Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1952.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Story by Myles Connolly, Screenplay by Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Walter Scharf.  Production Design by Antoni Clave, Richard Day.  Costume Design by Antoni Clave, Mary Wills.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  The…

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The High and the Mighty (1954)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1954.  Wayne-Fellows Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Robert Fellows, John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  The original disaster movie!…

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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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Woman On The Run (1950)

NORMAN FOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Fidelity Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Alan Campbell, Norman Foster, from a story by Sylvia Tate.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Howard Welsch.  Music by Arthur Lange, Emil Newman.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Martha Bunch, Travilla.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig. A man walking his dog late at night…

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Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1959.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by John D. Voelker.   Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Duke Ellington.   Production Design by Boris Leven.   Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.  New…

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7 Faces Of Dr. Lao (1964)

GEORGE PAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1964.  George Pal Productions. Screenplay by Charles Beaumont, based on the novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Robert Fuca.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.  Academy Awards…

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Captain Kidd (1945)

ROWLAND V. LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 USA, 1945.   Benedict Bogeaus Production, Captain Kidd Productions Inc..   Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, from an original story by Robert N. Lee.Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Benedict Bogaeus.   Music by Werner Janssen.   Production Design by Charles Odds.   Costume Design by Greta.   Film Editing by James Smith.   Academy…

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His Girl Friday (1940)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Sidney Cutner, Felix Mills.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.   Howard Hawks remakes The Front Page with…

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Jungle Book (1942)

BBBB (out of 5) Rudyard Kipling’s most popular story, frequently adapted to film, has its richest and most enjoyable treatment in this wonderful adventure by Zoltan Korda.  Sabu is a delight as Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves after his father is attacked by the evil tiger Shere Khan and he is separated from his…

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by James Warner, Willis Goldbeck, based on the story by Dorothy M. Johnson.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by Willis Goldbeck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.  Academy Awards 1962.   An aged James Stewart shows…

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The Searchers (1956)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1956.  C.V. Whitney Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by James Basevi, Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.   A perfect Western, and a study in the…

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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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