My Darling Clementine (1946)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1946.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samuel G. Engel, Winston Miller, from a story by Sam Hellman, based on the book by Stuart N. Lake.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Samuel G. Engel.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  John…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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The Spoilers

BBB (out of 5) Average adaptation of Rex Beach’s novel (one of five filmed versions, though you’ll be hard-pressed to find any of the other ones) features John Wayne as a man who strikes gold in a turn-of-the-century mining town in the Old West, only to have to protect it from evil dudes who plan…

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Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley, based on the story The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Gene de Paul.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1954.  …

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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Buckner.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Errol Flynn, John Hughes.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy. Although its historical accuracy is more than questionable, this mixed up western does offer up the opportunity to…

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San Francisco (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, based on the story by Robert E. Hopkins.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Tom Held.  Academy Awards 1936. Hilariously campy drama that couldn’t possibly…

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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939. Pre-revolutionary Americans Henry Fonda and…

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