The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  Academy Awards 1937.  This excellent…

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Night Nurse

BBBB (out of 5) Barbara Stanwyck is accepted into a hospital as a trainee to become a nurse, assisting doctors with the business of getting well. She immediately becomes chummy with equally smart-mouthed Joan Blondell and we watch as the two of them lend their efforts to ill patients and frustrated doctors in operating rooms. In the…

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Manhattan Melodrama

BBBB (out of 5) This was the first time Myrna Loy and William Powell were ever teamed up on film; their sparkling chemistry led director W.S. Van Dyke to cast them, against Louis B. Mayer’s objections, in his upcoming film version of Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man. It’s also the only time Powell ever made…

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Duel In The Sun

BB.5 (out of 5) Raucously cheesy western stars Jennifer Jones (in a terribly overripe performance) as a lusty Mexican girl who boils Gregory Peck‘s blood while staying with him at his ranch and eventually becoming his wife. Lillian Gish‘s death scene is a study in hilarity, and the final pistol showdown between Jones (whose husband…

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A Farewell To Arms

BBB.5 (out of 5) Poetic and swoony adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel. Gary Cooper plays a (very tall) American soldier who falls in love with (very short) kindly nurse Helen Hayes.  The two of them have to avoid being seen by their superiors or else she will be sent away, but the real challenge…

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