Dance Girl Dance (1940)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1940. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay by Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis, from a story by Vicki Baum. Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Erich Pommer. Music by Edward Ward. Production Design by Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Robert Wise. For many…

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Blood On The Moon (1948)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lillie Hayward, adaptation by Harold Shumate, Luke Short, based on the Saturday Evening Post serial story by Luke Short.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Theron Warth.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller. …

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The Boy With Green Hair (1948)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.   Screenplay by Ben Barzman, Alfred Lewis Levitt, based on the story by Betsy Beaton.   Cinematography by George Barnes.   Produced by Stephen Ames.   Music by Leigh Harline.   Production Design by Ralph Berger, Albert S. D’Agostino.   Costume Design by Adele Balkan.   Film Editing by…

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The Body Snatcher (1945)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip MacDonald, Val Lewton, based on the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Renie. …

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Isle of the Dead (1945)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Ardel Wray.  Cinematography by Jack MacKenzie.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Lyle Boyer. Worn down by the Balkan wars, a…

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Cat People (1942)

JACQUES TOURNEUR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1942.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.   Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by Mark Robson. A naval construction engineer (Kent Smith) espies a…

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Androcles And The Lion (1952)

CHESTER ERSKINE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1952.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Chester Erskine, Ken Englund, based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Emile Santiago.  Film Editing by Roland Gross. …

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The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  RKO Radio Pictures, The Filmakers.  Screenplay by Collier Young, Ida Lupino, adaptation by Robert L. Joseph.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Film Editing by Douglas Stewart. This efficient thriller might be the best of the films that…

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This Land Is Mine (1943)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1943.  Jean-Renoir- Dudly Nichols Productions, RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.  Cinematography by Frank Redman.  Produced by Dudley Nichols, Jean Renoir.  Music by Lothar Perl.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Renié.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.  An small, unnamed European country is suffering under Nazi occupation, the brutish officers…

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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

ROBERT WISE, GUNTHER VON FRITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by J.R. Whittredge. The studio pushed producer Val Lewton for a sequel to the surprise hit Cat People, and…

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Crossfire (1947)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by John Paxton, based on the novel The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Adrian Scott. Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Alfred Herman.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.   A man is murdered after leaving a bar…

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The Woman On The Beach (1947)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Davis, Jean Renoir, adaptation by J.R. Michael Hogan, based on the novel by Mitchell Wilson.  Cinematography by Leo Tover, Harry J. Wild.  Produced by Jack J. Gross.  Music by Hanns Eisler.  Production Design by  Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by…

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