Hondo (1953)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Wayne-Fellows Productions, Batjac Productions.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant, from a story by Louis L’Amour.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, Archie Stout. Produced by Robert Fellows. Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman. Production Design by Alfred Ybarra. Costume Design by Carl Walker. Film Editing by…

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Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, Richard Macaulay.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, Allen M. Davey.  Produced by Milton Sperling.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by James Basevi, Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean….

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

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Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  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 Daniel Mandell.  Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of the…

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack…

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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…

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Operation Pacific (1951)

GEORGE WAGGNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by George Waggner.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..   Shameless war propaganda that isn’t without its merits.  John Wayne is excellent as a submarine officer whose vessel is trying to perfect the launching…

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Johnny Guitar (1954)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 1954.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Roy Chanslor.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Nicholas Ray.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Sheila O’Brien.  Film Editing by Richard L. Van Enger. Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge have a hoot of a time…

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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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The Searchers (1956)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1956.  C.V. Whitney Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by James Basevi, Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.   A perfect Western, and a study in the…

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The Quiet Man (1952)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Republic Pictures, Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the story by Maurice Walsh.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. If The…

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My Darling Clementine (1946)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1946.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samuel G. Engel, Winston Miller, from a story by Sam Hellman, based on the book by Stuart N. Lake.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Samuel G. Engel.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  John…

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