A Double Life (1947)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1947.  Kanin Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Michael Kanin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish.   Ronald Colman plays a famous Broadway actor who struggles with detaching from the job,…

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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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Gilda (1946)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1946.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by E.A. Ellington, Adaptation by Jo Eisinger, Screenplay by Marion Parsonnet.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Virginia Van Upp.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Cannes Film Festival 1946. Rita Hayworth is married to controlling and…

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The Petrified Forest (1936)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screen play by Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves, based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks. Early Bette Davis classic is one of the best stage…

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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 Informer (1935)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, from the story by Liam O’Flaherty.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by George Hively.  Academy Awards 1935. Victor McLaglen plays an ex-IRA soldier who was thrown out by…

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The Killing (1956)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Harris-Kubrick Productions.  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, dialogue by Jim Thompson, based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by James B. Harris.  Music by Gerald Fried.  Production Design by Ruth Sobotka.  Costume Design by Beaumell, Rudy Harrington.  Film Editing by Betty Steinberg. Stanley Kubrick’s reputation was…

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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Buckner.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Errol Flynn, John Hughes.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy. Although its historical accuracy is more than questionable, this mixed up western does offer up the opportunity to…

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Sergeant York (1941)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Abem Finkel, Harry Chandlee, Howard Koch, John Huston, based on the diary of  Alvin C. York, edited by Tom Skeyhill.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by S. Kring, Ted Schultz, Jeanette…

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It Came From Outer Space

BBBB (out of 5) There’s nothing better than movies where aliens take over a woman’s body and she suddenly starts wearing sexy cocktail dresses. This terrific science-fiction film, which bears the distinction of having been written by Ray Bradbury, takes place in a tiny American town that is completely unaware that aliens have crash-landed in…

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