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 the…

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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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The Miracle Woman (1931)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay and dialogue by Jo Swerling, based on the play Bless You Sister by John Meehan, Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Maurice Wright.  Barbara Stanwyck opens this film with a fiery speech that gets your blood up…

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Frankenstein (1931)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1931.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Garrett Fort, Francis Edward Faragoh, Scenario edited by Richard Schayer, based on the composition by John L. Balderston, the play by Peggy Webling and the novel by Mary Shelley.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Mae…

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Night Nurse (1931)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett, additional dialogue by Charles Kenyon, from the novel by Grace Perkins.  Cinematography by Barney McGill.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Edward M. McDermott. Barbara Stanwyck is accepted into a hospital as a trainee to become a…

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The Public Enemy (1931)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, screen adaptation by Harvey F. Thew.  Cinematography by Devereaux Jennings.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward M. McDermott.  Exciting, stylish film by William A. Wellman, and much of whose camerawork and shocking images…

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