Every Day’s A Holiday (1937)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1937. Emanuel Cohen Productions. Screenplay by Mae West. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by Emanuel Cohen. Music by Leo Shuken. Production Design by Wiard Ihnen. Costume Design by Schiaparelli. Film Editing by Ray Curtiss. Academy Awards 1937. Mae West‘s last film before finishing her contract…

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1937. Warner Bros.. Story by Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, based on Zola And His Time by Matthew Josephson.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner. Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by…

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The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  Academy Awards 1937.  This…

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Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1937. Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of…

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In Old Chicago (1937)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Darryl F. Zanuck Productions.  Story by Niven Busch, Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by William S. Darling, Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1937. The…

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Something To Sing About (1937)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937.  Zion Meyers Productions.  Story by Victor Schertzinger, Screenplay by Austin Parker.  Cinematography by John Stumar.  Produced by Zion Myers, Victor Schertzinger.  Music by Myrl Alderman.  Production Design by Robert E. Lee, Paul Murphy.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1937.   James Cagney was recruited to help push Grand National Pictures into the big leagues with the other…

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Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)

CHARLES REISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Alternate title:  Manhattan Music Box USA, 1937.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Harry Sauber, based on the musical revue by Frank Hummert.  Cinematography by Jack A. Marta.  Produced by Nat Levine.  Music by Alberto Colombo.  Production Design by John Victor Mackay.  Costume Design by Eloise.  Film Editing by Ernest J. Nims.  Academy Awards 1937. A silly distraction that is barely…

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A Day At The Races (1937)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, George Oppenheimer.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten, Sam Wood.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Frank E. Hull.  Academy Awards 1937.   Reviews of this film always point out…

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Night Must Fall (1937)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Van Druten, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1937. Faithful to the original stageplay by Emlyn Williams, this entire film takes place…

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One Hundred Men And A Girl (1937)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Universal Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Bruce Manning, Charles Kenyon, James Mulhauser, based on an idea by Hanns Kraly.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Charles Previn, Frank Skinner.  Production Design by John W. Harkrider.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.  Academy Awards 1937. Deanna…

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

DAVID HAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   The very first animated feature film to be made by Walt Disney’s team is still as fresh and fun as it ever was back in 1938. Snow White is an annoyingly innocent and sweet young lady who escapes into a dark and frightening forest when it becomes known…

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The Good Earth

BBB (out of 5) An important epic of the thirties that has not aged well for many reasons, the biggest of them likely to be the fact that it is a cast of mostly white actors in yellowface, with real Asians populating the background. Paul Muni, who is ridiculous, and Luise Rainer, who is surprisingly…

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