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.  Academy Awards 1937.  This excellent…

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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.  Academy Awards 1931/1932. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in…

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Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

BBBB (out of 5) Although not as ubiquitously adored as It’s A Wonderful Life as classic Christmas movies go, this one has the advantage of being much sassier than Capra’s heartwarmer. Maureen O’Hara is excellent as a Macy’s employee who is in serious trouble when the Santa Claus she has hired for the annual Christmas parade turns…

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The Pied Piper (1942)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by Nevil Shute.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Maurice Ransford.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Allen McNeil.  Academy Awards 1942.   Monty Woolley is a Brit enjoying a vacation in France after most…

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Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1937.   Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of the…

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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1939.   Henry Fonda is perfectly cast (with an impressive prosthetic nose) as Honest Abe, with John Ford’s sturdy direction telling a…

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Three Broadway Girls (The Greeks Had A Word For Them)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightful precursor to How To Marry A Millionaire in which the comedy isn’t as light and the girls are a hell of a lot cattier. Joan Blondell and Madge Evans are thrilled when their old pal Ina Claire comes roaring back into town, the three of them planning to get rich quick by…

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Exodus

BBB (out of 5) Otto Preminger’s three hour-plus presentation of the forming of the state of Israel has some great moments, but could definitely afford to be a lot shorter. It begins with European Jewish refugees stuck aboard an immobile ocean liner waiting for permission to land on the British-controlled shores of Cyprus, through to…

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The Front Page

BBBB (out of 5) Despite the technologically awkward aspects of this 1931 production that leave it horribly dated, this Lewis Milestone classic features a sparkling screenplay (based on the hit stage play) that just can’t be beat. Taking place in a prison’s press room, it stars Adolphe Menjou as a relentless newspaper editor who will stop…

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Second Fiddle

BBBB (out of 5) Adorable musical featuring Sonja Henie as a small town schoolteacher who is selected to play the heroine in a Gone With The Wind-like epic that Hollywood producers have spent years trying to make. After an endless line of actresses have been tested for the role, Henie is chosen and finds herself overwhelmed…

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Moon Over Miami

BBB (out of 5) Betty Grable goes to a resort in Miami posing as a wealthy heiress in order to ensnare a rich husband. She gets Don Ameche instead, but at least he really loves her and they sound great together singing duets. This piece of fluff is completely harmless, less enjoyable than Down Argentine Way (also…

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The Ghost And Mrs. Muir

BBBB (out of 5) Gene Tierney decides to break free of her late husband’s dowdy family and informs her mother- and sister-in-law that, despite the difficult financial circumstances her husband’s death impressed upon her, she has decided to strike out on her own. She rents a beautiful seaside cottage with her little daughter (a nine year-old…

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