Blood On The Moon (1948)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lillie Hayward, adaptation by Harold Shumate, Luke Short, based on the Saturday Evening Post serial story by Luke Short.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Theron Warth.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller. …

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The Westerner (1940)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Niven Busch, based on the story by Stuart N. Lake.   Cinematography by Gregg Toland.   Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.   Production Design by James Basevi. Costume Design by Irene Saltern.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Original story by Leo McCarey, Frank R. Adams, Screenplay by S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien.  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 Sherman Todd. …

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The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1942.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Original Story by Paul Gallico, Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Herman J. Mankiewicz, prologue by Damon Runyon.   Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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The North Star (1943)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, additional dialogue in new edition by Burt Beck.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1943.  Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering…

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The Invisible Man (1933)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent. The classic James Whale adventure features state-of-the-art visual effects in this terrifying story of a lab scientist (Claude…

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Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1935.  Universal Pictures.  Adapted by William Hurlbut, John L. Balderston, Screenplay by William Hurlbut, suggested by the story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  Cinematography by John J. Mescall.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.  Academy Awards 1935. Superior sequel to…

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To Have And Have Not (1944)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, William Faulkner, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Charles Novi.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   Warner Bros. tried to recapture the mystery and perfection of Casablanca with lesser…

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Red River (1948)

HOWARD HAWKS, ARTHUR ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Monterey Productions.  Story by Borden Chase, Screenplay by Borden Chase, Charles Schnee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by John Datu.  Costume Design by Jack E. Miller.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.  Academy Awards 1948.   Up there with The Searchers and Rio Bravo as the…

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Rio Bravo (1959)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1959.  Warner Bros., Armada Productions. Screenplay by Howard Hawks, Leigh Brackett, based on the short story by B.H. McCampbell. Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted.   John Wayne is terrific as the…

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Come And Get It (1936)

WILLIAM WYLER, HOWARD HAWKS, RICHARD ROSSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1936.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Jane Murfin, Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate, Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Edward Curtiss.  Academy Awards 1936. Edna Ferber’s themes of…

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