Hondo (1953)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Wayne-Fellows Productions, Batjac Productions.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant, from a story by Louis L’Amour.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, Archie Stout. Produced by Robert Fellows. Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman. Production Design by Alfred Ybarra. Costume Design by Carl Walker. Film Editing by…

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Rio Lobo (1970)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Mexico, 1970.  Cinema Center Films, Malabar.  Story by Burton Wohl, Screenplay by Burton Wohl, Leigh Brackett.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by Howard Hawks.   Music by Jerry Goldsmith.   Production Design by Robert Emmet Smith. Costume Design by Leah Rhodes. Film Editing by John Woodcock. Howard Hawks…

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Reap The Wild Wind (1942)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Le May, Charles Bennett, Jesse Lasky Jr., based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Thelma Strabel.  Cinematography by Victor Milner, William V. Skall.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans…

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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.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting and dark…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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The Alamo (1960)

JOHN WAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Batjac Productions, The Alamo Company.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.  National Board of Review Awards 1960.   Three hours of wet matches…

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Baby Face (1933)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Warner Bros.. Story by Darryl F. Zanuck, Screenplay by Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola.  Cinematography by James Van Trees.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Howard Bretherton.   You need look no further for proof that Barbara Stanwyck was destined for stardom than this…

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The Lucky Texan (1934)

ROBERT N. BRADBURY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Paul Malvern Productions, Lone Star Productions.  Screenplay by Robert N. Bradbury.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Paul Malvern.  Film Editing by Carl Pierson. Delightful early adventure that makes an easy case for why the Duke became a legend.  John Wayne and his buddy George ‘Gabby’ Hayes find pieces of gold…

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Operation Pacific (1951)

GEORGE WAGGNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by George Waggner.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..   Shameless war propaganda that isn’t without its merits.  John Wayne is excellent as a submarine officer whose vessel is trying to perfect the launching…

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Wake Of The Red Witch (1948)

EDWARD LUDWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Harry Brown, Kenneth Gamet, based on the novel by Garland Roark.  Cinematography by Reggie Lanning.   Produced by Edmund Grainger.  Music by Nathan Scott.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Richard L. Van Enger.   Who can resist high seas adventure that…

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Red River (1948)

HOWARD HAWKS, ARTHUR ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Monterey Productions.  Story by Borden Chase, Screenplay by Borden Chase, Charles Schnee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by John Datu.  Costume Design by Jack E. Miller.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.  Academy Awards 1948.   Up there with The Searchers and Rio Bravo as the…

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