Crash Dive (1943)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Original story by W.R. Burnett, Screenplay by Jo Swerling.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Milton Sperling.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Richard Day, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss, Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards…

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Suddenly (1954)

LEWIS ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1954.  Libra Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Richard Sale.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.  Produced by Robert Bassler.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Frank Paul Sylos.  Costume Design by Jack Masters.  Film Editing by John F. Schreyer. The legend goes that this was the film Lee Harvey Oswald watched just days before the assassination…

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Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)

CHARLES REISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Alternate title:  Manhattan Music Box USA, 1937.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Harry Sauber, based on the musical revue by Frank Hummert.  Cinematography by Jack A. Marta.  Produced by Nat Levine.  Music by Alberto Colombo.  Production Design by John Victor Mackay.  Costume Design by Eloise.  Film Editing by Ernest J. Nims.  Academy Awards 1937. A silly distraction that is barely…

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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

CHARLES LAUGHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1955.  Paul Gregory Productions.  Screenplay by James Agee, based on the novel by David Grubb.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Paul Gregory.  Music by Walter Schumann.  Production Design by Hilyard M. Brown.  Costume Design by Jerry Bos.  Film Editing by Robert Golden.   Terrifying thriller directed by Charles Laughton features Robert Mitchum in one of…

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The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, Leonardo Bercovici, based on the novel by Robert Nathan.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson, George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Adrian, Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Monica Collingwood.  Academy Awards 1947. Delightful romantic comedy about…

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller, based on the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Academy Awards 1941.   In this adorable fantasy, a…

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We’re Not Married (1952)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, adaptation by Dwight Taylor, from a story by Gina Kaus, Jay Dratler.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Elois Jenssen.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  …

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis, based on the novel by Betty Smith.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Louis D. Lighton.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Academy Awards 1945.   The book that has been clasped…

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The Clock (1945)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Paul Gallico, Pauline Gallico, Screenplay by Robert Nathan, Joseph Schrank.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman.  Production Design by William Ferrari, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by George White. Judy Garland in her first non-musical film, a drama directed by her…

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I’ll See You In My Dreams (1951)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose,  based on The Gus Kahn Story by Louis F. Edelman, Grace Kahn.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Douglas Bacon.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by Joseph Kesselring.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell. Hilarious adaptation of the popular play about a well-intentioned…

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A Free Soul (1931)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 1931.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Becky Gardiner, dialogue by John Meehan, based on the play by Willard Mack, from the novel by Adela Rogers St. Johns.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1930/1931.   It’s…

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