An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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Quicksand (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 1950.  Samuel H. Stiefel Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Smith.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Mort Briskin.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is out drinking with the boys when he spots a dangerous…

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The Pied Piper (1942)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by Nevil Shute.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Maurice Ransford.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Allen McNeil.  Monty Woolley is a Brit enjoying a vacation in France after most…

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The Great Commandment (1939)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1939.  Cathedral Films.  Story and Screenplay by Dana Burnet.  Cinematography by Charles P. Boyle.  Produced by John T. Coyle.  Music by Walter Jurmann, Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Edward C. Jewell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Ralph Dixon. An industry of religious B-movies existed in the earlier half of the twentieth century,…

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The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

IRVING PICHEL, ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Alternate title:   Hounds of Zaroff USA, 1932.  RKO Radio Pictures, Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, based on the story by Richard Connell.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carroll Clark.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Podcast: …

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Destination Moon (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  George Pal Productions.  Screenplay by Alford Van Ronkel, Robert A. Heinlein, James O’Hanlon, based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.  Film Editing by Duke Goldstone.   Today this film is merely a curiosity of yesteryear, but at…

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Something In The Wind (1947)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5. USA, 1947.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Fritz Rotter, Charles O’Neal, Screenplay by Harry Kurnitz, William Bowers.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Joseph Sistrom.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Frank A. Richards.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig. Deanna Durbin is all grown up and mistaken for her own…

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Martin Luther (1953)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/West Germany, 1953.  RD-DR Productions, The Lutheran Church in America, Luther Filmgesellshaft, Louis De Rochemont Associates.  Screenplay by Theodore G. Tappert, Jaroslav Pelikan, researched and prepared for the screen by Allan Sloane, Lothar Wolff.  Cinematography by Joseph C. Brun.  Produced by Lothar Wolff.  Music by Mark Lothar.  Production Design by Paul Markwitz, Fritz Maurischat.  Costume…

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Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

LAMBERT HILLYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Bram Stoker, Screenplay by Garrett Fort, based on a suggestion by David O. Selznick, and characters created by Bram Stoker.  Cinematography by George Robinson.  Produced by E.M. Asher.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Brymer.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Gloria Holden makes a…

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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.   Bette Davis stuns the crowd again as a rebellious…

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Juarez (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, Aeneas MacKenzie, Wolfgang Reinhardt, based on the play by Franz Werfel, and the novel The Phantom Crown by Bertita Harding.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren…

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Cleopatra (1934)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence, based on the adaptation of historical material by Bartlett Cormack.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Rudolph G. Kopp.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Vicky Williams.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens.  Academy Awards 1934. Not…

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