Crash Dive (1943)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Original story by W.R. Burnett, Screenplay by Jo Swerling.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Milton Sperling.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Richard Day, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss, Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards … More Crash Dive (1943)

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Quicksand (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Samuel H. Stiefel Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Smith.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Mort Briskin.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is out drinking with the boys when he spots a dangerous blonde … More Quicksand (1950)

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Marooned (1969)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1969.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Frankovich Productions.  Screenplay by Mayo Simon, based on the novel by Martin Caidin.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by M.J. Frankovich.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Seth Banks.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1969.   Some movies are so terrible it’s a wonder to behold.  Three astronauts … More Marooned (1969)

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The Paper Chase

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law and is immediately made a target by a legendary professor (theatrical and film producer John Houseman in his first major film acting role), who treats him with both derision and admiration depending on what the day’s case studies bring. Bottoms makes friends and … More The Paper Chase

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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1939.   Henry Fonda is perfectly cast (with an impressive prosthetic nose) as Honest Abe, with John Ford’s sturdy direction telling a … More Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

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Model Shop

BB.5 (out of 5) We reunite with Anouk Aimee‘s Lola from the film of the same name when, nine years later, she catches the eye of Gary Lockwood while walking the streets of Los Angeles.  He’s in a bad place in his life given that his girlfriend no longer wants to deal with his commitment-phobia, his … More Model Shop

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Jane Eyre (1943)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ever-popular novel is also the slimmest in terms of its story. Despite the fact that it edits Bronte’s source more than any other adaptation ever did, it is still the only version to really get the feel of it right until 2011.  Joan Fontaine is excellent … More Jane Eyre (1943)

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