Our Town (1940)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Sol Lesser Productions.  Screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Frank Craven, Harry Chandlee, based on the play by Thornton Wilder.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Sol Lesser.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Edward P. Lambert.  Film Editing by…

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Official Secrets (2019)

GAVIN HOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2019.  Classified Films, Clear Pictures Entertainment, Screen Yorkshire, The Gordon Company.  Screenplay by Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein, Gavin Hood, based on the book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell. …

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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.  This excellent John…

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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1940.  Argosy Pictures, Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on four Sea Plays by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting and dark…

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Wilson (1944)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.   Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck really put his back into the studio’s prestige…

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Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story Plane From Barranca by Howard Hawks. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   This exquisite drama has long been…

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Stagecoach (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the story by Ernest Haycox.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Gerard Carbonara.  Production Design by Alexander Toluboff.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer. The western that started it all; certainly the genre was already well established as…

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The Devil And Daniel Webster (1941)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.    Alternate title:  All That Money Can Buy USA, 1941.  William Dieterle Productions.  Screenplay by Dan Totheroh, Stephen Vincent Benet, based on the story by Stephen Vincent Benet.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by William Dieterle.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert…

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, adaptation by Bruno Frank, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Hamilton, Robert Wise.   Richly enjoyable, thoroughly…

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Gone With The Wind (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Hal C. Kern.   Like I could possibly say anything that…

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Pocketful Of Miracles (1961)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1961.  Franton Productions.  Screenplay by Hal Kanter, Harry Tugend, based on a screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a story by Damon Runyon.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Walter Scharf.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank…

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Liberty Films.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, additional scenes by Jo Swerling, from a story by Philip Van Doren Stern.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc, Joseph Walker, Victor Milner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Jack Okey, William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by…

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