Strange Cargo (1940)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1940. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Lawrence Hazard, based on the book Not Too Narrow…Not Too Deep by Richard Sale. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Robert Kern….

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The Verdict (1946)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1946.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Milne, Israel Zangwill.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Ted Smith.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly.   Sydney Greenstreet gives a deliciously subtle performance as a judge who is removed from his position after a man…

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Quicksand (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 1950.  Samuel H. Stiefel Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Smith.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Mort Briskin.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is out drinking with the boys when he spots a dangerous…

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Tales of Terror (1962)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1962. Alta Vista Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by Floyd Crosby.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Les Baxter.  Production Design by Daniel Haller.  Costume Design by Marjorie Corso.  Film Editing by Anthony Carras. Highly entertaining triple dose of Edgar Allan Poe stories, all starring Vincent Price…

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My Favourite Brunette (1947)

ELLIOTT NUGENT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Hope Enterprises.  Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Daniel Dare, Bob Hope.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.   Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for…

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M (1931)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Germany, 1931.  Nero-Film AG.  Screenplay by Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang, based on an article by Egon Jacobson.  Cinematography by Fritz Arno Wagner.  Produced by Seymour Nebenzal.  Production Design by Emil Hasler, Karl Vollbrecht.  Film Editing by Paul Falkenberg.  Early film noir is considered the most important step in German expressionist cinema. Directed by…

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by Earl Felton, based on the novel by Jules Verne.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Harper Goff.  Costume Design by Norman Martien.  Film Editing by Elmo Williams.   It’s a whale of a tale as Jules Verne’s exciting adventure story…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.   The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand imitations. Granted,…

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Beat The Devil (1953)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA/Italy, 1953.  Romulus Films, Dear Film, Santana Pictures Corporation, Rizzoli-Haggiag.  Screenplay by Truman Capote, John Huston, based on the novel by Claud Cockburn.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by John Huston.  Music by Franco Mannino.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.  This exotic adventure stars Humphrey Bogart and is directed by…

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Hollywood Canteen (1944)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Alex Gottlieb.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   War propaganda has never been as shameless as in this endless bore. The film takes place…

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Casablanca (1942)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, based on the play Everybody Comes To Rick’s by Murray Burnett, Joan Alison.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks. Here’s another one of…

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Secret Agent (1936)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1936.  Gaumont British Picture Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Bennett, dialogue by Ian Hay, continuity by Alma Reville, additional dialogue by Jesse Lasky Jr., based on the play by Campbell Dixon, from the novel Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Bernard Knowles.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by John Greenwood.  Production…

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