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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Smilin’ Through (1932)

SIDNEY FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Claudine West, dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, James B. Fagan, based on the play by Jane Cowl, Jane Murfin.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Albert Lewin.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film…

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I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1932.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard J. Green, Brown Holmes, based on the story by Robert E. Burns.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  A mere two years after The Big House and the movies have…

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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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Cavalcade (1933)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Reginald Berkeley, continuity by Sonya Levien, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Peter Brunelli, Louis De Francesco, Arthur Lange, J.S. Zamecnik.  Production Design by William S. Darling.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Margaret Clancey.    Dull…

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Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Erwin S. Gelsey, James Seymour, Dialogue by David Boehm, Ben Markson, based on a play by Avery Hopwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Robert Lord, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Delightful piece of Depression-era…

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The Private Life Of Henry VIII (1933)

ALEXANDER KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1933.  London Film Productions.  Scenario by Arthur Wimperis, story and dialogue by Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Alexander Korda, Ludovico Toeplitz.  Music by Kurt Schroder.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by John Armstrong.  Film Editing by Stephen Harrison.   Spirited film features beautiful sets and costumes and…

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The Sign Of The Cross (1932)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Sidney Buchman, from the play by Wilson Barrett, and the novel Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Jay Chernis, Rudolph G. Kopp, Paul Marquardt, Milan Roder.  Production Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Costume Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Film…

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Lady For A Day (1933)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a story by Damon Runyon.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.  Frank Capra ended his career by remaking this adorable tearjerker as Pocketful Of…

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A Farewell To Arms (1932)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the play by Laurence Stallings, from the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Edward A. Blatt, Benjamin Glazer.  Music by Herman Hand, W. Franke Harling, Bernhard Kaun, John Leipold, Paul Marquardt, Ralph Rainger, Milan…

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42nd Street (1933)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Rian James, James Seymour, based on the novel by Bradford Ropes.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Al Dubin, Harry Warren, Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Pratt, Frank Ware. The genre of backstage musicals…

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Little Women (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Kitchin.  Considered by some to be…

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