The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Charles R. Rogers Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Richard English, Art Arthur, Curtis Kenyon.  Cinematography by James Van Trees.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Louis Forbes, Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Duncan Cramer.  Costume Design by Maria P. Donovan.  Film Editing by George M. Arthur.   The heavily fictionalized origins of…

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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.  Academy Awards…

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Jane Eyre (1943)

ROBERT STEVENSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson, John Houseman, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by William Goetz, Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by William L. Pereira.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   The best adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ever-popular novel…

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Cluny Brown (1946)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, Elizabeth Reinhardt, contributing writer James Hilton, based on the novel by Margery Sharp.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin.  Film…

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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

ALEXANDER KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1941.  Alexander Korda Films.  Original Screenplay by Walter Reisch, R.C. Sherriff.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1941.   Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier play Emma Hamilton and Captain Horatio Nelson, who defied their rigid, early…

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.  Academy Awards 1941. Wonderful Oscar-winner undeservedly beat Citizen Kane for…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the 1931 screenplay by Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein, from the novel The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Victor Fleming.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by…

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Blackmail (1929)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1929.  British International Pictures.  Screenplay by Benn W. Levy, adapted by Alfred Hitchcock, from a play by Charles Bennett.  Cinematography by Jack E. Cox.  Produced by John Maxwell.  Music by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly.  Production Design by C. Wilfred Arnold, Norman G. Arnold.  Film Editing by Emile de Ruelle. This early Hitchcock…

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