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 Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Frank Ross-Norma Krasna Inc..  Screenplay by Norman Krasna.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.. Produced by Frank Ross. Music by Roy Webb. Production Design by William Cameron Menzies. Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Department stores as microcosms of capitalist concern in an…

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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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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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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures, ARKO.  Story by Merian C. Cooper, Screenplay by Ruth Rose.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Adele Balkan.  Film Editing by Ted Cheesman.  Merian Cooper and…

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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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Love Affair (1939)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram, Screenplay by Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart. Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer, Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward Dmytryk, George Hively.   Charles Boyer is…

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Becky Sharp (1935)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  Pioneer Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, based on the play by Langdon Mitchell, from the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by George Hazenbush.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   Thackeray’s massive Vanity Fair has been…

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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.   Much…

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Kitty Foyle: The Natural History Of A Woman (1940)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the novel by Christopher Morley.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by David Hempstead.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by Henry Berman.   Ginger Rogers had to go dramatic to…

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Out Of The Past (1947)

JACQUES TOURNEUR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring, based on his novel Build My Gallows High.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Warren Duff.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Samuel E. Beetley.   Stellar film noir features a terrific lead performance by…

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