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.  Academy Awards 1940.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting…

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Scarlet Street (1945)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1945.  Walter Wanger Productions, Fritz Lang Productions, Diana Production Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel by Georges de la Fouchardiere, Andre Mouezy-Eon.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  Fritz…

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Riot In Cell Block 11 (1954)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1954.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Richard Collins.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Film Editing by Bruce B. Pierce Early Don Siegel action film that takes the high number of prison riots in the headlines at the time and creates great…

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1956.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring, based on the Collier’s magazine serial by Jack Finney.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Walter Mirisch, Walter Wanger.  Music by Carmen Dragon.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Film Editing by Robert S. Eisen. The original invasion! Kevin McCarthy is enjoying his perfectly normal suburban life until he realizes…

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Smash-Up: The Story Of A Woman (1947)

STUART HEISLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1947.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Story by Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett, Screenplay by John Howard Lawson, additional dialogue by Lionel Wiggam.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1947.   Exceedingly talented singer Susan Hayward gives…

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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.  Academy Awards 1939.   The western that started it all; certainly the genre was already well…

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Joan Of Arc (1948)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1948.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Maxwell Anderson, Andrew Solt, based on the play Joan Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch, William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins, Barbara Karinska.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy…

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Bennett, Joan Harrison, dialogue by James Hilton, Robert Benchley.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1940. Alfred Hitchcock does it again with this fascinating spy thriller….

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