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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The Big Knife (1955)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1955.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.   Screenplay by James Poe, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Clifford Odets’s vicious play about…

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The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  RKO Radio Pictures, The Filmakers.  Screenplay by Collier Young, Ida Lupino, adaptation by Robert L. Joseph.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Film Editing by Douglas Stewart. This efficient thriller might be the best of the films that…

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Never Fear (1949)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  The Filmakers.  Screenplay by Ida Lupino, Collier Young.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Ida Lupino, Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Reta Dawson, Margaret Greenway.  Film Editing by Harvey Manger, William H. Ziegler.   Ida Lupino began her directorial career with this sensitive portrayal of a…

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The Bigamist (1953)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1953.  The Filmakers.  Story by Lawrence B. Marcus, Lou Schor, Screenplay by Collier Young.  Cinematography by George E. Diskant.  Produced by Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Film Editing by Stanford Tischler. Joan Fontaine is happily married to Edmond O’Brien and they have no problems save one:  they can’t conceive…

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Hollywood Canteen (1944)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Alex Gottlieb.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   War propaganda has never been as shameless as in this endless bore. The film takes place…

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The Wrong Rut (1949)

ELMER CLIFTON,  IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Not Wanted USA, 1949.  Emerald Productions Inc..  Story by Paul Jarrico, Malvin Wald, Screenplay by Paul Jarrico, Ida Lupino.  Cinematography by Henry Freulich.  Produced by Anson Bond, Ida Lupino.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Jerry Bos.  Film Editing by  William H. Ziegler. Studio actress Ida Lupino stepped…

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