Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1937. Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of…

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The North Star (1943)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, additional dialogue in new edition by Burt Beck.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1943.  Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering…

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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Myles Connolly, based on the story La Morte Du Cygne by Paul Morand.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Douglass Biggs. Decades before Black Swan indulged a hyper-surreal investigation of female…

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Monkey Business (1952)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1952.   Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Story by Harry Segall, Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, I.A.L. Diamond. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by George Patrick, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by William B. Murphy.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. Scientist Cary…

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The Awful Truth (1937)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Vina Delmar, based on a play by Arthur Richman. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Morris Stoloff.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Al Clark.  Academy Awards 1937.   Comedy masterpiece by Leo McCarey that is probably his…

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Mr. And Mrs. Smith (1941)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Harry E. Edington.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase, Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by William Hamilton. A casual viewer catching this one on late-night television will be shocked after the…

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A Stolen Life (1946)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1946.  B.D. Production, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Catherine Turney, adaptation by Margaret Buell Wilder, based on the novel Uloupeny Zivot by Karel J. Benes.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller, Sol Polito.  Produced by Bette Davis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.  Academy Awards 1946. What’s better…

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