A Majority Of One (1961)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Mervyn LeRoy Productions Inc.. Screenplay by Leonard Spigelgass, based on his play. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.. Produced by Mervyn LeRoy. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by John Beckman. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson. An examination of bigotry and…

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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Alternate Title: Hot Spot USA, 1941. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, based on the novel by Steve Fisher. Cinematography by Edward Cronjager. Produced by Milton Sperling. Music by Cyril J. Mockridge. Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film…

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Lured (1947)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Hunt Stromberg Productions.   Screenplay by Leo Rosten, based on a story by Jacques Companeez, Ernst Neubach, Simon Gantillon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.   Produced by James Nasser.   Music by Michel Michelet.  Production Design by Nicolai Remisoff.   Costume Design by Elois Jenssen.  Film Editing by John…

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The House of Rothschild (1934)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  20th Century Pictures.   Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on a play by George Hembert Westley. Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Barbara McLean,…

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Androcles And The Lion (1952)

CHESTER ERSKINE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1952.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Chester Erskine, Ken Englund, based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Emile Santiago.  Film Editing by Roland Gross. …

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Panama Hattie (1942)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Wilkie C. Mahoney, based on the play by Herbert Fields, Buddy G. DeSylva. Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell. Loosely adapted from the Broadway…

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The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)

EDWARD F. CLINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  USA, 1940.  Franklin-Blank Productions.  Screenplay by Elbert Franklin, additional dialogue by Ethel La Blanche.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Harold B. Franklin.  Music by Frank Tours.  Production Design by Lewis J. Rachmil.  Costume Design by Morrie Friedman.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton Parody of old Victorian melodramas, which apparently Hollywood audiences were just…

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Becky Sharp (1935)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  Pioneer Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, based on the play by Langdon Mitchell, from the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by George Hazenbush.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   Thackeray’s massive Vanity Fair has been…

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Terror By Night (1946)

ROY WILLIAM NEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1946.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Gruber, adapted from a story by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Maury Gertsman.  Produced by Roy William Neill. Production Design by John B. Goodman, Abraham Grossman.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Saul A. Goodkind. One of a number of films that Basil Rathbone filmed…

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The King And I (1956)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the musical play by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Anna and the King Of Siam by Margaret Landon.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by…

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My Man Godfrey (1936)

GREGORY LA CAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Morris Ryskind, Eric Hatch, based on the novel by Eric Hatch.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Charles Previn, Rudy Schrager.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent, Russell F. Schoengarth.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1936.  …

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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

ALEXANDER KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1941.  Alexander Korda Films.  Original Screenplay by Walter Reisch, R.C. Sherriff.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier play Emma Hamilton and Captain Horatio Nelson, who defied their rigid, early 19th-century society…

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