Random Harvest (1942)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Claudine West, George Froeschel, Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This…

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Midnight Lace (1960)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1960.  Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, based on the play Matilda Shouted Fire by Janet Green.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing…

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The Predator (2018)

SHANE BLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA/Canada, 2018.  Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Canada Film Capital, Dark Castle Entertainment.  Screenplay by Fred Dekker, Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by John Davis, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Martin Whist.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film…

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The Spiral Staircase (1945)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures, Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Mel Dinelli, based on the novel Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad, Harry Marker.  Academy Awards…

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The Corn Is Green (1945)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1945.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Frank Cavett, Casey Robinson, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jack Chertok.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Frederick Richards.  Academy Awards 1945. This fully vibrant adaptation of Emlyn Williams’ successful stage play…

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Johnny Guitar (1954)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 1954.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Roy Chanslor.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Nicholas Ray.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Sheila O’Brien.  Film Editing by Richard L. Van Enger. Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge have a hoot of a time…

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The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1947.  Dore Schary Productions, Vanguard Films,  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Allen Rivkin, Laura Kerr, based on the play by Juurakon Hulda by Hella Wuolijoki. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Feild M. Gray.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by…

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There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5 USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Lamar Trotti, Screenplay by Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Earle Hagen, Bernard Mayers, Alfred Newman, Lionel Newman, Hal Schaefer, Herbert W. Spencer.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla, Miles White.  Film Editing by…

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Julius Caesar (1953)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1953. You wouldn’t think that Marlon Brando‘s mumbling Method acting…

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Mrs. Miniver (1942)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, based on the book by Jan Struther.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin, William Wyler.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1942.   This beautiful World War…

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The Bells Of St. Mary’s (1945)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Rainbow Productions.  Story by Leo McCarey, Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.   Cinematography by George Barnes.   Produced by Leo McCarey.   Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.   Production Design by William Flannery.   Costume Design by Edith Head.   Film Editing by Harry Marker.  Academy Awards 1945.  Golden Globe Awards 1945. Sappy, manipulative and wholly engrossing sequel…

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.  Academy Awards 1941. Wonderful Oscar-winner undeservedly beat Citizen Kane for…

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