Our Modern Maidens (1929)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1929. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story and continuity by Josephine Lovett, titles by Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Jack Conway, Hunt Stromberg. Music by Arthur Lange. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Sam Zimbalist. The success of…

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Their Own Desire (1929)

E. MASON HOPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB .  USA, 1929.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Frances Marion, dialogue adaptation by James Forbes, from the novel by Sarita Fuller.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Harry Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1929/1930.  Norma Shearer…

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Alibi (1929)

ROLAND WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1929.  Feature Productions.  Screenplay and titles by Roland West, C. Gardner Sullivan, based on the play by John Griffith Wray, J.C. Nugent, Elaine S. Carrington.  Cinematography by Ray June.   Produced by Roland West.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by…

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Disraeli (1929)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1929.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julien Josephson, based on the play by Louis N. Parker and the titles by De Leon Anthony.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Music by David Mendoza.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. George Arliss earned an Academy Award for Best Actor…

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Queen Kelly (1929)

ERICH VON STROHEIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1929.  Gloria Swanson Pictures.  Titles by Marian Ainslee, based on an original story by Erich von Stroheim.  Cinematography by Paul Ivano, Gordon Pollock.  Produced by Joseph P. Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim.  Music by Adolph Tandler.  Production Design by Harold Miles.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence. Director Erich…

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Glorifying The American Girl (1929)

MILLARD WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by J.P. McEvoy, Millard Webb.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Monta Bell.  Production Design by John W. Harkrider. Costume Design by John W. Harkrider.   Charming oddity from the very early sound days, about a young woman who chooses career over love.  Mary Eaton is delightful as a…

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The Vagabond Lover (1929)

MARSHALL NEILAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1929.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Victor Baravalle.  Production Design by Max Ree.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Arthur Roberts.   Early sound feature that shows its age in the stiff performances (though star Rudy Vallee was rarely anything else) but has…

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Coquette (1929)

SAM TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1929.  Pickford Corporation.  Adaptation by John Grey, Allen McNeil, Dialogue by Sam Taylor, based on the stage production by George Abbott, Ann Preston Bridgers.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Mary Pickford, Sam Taylor.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Howard Greer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1928/1929.   Ridiculous drama that…

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Pandora’s Box

GEORG WILHELM PABST Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Original title:  Die Buchse Der Pandora Germany, 1929.  Nero-Film AG.  Scenario by Ladislaus Vajda, based on the plays Erdgeist and Die Buchse der Pandora by Frank Wedekind. Cinematography by Gunther Krampf.  Produced by Heinz Landsmann.  Music by Stuart Oderman, Peer Raben.  Production Design by Andrej Andrejew, Gottlieb Hesch, Erno Metzner.  Costume Design by…

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The Love Parade (1929)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Guy Bolton, based on the play The Prince Consort by Leon Xanrof, Jules Chancel.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Music by W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Oscar Potoker, Max Terr.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Merrill…

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Bulldog Drummond

F. RICHARD JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1929.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, continuity by Wallace Smith, based on the play by Herman C. McNeile.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.   Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Film Editing by Frank Lawrence, Viola Lawrence.  Academy Awards 1929/1930.   The first…

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Hallelujah! (1929)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1929.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Scenario by Wanda Tuchock,treatment by Richard Schayer, dialogue by Ransom Rideout, story by King Vidor.  Cinematography by Gordon Avil.  Produced by King Vidor.  Music by Eva Jessye.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Henrietta Frazer.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Director King Vidor put up his own salary to…

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