King Kong (1976)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1976.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, from an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by John Barry.  Production…

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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures, ARKO.  Story by Merian C. Cooper, Screenplay by Ruth Rose.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Adele Balkan.  Film Editing by Ted Cheesman.  Merian Cooper and…

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Mighty Joe Young (1998)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  RKO Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner, based on a story by Merian C. Cooper and a screenplay by Ruth Rose. Cinematography by Donald Peterman, Oliver Wood.  Produced by Ted Hartley, Tom Jacobson.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.  Academy…

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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings, based on the short stories The Big Hunt and War Party by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Michael Meyers, Ann Peck.  Film Editing…

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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 Quiet Man (1952)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Republic Pictures, Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the story by Maurice Walsh.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. If The…

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King Kong (1933)

MERIAN C. COOPER, ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, from an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace.  Cinematography by Edward Linden, J.O. Taylor, Vernon L. Walker.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carroll Clark.  Costume Design…

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Chang: A Drama Of The Wilderness (1927)

MERIAN C. COOPER, ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1927.  Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation.  Screenplay by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, titles by Achmed Abdullah.  Cinematography by Ernest B. Schoedsack.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack.  Music by Bruce Gaston.   Wonderfully crafted adventure film that works as part documentary, part staged…

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King Kong (2005)

PETER JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  New Zealand/USA/Germany, 2005.  Universal Pictures, WingNut Films, Big Primate Pictures, MFPV Film.  Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, based on a story by Merian C. Cooper, Peter Jackson.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Grant Major.  Costume Design…

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Little Women (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Kitchin.  Academy Awards 1932/1933. Considered by some…

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