sister-bad sister routine. The…

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Dark Victory (1939)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, from the play by George Emerson Brewer Jr., Bertram Bloch.  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 William Holmes.  Academy Awards 1939. It always amazes me that my fellow campy…

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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.  Academy Awards 1938. Bette Davis stuns the crowd again as a…

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All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Rachel Field.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1940.   Terrific costume drama is one of the best films Bette Davis made at Warner…

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In This Our Life (1942)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on the novel by Ellen Glasgow.  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 William Holmes. A spoiled, bitchy socialite (Bette Davis, of course) dumps her fiancee (George Brent) and…

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On Moonlight Bay (1951)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jack Rose, Melville Shavelson, based on Penrod Stories by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Douglas Bacon.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson, Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly.   Looking in to cash on the success of MGM’s Meet Me…

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