What A Way To Go (1964)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1964. Apjac-Orchard Productions. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Nelson Riddle. Production Design by Ted Haworth, Jack Martin Smith. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler. Shirley MacLaine is a delight…

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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1960. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, based on their musical play. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Produced by Arthur Freed. Music by Jule Styne. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett. Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. Judy…

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Good News (1947)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, based on the play by Lew Brown, Laurence Schwab, Frank Mandel, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson.  Cinematography by Charles Edgar Schoenbaum.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Campus…

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The Substance Of Fire (1996)

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jon Robin Baitz, Randy Finch, Ron Kastner.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Terri Purcell.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.   Sterling drama stars an excellent Ron Rifkin as a Holocaust survivor now entering…

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Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. The classic musical that has never aged a day. Gene Kelly plays a movie star during a…

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On The Town (1949)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden, from their musical play and an idea by Jerome Robbins.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   One of the most enjoyable of…

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Auntie Mame (1958)

MORTON DaCOSTA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1958.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, based on the novel by Patrick Dennis.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Morton DaCosta.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   One of the funniest, most enjoyable romps ever to be produced is…

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The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Judy Garland’s physical inability to fulfill her commitment to this film robbed movie audiences of another teaming between her…

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The Band Wagon (1953)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Jackson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, George White.   Vincente Minnelli outdid his own An American In Paris with this…

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Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu

HUGH MUNRO NEELY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5. More updated version of Richard Leacock’s documentary about silent film star Louise Brooks, this time taking in a much more comprehensive look at her entire life.  Shirley MacLaine narrates Brooks’ biography, from her birth in Kansas to her discovery in Hollywood, followed by a tumultuous career that…

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My Favourite Year (1982)

RICHARD BENJAMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1982.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Brooksfilms.  Story by Dennis Palumbo, Screenplay by Dennis Palumbo, Norman Steinberg.  Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Michael Gruskoff.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by Charles Rosen.  Costume Design by May Routh.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   Mark Linn-Baker stars as a young writer on a 1950s talk show who is recruited to babysit an…

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