One Foot In Heaven (1941)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the book by Hartzell Spence.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Irving Rapper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Warren Low. In early twentieth-century Stratford,…

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The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  This excellent John…

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Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

GEORGE SEATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Valentine Davies, Screenplay by George Seaton.  Cinematography by Lloyd Ahern Sr., Charles G. Clarke.  Produced by William Perlberg. Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Richard Day, Richard Irvine.  Costume Design by Kay Nelson.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1947.  Golden Globe Awards 1947. Although not…

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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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June Bride (1948)

BRETAIGNE WINDUST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1948.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall, based on the play Feature For June by Eileen Tighe, Graeme Lorimer.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   Low-point in Bette Davis‘s career, the box-office results of this film…

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Mr. Skeffington (1944)

VINCENT SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, from the story by Elizabeth von Arnim.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1944.   As with many similar soap…

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The Old Maid (1939)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, from the play by Zoe Akins and the novel by Edith Wharton.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy. Typical Bette Davis soaper has the great actress giving birth to…

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The Great Lie (1941)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the novel The Far Horizon by Polan Banks.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1941. When Mary Astor and George Brent elope, they find…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.  Academy Awards 1941. The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand…

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The West Point Story (1950)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Alternate title:  Fine and Dandy USA, 1950.  Warner Bros..  Story by Irving Wallace, Screenplay by John Monks Jr., Charles Hoffman, Irving Wallace.  Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Charles H. Clarke.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards…

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Young Man With A Horn (1950)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Edmund H. North, based on the novel by Dorothy Baker. Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr.. A little boy, parentless and being raised by…

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Pocketful Of Miracles (1961)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1961.  Franton Productions.  Screenplay by Hal Kanter, Harry Tugend, based on a screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a story by Damon Runyon.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Walter Scharf.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank…

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