David And Bathsheba (1951)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean. King David, played in some pretty…

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Reap The Wild Wind (1942)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Le May, Charles Bennett, Jesse Lasky Jr., based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Thelma Strabel.  Cinematography by Victor Milner, William V. Skall.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans…

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The Old Dark House (1932)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J.B. Priestley.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by David Broekman.  Production Design by Russell A. Gausman.  Film Editing by Clarence Kolster. James Whale could rarely make a movie without…

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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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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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Possessed (1947)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1947.  Warner Bros..  Story by Rita Weiman, Screenplay by Silvia Richards, Ranald MacDougall.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by  Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Adrian, Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.  Academy Awards 1947.  Cannes Film Festival 1947. Joan Crawford is madly in love with architect Van Heflin, but he’s had…

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A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  Stairway To Heaven United Kingdom, 1946.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Allan Gray.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills. Gorgeously photographed, full-colour romantic fantasy set during World War II,…

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49th Parallel (1941)

MICHAEL POWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Alternate title:  The Invaders United Kingdom, 1941.  Ortus Films.  Scenario by Rodney Ackland, Emeric Pressburger, Original story and screenplay by Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Michael Powell.  Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Production Design by David Rawnsley.  Film Editing by David Lean.  Academy Awards 1941. The first international hit that put the team of…

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The Drum (1938)

ZOLTAN KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom, 1938.  London Film Productions.  Scenario by Arthur Wimperis, Patrick Kirwan, Hugh Gray, adaptation by Lajos Biro, based on the story by A.E.W. Mason.  Cinematography by Osmond Borradaile, Georges Perinal.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by John Greenwood.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Henry Cornelius.   Passable…

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East Of Eden (1955)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1955.  Cannes Film Festival 1955.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Things To Come (1936)

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1936.  London Film Productions.  Screenplay by H.G. Wells, based on his novel The Shape Of Things To Come.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Arthur Bliss.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by John Armstrong, Rene Hubert, Cathleen Mann.  Film Editing by Charles Crichton, Francis D. Lyon. Rare case of classic…

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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Buckner.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Errol Flynn, John Hughes.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy. Although its historical accuracy is more than questionable, this mixed up western does offer up the opportunity to…

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