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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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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The North Star

BBB (out of 5) Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering under Nazi atrocities during World War II, the film released while the U.S. still considered the great red nation an ally.  It’s painfully dated and corny now, a vision of village life that looks like an idyllic small American town but with…

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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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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

BBBBB (out of 5) A thoroughly delightful experience. Walter Mitty (Danny Kaye in a standout performance) is a lowly editor for a pulp magazine publishing house who spends half of his life daydreaming (perfect for his job of proofreading vampire stories and salacious detective novelettes). In between fantasies about himself as a ship captain or top…

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The Bishop’s Wife

BBBB (out of 5) Delightful romantic comedy about a frustrated bishop (David Niven) who can’t find a way to build a new cathedral for his parish or work things out with his unhappily ignored wife (Loretta Young). After praying for guidance, an angel appears (in the form of Cary Grant) to help him along, only…

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Bulldog Drummond

BBBB (out of 5) The first great adventure thriller of sound films was this terrific yarn starring Ronald Colman in the title role. He plays a ‘demobilized officer’ of World War I who returns to his life of plush aristocracy only to find it deathly boring and his life in need of a bit of a…

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Guys And Dolls

BBBB (out of 5) Frank Loesser’s fantastic musical, based on stories by Damon Runyon, is served quite faithfully in this thoroughly enjoyable musical. The cast is (surprisingly) headed by Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, and both of them do exceedingly well in both the singing and dancing departments. They play a notorious gambler (him) and a…

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The Best Years Of Our Lives

BBB (out of 5) This extremely popular wartime drama won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1946 but hasn’t really aged all that well.  It describes the life of a trio of soldiers after they’ve returned from World War II, centering mostly on Fredric March readjusting to life with his loving family headed up by…

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The Little Foxes (1941)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, additional scenes and dialogue by Arthur Kober, Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, based on the play by Lillian Hellman.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Meredith Willson.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1941.  …

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Wuthering Heights (1939)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1939.   Romantically filmed, lush adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ever-so-popular novel about love…

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