7th Heaven (1927)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1927.  Frank Borzage Production, Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, adaptation and titles by Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell, based on the play by Austin Strong. Cinematography by Ernest Palmer, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by William Fox.  Music by R.H. Bassett.  Production Design by Freddie Stoos. …

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Possessed (1947)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1947.  Warner Bros..  Story by Rita Weiman, Screenplay by Silvia Richards, Ranald MacDougall.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by  Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Adrian, Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.   Joan Crawford is madly in love with architect Van Heflin, but he’s had his fun with her and…

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The Wolf Man (1941)

GEORGE WAGGNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Curt Siodmak.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by George Waggner.  Music by Charles Previn, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.   Lon Chaney Jr. plays an heir who returns home to England for the first time in decades,…

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Three Smart Girls (1936)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Adele Comandini.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by John W. Harkrider.  Costume Design by Albert Nickels.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.  Academy Awards 1936. Its morality is hopelessly dated, but the fun is still infectious after all…

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One Hundred Men And A Girl (1937)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Universal Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Bruce Manning, Charles Kenyon, James Mulhauser, based on an idea by Hanns Kraly.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Charles Previn, Frank Skinner.  Production Design by John W. Harkrider.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.   Deanna Durbin is in…

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First Love (1939)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Manning, Lionel Houser.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Henry Koster, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Charles Previn, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.  Cute modern-day version of Cinderella, with the lovely Deanna…

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Joan Of Arc (1948)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1948.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Maxwell Anderson, Andrew Solt, based on the play Joan Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch, William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins, Barbara Karinska.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  …

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Rope (1948)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Warner Bros., Transatlantic Pictures.  Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, adapted by Hume Cronyn, based on the play by Patrick Hamilton.  Cinematography by William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Alfred Hitchcock…

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Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1943.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Gordon McDonell, Screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Jack H. Skirball.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Hitchcock later said that this was his favourite of…

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Saboteur (1942)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Frank Lloyd Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Eugene Joseff.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig. Beautifully photographed but anticlimactic Hitchcock thriller about an innocent man (Robert Cummings)…

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My Little Chickadee (1940)

EDWARD F. CLINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Mae West, W.C. Fields.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Lester Cowan.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Russell A. Gausman.  Costume Design by Eugene Joseff.  Film Editing by Edward Curtiss. Two comedic giants are teamed up in this hilarious comedy. Mae West stars as a woman…

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