Caged (1950)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1950. Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld, based on the article Inside Women’s Prison by Virginia Kellogg.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Charles H. Clarke.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing…

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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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Mary Poppins

BBBBB (out of 5) After so many years, this film hasn’t aged a day: whether you’re a young tot or a full-grown adult it still retains its fresh charm and lively vigour. Julie Andrews is brilliant as the magical nanny who lives on a cloud and comes down to earth to be a guardian for children…

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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 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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My Darling Clementine (1946)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1946.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samuel G. Engel, Winston Miller, from a story by Sam Hellman, based on the book by Stuart N. Lake.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Samuel G. Engel.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  John…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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The Devil And Daniel Webster (1941)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.    Alternate title:  All That Money Can Buy USA, 1941.  William Dieterle Productions.  Screenplay by Dan Totheroh, Stephen Vincent Benet, based on the story by Stephen Vincent Benet.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by William Dieterle.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert…

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Gone With The Wind (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Hal C. Kern.  Academy Awards 1939. Like I could possibly say…

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The Scarlet Empress (1934)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor McGeary, Manuel Komroff, based on the diary of Catherine II.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Josef von Sternberg.  Music by W. Franke Harling, John Leipold.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Josef von Sternberg, Sam Winston. The role of Catherine The Great…

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The Rains Came (1939)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Julien Josephson, based on the novel by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller, Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by William S. Darling, George Dudley.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1939. Myrna Loy‘s glamour…

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Design For Living (1933)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by John Leipold. Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Frances Marsh.   Even by today’s standards this romantic comedy, based very loosely…

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