Lost Horizon (1973)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 1973. Columbia Pictures, Ross Hunter Productions. Screenplay by Larry Kramer, based on the novel by James Hilton. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by Ross Hunter. Music by Burt Bacharach. Production Design by E. Preston Ames. Costume Design by Jean Louis. Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.  Podcast:…

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Random Harvest (1942)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Claudine West, George Froeschel, Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This…

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Charles Frend.   Robert Donat is fantastic in this superior adaptation of James Hilton’s novel about a shy boys’ school…

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Cluny Brown (1946)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, Elizabeth Reinhardt, contributing writer James Hilton, based on the novel by Margery Sharp.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin.  Film…

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Madame Curie (1943)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, Hans Rameau, based on the book by Eve Curie.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This film biography of scientist Marie Curie, who discovered radium, is one of…

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1969.  APJAC Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.   All the charm has been sapped out of this musical version of…

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Mrs. Miniver (1942)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, based on the book by Jan Struther.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin, William Wyler.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This beautiful World War II morale…

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Camille (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, Frances Marion, James Hilton, from the play and novel by Alexandre Dumas fils.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Karl Freund.  Produced by Bernard H. Hyman, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.   Greta Garbo is excellent in this age-old,…

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Bennett, Joan Harrison, dialogue by James Hilton, Robert Benchley.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.   Alfred Hitchcock does it again with this fascinating spy thriller. An American…

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Lost Horizon (1937)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Ernest Dryden.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick, Gene Milford.   Ronald Colman and crew think it’s over for them when their plane crashes…

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