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 … More King Kong (1976)

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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.  Academy Awards 1949.   … More Mighty Joe Young (1949)

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Mighty Joe Young

BBBB (out of 5) In this remake of the forties classic, Bill Paxton plays an L.A. Zoo animal researcher who travels to Africa and witnesses a wonder: a fifteen-foot gorilla named Joe. Soon after a hazardous meeting with the great ape, he also meets Joe’s best friend, a beautiful blonde woman (Charlize Theron) who grew up … More Mighty Joe Young

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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 by … More She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

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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 dark … More The Searchers (1956)

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The Quiet Man

BBBBB (out of 5) If The Searchers is John Wayne’s best western, The Quiet Man is his best film outside the Oater genre. He plays a champion boxer who runs away from his high-profile life after a tragic accident in the ring, seeking shelter in his mother’s native Ireland and looking to buy the home … More The Quiet Man

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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 … More King Kong (1933)

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