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. Mae West‘s last film before finishing her contract with Paramount is…

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You And Me (1938)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Norman Krasna, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Kurt Weill.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Early Hollywood project by the recently-arrived Fritz Lang shows him off at his corniest. George Raft and Sylvia Sidney play employees…

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Christmas In July (1940)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on his play A Cup Of Coffee.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by John Leipold, Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Harriet Altland, Murray Foster, Joe Kaplan.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland. In this short, adorable…

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The Petrified Forest (1936)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screen play by Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves, based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks. Early Bette Davis classic is one of the best stage…

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If I Were King (1938)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on the play by Justin Huntly McCarthy.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1938.   Ronald Colman plays a ruffian poet living in…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1938.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Wexley, Warren Duff, based on a story by Rowland Brown.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Samuel Bischoff.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1938.   James Cagney solidified the stardom he gained in The Public Enemy…

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