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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The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.   Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson, from the operetta Ein Walzertraum by Leopold Jacobson, Felix Dormann, based on the novel Nux der Prinzgemahl by Hans Muller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Film Editing by Merrill G. White.  Maurice Chevalier stars…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Adolph Zukor.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.   Moody, gothic interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ever-popular novel is a horror film…

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One Hour With You (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Only A Dream by Lothar Schmidt.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.  One of the best examples of Ernst Lubitsch’s contributions to early…

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Grand Hotel (1932)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Vicki Baum, based on the play America by William A. Drake.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Charles Maxwell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Perfectly enjoyable melodrama that puts a huge assortment of MGM stars in the…

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The Champ (1931)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1931.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Frances Marion, dialogue continuity by Leonard Praskins, additional dialogue by Wanda Tuchock.   Cinematography by Gordon Avil.  Produced by King Vidor.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Wallace Beery plays a washed-up professional boxer who was once a champion but is now forgotten. Attempting…

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Shanghai Express (1932)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story by Harry Hervey.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Adolph Zukor.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  The best film Marlene Dietrich made with her guru Josef von Sternberg…

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A Nous La Liberte (1931)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1931.  Films Sonores Tobis.  Screenplay by Rene Clair.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Frank Clifford.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Lazare Meerson.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Rene Le Henaff.   Witty satire that isn’t overly that has its moments. Two convicts escape prison and one of them sets himself…

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