Ladies’ Man (1931)

LOTHAR MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Music by Karl Hajos, Herman Hand, John Leipold. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Sophistication is the word of the day in this pre-code melodrama, in which William…

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An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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Five Star Final (1931)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1931. First National Pictures. Screenplay by Byron Morgan, adaptation by Robert Lord, based on the play by Louis Weitzenkorn. Cinematography by Sol Polito. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Production Design by Jack Okey Costume Design by Earl Luick. Film Editing by Frank Ware. The owner of…

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The Erl King (1931)

MARIE-LOUISE IRIBE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Le Roi Des Aulnes France, 1931. Screenplay by Peter Paul Brauer, Marie-Louise Iribe, Pierre Lestringuez, based on the novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Cinematography by Robert Batton, Émile Pierre. Produced by Edmond Épardaud. Music by Max d’Ollone. Production Design by Paul Iribe. Costume Design…

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Possessed (1931)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1931. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the play by Edgar Selwyn. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Clarence Brown. Music by Charles Maxwell. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by William LeVanway. Joan Crawford has at this…

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Working Girls (1931)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, based on the play by Vera Caspary, Winifred Lenihan.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Music by Ralph Rainger.   Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Film Editing by Jane Loring. Dorothy Hall and Judith Wood have just moved to the Big Apple from…

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La Chienne (1931)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1931.    Les Établissements Braunberger-Richebé.  Screenplay by Jean Renoir, based on the novel by Georges de la Fouchardiere.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Pierre Braunberger, Roger Richebé.  Production Design by Marcel Courmes.  Film Editing by Denise Batcheff, Pal Fejos.   Jean Renoir’s first masterpiece and the…

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Baby’s Laxative (1931)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: On purge bébé France, 1931.  Les Établissements Braunberger-Richebé.  Screenplay by Pierre Prévert, Jean Renoir, based on the play by Georges Feydeau.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Pierre Braunberger, Roger Richebé.  Music by Paul Misraki.  Production Design by Gabriel Scognamillo.  Film Editing by Jean Mamy….

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Bad Girl (1931)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1931.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Edwin J. Burke, based on the novel by Vina Delmar and the play by Brian Marlow.  Cinematography by Chester A. Lyons.  Production Design by William S. Darling.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Margaret Clancey. Sally Eilers and…

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Arrowsmith (1931)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1931.  John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in…

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Transatlantic (1931)

WILLIAM K. HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1931.  Fox Film Corporation.  Directed by William K. Howard.  Screenplay by Guy Bolton, Lynn Starling.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Music by Carli Elinor.  Production Design by Gordon Wiles.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.   A thief cons his way onto a luxury steamliner voyaging to Europe, upon which are…

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Cimarron (1931)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1931.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by William LeBaron, Wesley Ruggles.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Max Ree.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by William Hamilton.   Richard Dix brings his wife Irene Dunne and their young son to…

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