Arrowsmith (1931)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1931.  John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in the…

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Richard III (1955)

BBBB (out of 5) Once you get over the silly fake nose and wig that seems to come out of an episode of The Smurfs, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Laurence Olivier‘s full-blooded performance as the title character of Shakespeare’s bloody play. Olivier also directs this excellent production, filmed in gorgeous colour with a fantastic cast that…

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The Tell-Tale Heart (1960)

ERNEST MORRIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Danziger Productions Ltd..Screenplay by Brian Clemens, Eldon Howard, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by James Wilson.  Produced by Edward J. Danziger, Harry Lee Danziger.  Music by Tony Crombie, Bill LeSage.  Production Design by Norman G. Arnold, Peter Russell.  Costume Design by Rene Coke.  Film Editing by Derek Parsons.   Edgar…

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The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.  Academy Awards 1942. Despite the studio’s merciless cuts and reshoots, Orson Welles’ classic period film…

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