The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Edwin Blum, William Absalom Drake, based on the play by William Gillette, from characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett, David Buttolph, Cyril J. Mockridge, David…

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Pot O’Gold (1941)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  James Roosevelt Productions.  Story by Andrew Bennison, Monte Brice, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, based on the idea originally conceived by Haydn Roth Evans, Robert Brilmayer.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by George Marshall, James Roosevelt.  Music by Louis Forbes.  Production Design by Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Taylor.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler. …

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Battleground (1949)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   This one’s uncomfortable blend of gritty realism and jokey contrivances keep it from having aged flawlessly but its darker elements…

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Always Goodbye (1938)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1938.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Douglas Z. Doty, Gilbert Emery, Screenplay by Kathryn Scola, Edith Skouras. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson. Barbara Stanwyck brings her usual fiery intensity…

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Moonfleet (1955)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jan Lustig, Margaret Fitts, based on the novel by J. Meade Falkner.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Having recently lost his mother, young and innocent Jon Whiteley follows her…

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Please Don’t Eat The Daisies (1960)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Euterpe.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on the book by Jean Kerr.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   Doris Day plays housewife to university professor David Niven, who has just graduated…

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High Society (1956)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sol C. Siegel Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick, based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Cole Porter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Delightful musical version of The Philadelphia…

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)

ALBERT LEWIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):     BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Albert Lewin, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1945.   Gorgeously shot gothic horror film based on the…

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Second Fiddle (1939)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by George Bradshaw, Screenplay by Harry Tugend.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Gene Markey.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, David Raksin.  Production Design by Richard Day, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.   Adorable musical featuring Sonja Henie as a small town schoolteacher who…

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The Americanization Of Emily (1964)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Filmways Pictures.  Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, based on the novel by William Bradford Huie.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hans Peters, Elliot Scott.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Tom McAdoo.   A comedy about D-Day? In Paddy…

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Scaramouche (1952)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ronald Millar, George Froeschel, based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Carey Wilson.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom.   The famed swordsman (played by Stewart Granger) scampers around 18th-century…

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Lust For Life (1956)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Norman Corwin, based on the novel by Irving Stone.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan, Freddie Young.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.   Irving Stone’s novel about Vincent Van…

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