The Westerner (1940)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Niven Busch, based on the story by Stuart N. Lake.   Cinematography by Gregg Toland.   Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.   Production Design by James Basevi. Costume Design by Irene Saltern.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, based on the novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Lamar Trotti.  Music by Cyril J. Mockbridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Richard Day.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing…

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Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, Richard Macaulay.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, Allen M. Davey.  Produced by Milton Sperling.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by James Basevi, Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean….

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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures, ARKO.  Story by Merian C. Cooper, Screenplay by Ruth Rose.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Adele Balkan.  Film Editing by Ted Cheesman.  Merian Cooper and…

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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1940.  Argosy Pictures, Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on four Sea Plays by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1940.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting…

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Wilson (1944)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1944.  Golden Globe Awards 1944. Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck really put his…

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The Song Of Bernadette (1943)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by George Seaton, based on the novel by Franz Werfel.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by William Perlberg.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi, William S. Darling.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1943.  Golden Globe Awards 1943.   This adaptation of…

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Stormy Weather (1943)

ANDREW L. STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Jerry Horwin, Seymour B. Robinson, Screenplay by Frederick J. Jackson, Ted Koehler, adaptation by H.S. Kraft.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.   The best…

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Heaven Can Wait (1943)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Birthday by Leslie Bush-Fekete.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Alfred Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Leland Fuller.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Academy Awards 1943.   Not since…

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Pin-Up Girl (1944)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Libbie Block, Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, Earl Baldwin.  Cinematography by Ernest Palmer.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Arthur Lange, Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson. Betty Grable‘s dullest…

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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings, based on the short stories The Big Hunt and War Party by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Michael Meyers, Ann Peck.  Film Editing…

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Wuthering Heights (1939)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1939. Romantically filmed, lush adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ever-so-popular novel about…

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