The Black Cat (1934)

EDGAR G. ULMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1934. Universal Pictures. Story by Edgar G. Ulmer, Peter Ruric, Screenplay by Peter Ruric, suggested by a story by Edgar Allan Poe. Cinematography by John J. Mescall. Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.. Music by Heinz Roemheld. Production Design by Charles D. Hall. Costume Design by…

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Sadie McKee (1934)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1934. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by John Meehan, based on a story by Vina Delmar. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Lawrence Weingarten. Music by William Axt. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Hugh Wynn. Joan Crawford is once again the…

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The House of Rothschild (1934)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  20th Century Pictures.   Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on a play by George Hembert Westley. Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Barbara McLean,…

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Flirtation Walk (1934)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  First National Pictures.  Story by Delmer Daves, Louis F. Edelman, Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Sol Polito.  Produced by Frank Borzage.  Music by Heinz Roemhold.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  Academy Awards…

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Viva Villa! (1934)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Mexico, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by the book by Edgecumb Pinchon, O.B. Stade.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Harry Oliver.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert…

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The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)

ALEXANDER KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1934.  London Film Productions.  Story and dialogue by Frederick Lonsdale, Lajos Biro, based on the play L’Homme A La Rose by Henry Bataille.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Ernst Toch.  Production Design by Vincent Korda, Francis Hallam.  Costume Design by…

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The Rise of Catherine The Great (1934)

PAUL CZINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Alternate title:  Catherine The Great United Kingdom, 1934.  London Film Productions.  Story and Dialogue by Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis, Melchior Lengyel, Scenarist Marjorie Deans, based on the play The Czarina by Lajos Biro, Melchior Lengyel.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Alexander Korda, Ludovico Topelitz.  Music by Muir…

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Here Comes The Navy (1934)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1934.  Warner Bros..  Story by Ben Markson, Screenplay by Earl Baldwin, Ben Markson.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Esdras Hartley.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Academy Awards 1934. James Cagney plays a construction worker who gets into a…

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Imitation of Life (1934)

JOHN M. STAHL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by William Hurlbut, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright.  Academy Awards 1934 The Douglas Sirk remake of 1959 is…

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One Night Of Love (1934)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by S.K. Lauren,James Gow, Edmund H. North, based on the story Don’t Fall In Love by Dorothy Speare,  Charles Beahan.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Music by Gus Kahn, Victor Schertzinger.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1934….

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Bad Seed (1934)

ALEXANDER ESWAY, BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Mauvaise Graine France, 1934.  Compagnie Nouvelle Commerciale.  Screenplay by Max Kolpe, Jan Lustig, Billy Wilder, dialogue by Claude-Andre Puget.  Cinematography by Paul Cotteret, Maurice Delattre, Fred Mandl.  Produced by Georges Bernier.  Music by Allan Gray, Franz Waxman.  Film Editing by Therese Sautereau. Billy Wilder made his directorial debut in France…

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The Lucky Texan (1934)

ROBERT N. BRADBURY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Paul Malvern Productions, Lone Star Productions.  Screenplay by Robert N. Bradbury.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Paul Malvern.  Film Editing by Carl Pierson.   Delightful early adventure that makes an easy case for why the Duke became a legend.  John Wayne and his buddy George ‘Gabby’ Hayes find pieces of gold…

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