The Virtuous Sin (1930)

GEORGE CUKOR, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1930. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Martin Brown, scenario by Louise Long, based on the play by Lajos Zilahy. Cinematography by David Abel. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Otho Lovering. The plot of this melodramatic soap opera is not one that…

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Let There Be Light (1946)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1946.  U.S. Army Pictorial Services.  Screenplay by John Huston.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, John Doran, Lloyd Fromm, John Huston, Joe Jackman, George Smith.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Film Editing by Gene Fowler Jr., William Reynolds. The war was over before John Huston was able to get this project up and running,…

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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.   Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering under Nazi…

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The Furies (1950)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Wallis-Hazen.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by Niven Busch.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   The title refers as much to the temperaments of its main characters as…

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Dodsworth (1936)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1936.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   Most of William Wyler’s films of the thirties and forties are at…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.   The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand imitations. Granted,…

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In This Our Life (1942)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on the novel by Ellen Glasgow.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes. A spoiled, bitchy socialite (Bette Davis, of course) dumps her fiancee (George Brent) and…

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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by B. Traven.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by Robert Odell, Ted Schultz.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   Three men, two drifters and an old coot, band…

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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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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Story by Robert Buckner, Screenplay by Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by George M. Cohan, Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.   James Cagney just can’t keep…

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And Then There Were None (1945)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1945.  Rene Clair Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Lucien N. Andriot.  Produced by Rene Clair.  Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Harvey Manger.   Ten individuals are invited by a mysterious guest to a remote, island…

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Duel In The Sun (1946)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1946.  Selznick International Pictures, Vanguard Films.  Screenplay by David O. Selznick, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, suggested by a novel by Niven Busch.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, Ray Rennahan, Harold Rosson.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Hal…

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