The Virtuous Sin (1930)

GEORGE CUKOR, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1930. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Martin Brown, scenario by Louise Long, based on the play by Lajos Zilahy. Cinematography by David Abel. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Otho Lovering. The plot of this melodramatic soap opera is not one that…

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Hell-Bound Train (1930)

ELOYCE GIST, JAMES GIST Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Alternate title:  Hellbound Train USA, 1930.  Screenplay by Eloyce Gist, James Gist. Pioneer African-American filmmaking couple James and Eloyce Gist made this film to be presented at a religious gatherings, its presentation of the wages of sin somewhat similar to the more recent American phenomenon of…

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Min and Bill (1930)

GEORGE W. HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, Marion Jackson, suggested by the book Dark Star by Lorna Moon.  Cinematography by Harold Wenstrom.  Produced by George W. Hill, Harry Rapf. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Basil Wrangell. Marie Dressler…

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The Big House (1930)

GEORGE W. HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and dialogue by Frances Marion, additional dialogue by Joseph Farnham, Martin Flavin.  Cinematography by Harold Wenstrom.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by David Cox.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Robert Montgomery is sent to prison for manslaughter, having killed a…

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Romance (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer, from the play by Edward Sheldon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Unwatchable cornfest that captures Greta Garbo between stages of development as…

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Under The Roofs Of Paris (1930)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sous Les Toits De Paris France, 1930.  Films Sonores Tobis.  Screenplay by Rene Clair.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal, Georges Raulet.  Music by Raoul Moretti, Vincent Scotto.  Production Design by Lazare Meerson.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Rene Le Henaff.   A Romanian girl with dazzling eyes lives in Paris and liberally steals…

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All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB USA, 1930.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by George Abbott, adaptation by Del Andrews, Maxwell Anderson, dialogue by Maxwell Anderson, supervising story chief C. Gardner Sullivan, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Sam Perry, Heinz Roemheld.   Production Design by Charles D….

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The Divorcee (1930)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Treatment by Nick Grinde, Zelda Sears, Continuity and dialogue by John Meehan, based on the novel by Ursula Parrott.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Robert Z. Leonard.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.   Sophisticated society drama about a woman (Norma Shearer) who decides…

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Animal Crackers (1930)

VICTOR HEERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB USA, 1930.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, Continuity by Pierre Collings, based on the musical play by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Music by Max Reese.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.   After a rough start in movies with The Cocoanuts, the fantastic…

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Hell’s Angels (1930)

HOWARD HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1930.  The Caddo Company.  Story by Marshall Neilan, Joseph Moncure March, adaptation and continuity by Howard Estabrook, Harry Behn, dialogue by Joseph Moncure March.  Cinematography by Elmer Dyer, Tony Gaudio, Harry Perry, E. Burton Steene, Dewey Wrigley, Harry Zech.  Produced by Howard Hughes.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by Julian…

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Monte Carlo (1930)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1930.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, additional dialogue by Vincent Lawrence, based on the play Monsieur Beaucaire by Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland, the novel Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington, and the novel The Blue Coast by Hans Muller.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Costume Design…

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The Blue Angel (English Version) (1930)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany, 1930.  Universum Film, UFA Tonfilm.  Screenplay by Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmoller, Robert Liebmann, English dialogue by Carl Winston, based on the novel Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann.  Cinematography by Gunther Rittau, Hans Schneeberger.  Produced by Erich Pommer.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Otto Hunte.  Costume Design by Tihamer Varady.  Film Editing by…

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