Strange Cargo (1940)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1940. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Lawrence Hazard, based on the book Not Too Narrow…Not Too Deep by Richard Sale. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Robert Kern….

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Flirtation Walk (1934)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  First National Pictures.  Story by Delmer Daves, Louis F. Edelman, Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Sol Polito.  Produced by Frank Borzage.  Music by Heinz Roemhold.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  Silly but…

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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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You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man (1939)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Story by W.C. Fields, Screenplay by George Marion Jr., Richard Mack, Everett Freeman.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Lester Cowan.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig. Even fans of W.C. Fields will find little to enjoy in…

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King Of Jazz (1930)

JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON, PAL FEJOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1930.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Harry Ruskin.  Cinematography by Jerome Ash, Hal Mohr, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Costume Design by Herman Rosse.  Film Editing by Robert Carlisle.  Academy Awards 1929/1930.   Haphazard musical beautifully displays the excellent jazz of Paul Whiteman. Set up as a loose series of sketches,…

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