Hondo (1953)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Wayne-Fellows Productions, Batjac Productions.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant, from a story by Louis L’Amour.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, Archie Stout. Produced by Robert Fellows. Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman. Production Design by Alfred Ybarra. Costume Design by Carl Walker. Film Editing by…

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Ride The Pink Horse (1947)

ROBERT MONTGOMERY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB . USA, 1947.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Joan Harrison. Music by Frank Skinner. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Bernard Herzbrun. Costume Design by Yvonne Wood. Film Editing by…

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The High and the Mighty (1954)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1954.  Wayne-Fellows Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Robert Fellows, John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  The original disaster movie!…

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Kings Row (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Henry Bellamann.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   This is the most curious masterpiece: a perfect blend of film noir, period…

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Mr. Skeffington (1944)

VINCENT SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, from the story by Elizabeth von Arnim.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   As with many similar soap opera films…

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Harvey (1950)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950. Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney, based on the play by Mary Chase.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by John Beck.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   James Stewart plays a charming fella who appears to have a…

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The Great Lie (1941)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the novel The Far Horizon by Polan Banks.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   When Mary Astor and George Brent elope, they find out their…

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The Prince And The Pauper (1937)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Laird Doyle, based on the play by Catherine Chisholm Cushing, from the novel by Mark Twain.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Adorable…

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The Story Of Louis Pasteur (1936)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Story and Screenplay by Sheridan Gibney, Pierre Collings.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Immensely entertaining, though only erratically factual biopic of the man who introduced…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)

WILLIAM DIETERLE, MAX REINHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Charles Kenyon, Mary C. McCall Jr, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  A cavalcade of Warner Bros. stars…

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The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

MICHAEL CURTIZ, WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I. Miller, based upon ancient Robin Hood legends. Cinematography by Tony Gaudio, Sol Polito.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   It’s hard…

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Anthony Adverse (1936)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Sheridan Gibney, based on the book by Hervey Allen.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Drama and adventure on a grand scale as Fredric March is born to an adulterous woman…

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