Blossoms In The Dust (1941)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Ralph Wheelwright, Screenplay by Anita Loos.  Cinematography by Karl Freund, W. Howard Greene.  Produced by Irving Asher, Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by George Boemler.  Academy Awards 1941. A Wisconsin girl is swept off her feet by a tall Texan who…

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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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The Alamo (1960)

JOHN WAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Batjac Productions, The Alamo Company.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.  National Board of Review Awards 1960.   Three hours of wet matches…

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

BBBB (out of 5) One of the best remembered of the crime novels by James M. Cain adapted for the screen, mostly notable for the sexy entrance by newly christened va-va-voom sex symbol Lana Turner.  John Garfield plays a war veteran who takes a job at an off-the-beaten-path service station working for an older gentleman (Cecil…

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China Seas

BBBB (out of 5) Fun adventure classic has wisecracking gal Jean Harlow travelling on a steamer piloted by Clark Gable. ‘When I wanna hear your bells ring, I’ll pull your chord!’ she says to a man who annoys her. Need you hear more? Okay: there’s pirates involved. Have fun! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer USA, 1935 Directed by Tay Garnett…

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The Thin Man (1934)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1934. The detective thriller had a highly successful kick into…

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