Footlight Parade (1933)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Manuel Seff, James Seymour.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Robert Lord.  Music by Al Dubin, Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Harry Warren, Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy….

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State Fair (1933)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1933.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, Paul Green, based on the novel by Philip Stong.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Winfield R. Sheehan.  Music by Louis De Francesco.  Production Design by Duncan Cramer.  Costume Design by Rita Kaufman.  Film Editing by Robert Bischoff….

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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

STUART WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers, based on a story by John Monk Saunders.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Bayard Veiller.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by James Smith. Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s…

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Liebelei (1933)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany, 1933.  Elite-Tonfilm-Produktion GmbH.  Directed by Max Ophuls.  Screenplay by Curt Alexander, Max Ophuls, Hans Wilhelm, adaptation by Felix Salten, based on the play by Arthur Schnitzler.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by  Herman Millakowsky.  Music by Theo Mackeben.  Production Design by Gabriel Pellon.  Costume Design by Adolf Braun.  Film Editing by Friedel Buckow.   Early Max…

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Dragnet Girl (1933)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Hijosen no Onna Japan, 1933.  Shochiku Company.  Story by Yasujiro Ozu, Screenplay by Tadao Ikeda.  Cinematography by Hideo Shigehara.  Production Design by Yonekazu Wakita.  Costume Design by Ko Saito.  Film Editing by Kazuo Ishikawa, Minoru Kuribayashi.   Yasujiro Ozu makes a crime thriller and, not surprisingly, most of it takes place in the…

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The Emperor Jones (1933)

DUDLEY MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran Inc..  Screenplay by DuBose Heyward, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill. Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Gifford Cochran, John Krimsky.  Music by Frank Tours.  Production Design by Herman Rosse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock. Paul Robeson‘s signature stage role is also one of his best-remembered films,…

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Baby Face (1933)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Warner Bros.. Story by Darryl F. Zanuck, Screenplay by Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola.  Cinematography by James Van Trees.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Howard Bretherton.   You need look no further for proof that Barbara Stanwyck was destined for stardom than this…

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse Germany, 1933.  Nero-Film AG.  Screenplay by Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, based on characters created by Norbert Jacques.  Cinematography by Karoly Vass, Fritz Arno Wagner.  Produced by Fritz Lang, Seymour Nebenzal.  Music by Hans Erdmann.  Production Design by Emil Hasler, Karl Vollbrecht.  Costume Design by Hans Kothe.  Film Editing by Conrad von…

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The Invisible Man (1933)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent. The classic James Whale adventure features state-of-the-art visual effects in this terrifying story of a lab scientist (Claude…

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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

LOWELL SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Harvey F. Thew, John Bright, based on the play Diamond Lil by Mae West.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alexander Hall.  Mae West made a terrific splash into the world of cinema…

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I’m No Angel (1933)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Story, Screenplay and Dialogue by Mae West, with suggestions by Lowell Brentano.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by William LeBaron. Music by Herman Hand, Howard Jackson, Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering. Mae West…

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Passing Fancy (1933)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original title:  Dekigokoro Japan, 1933.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Story by Yasujiro Ozu, adaptation by Tadao Ikeda.  Cinematography by Hideo Shigehara, Shojiro Sugimoto.  Production Design by Yonekazu Wakita.  Film Editing by Kazuo Ishikawa.   Charming early Ozu film, made well after sound arrived in Japan but by a filmmaker who held on to the valuable properties of…

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