The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Original story by Leo McCarey, Frank R. Adams, Screenplay by S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.   Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.   Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day.   Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd. …

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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.  This excellent John…

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Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1937. Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of…

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Wuthering Heights (1939)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1939. Romantically filmed, lush adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ever-so-popular novel about…

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Come And Get It (1936)

WILLIAM WYLER, HOWARD HAWKS, RICHARD ROSSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1936.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Jane Murfin, Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate, Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Edward Curtiss.  Academy Awards 1936. Edna Ferber’s themes of…

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These Three (1936)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1936.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on her play The Children’s Hour.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1936. First of two film adaptations of Lillian Hellman’s play The…

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Dodsworth (1936)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1936.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1936. Most of William Wyler’s films of the thirties and forties…

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Stella Dallas (1937)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, dramatization by Harry Wagstaff Gribble, Gertrude Purcell, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty.   Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1937….

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A Star Is Born (1937)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Robert Carson, based on a story by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene. Produced by David O. Selznick. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Lansing C. Holden. Costume Design by Omar Kiam. Film Editing by…

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Les Miserables (1935)

BBB (out of 5) Stodgy, lifeless adaptation of Victor Hugo’s definitive novel was probably much more challenging in its day but seems shallow now. Fredric March is very dramatic as iconic hero Jean Valjean, who is sent to the galley for ten years in pre-revolutionary France for stealing a loaf of bread and ends up paying…

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