The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Edwin Blum, William Absalom Drake, based on the play by William Gillette, from characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett, David Buttolph, Cyril J. Mockridge, David…

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Charles Frend.   Robert Donat is fantastic in this superior adaptation of James Hilton’s novel about a shy boys’ school…

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Lolita (1962)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom, 1962.  A.A. Productions Ltd., Anya, Transworld Pictures.  Screenplay by Vladimir Nabokov, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by James B. Harris.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by William C. Andrews.  Costume Design by Elsa Fennell.  Film Editing by Anthony Harvey.   Humbert Humbert (James Mason) arrives from Europe to a…

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Fiend Without A Face (1958)

ARTHUR CRABTREE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Producers Associates.  Screenplay by Herbert J. Leder, based on the original story The Thought Monster by Amelia Reynolds Long.  Cinematography by Lionel Banes.  Produced by John Croydon.  Music by  Buxton Orr.  Production Design by John Elphick.  Costume Design by Anna Duse.  Film Editing by Richard Q. McNaughton.   An unseen force is wiping out soldiers…

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Sweethearts (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, based on the musical book by Fred De Gresac, Harry B. Smith, Robert B. Smith.  Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Fred De Gresac, Harry B. Smith, Robert B. Smith, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric…

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National Velvet (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Theodore Reeves, Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Adored by young and old alike for decades, and rightfully so.  Elizabeth Taylor became an…

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