Holiday (1938)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1938. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman, based on the play by Philip Barry. Cinematography by Franz Planer. Produced by Everett Riskin. Music by Sidney Cutner. Production Design by Stephen Goosson. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Al Clark, Otto Meyer….

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A Woman’s Face (1941)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1941. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Elliot Paul, based on the play by Francis de Croisset. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. Joan Crawford…

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The Body Snatcher (1945)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip MacDonald, Val Lewton, based on the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Renie. …

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Hollywood On Trial (1976)

DAVID HELPERN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by Arnie Reisman.  Cinematography by Barry Abrams.  Produced by James C. Gutman.  Film Editing by Frank Galvin.  Academy Awards 1977.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977. The period of the Hollywood Blacklist is one of the ugliest eras of American political history, and certainly not something that, in retrospect,…

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Watch On the Rhine (1943)

HERMAN SHUMLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Dashiell Hammett, additional scenes and dialogue by Lillian Hellman, based on her play.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.  Academy Awards 1943.  Golden Globe Awards 1943.   Lillian…

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Marie Antoinette (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, based in part on the book by Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1938.   Married to the…

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Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Adaptation by Lawrence B. Marcus, based on the play by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Matty Malneck.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Joe King.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden Globe…

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Jane Eyre (1943)

ROBERT STEVENSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson, John Houseman, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by William Goetz, Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by William L. Pereira.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   The best adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ever-popular novel…

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Wake Of The Red Witch (1948)

EDWARD LUDWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Harry Brown, Kenneth Gamet, based on the novel by Garland Roark.  Cinematography by Reggie Lanning.   Produced by Edmund Grainger.  Music by Nathan Scott.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Richard L. Van Enger.   Who can resist high seas adventure that…

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Captain Kidd

ROWLAND V. LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Charles Laughton‘s personality makes worthwhile viewing of this otherwise forgettable adventure film set on the high seas. He plays a pirate who feigns reform in an effort to convince the king of England to allow him to escort a shipment of treasure from India back to the…

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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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The Egyptian (1954)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Mika Waltari. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1954….

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