Tin Pan Alley (1940)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, based on a story by Pamela Harris.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Travis Banton. …

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The Front Page (1974)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Monash.  Music by Billy May.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Ralph E….

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Wonder Man (1945)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1945.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Don Hartman, Melville Shavelson, Philip Rapp, adaptation by Jack Jevne, Eddie Moran, from a story by Arthur Sheekman.  Cinematography by Victor Milner, William E. Snyder.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by…

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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.  Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of the…

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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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Destry Rides Again (1939)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Felix Jackson, Screenplay by Felix Jackson, Gertrude Purcell, Henry Myers, suggested by the novel by Max Brand.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth. Classic western that serves as the prototype…

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Three On A Match (1932)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1932.  First National Pictures.  Story by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, Screenplay by Lucien Hubbard.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Samuel Bischoff, Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss. Fascinating example of how different Hollywood films were before the introduction of…

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Pillow Talk (1959)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Arwin Productions.  Story by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   The first of three hugely successful romantic comedies starring Doris…

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Lady On A Train (1945)

CHARLES DAVID Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1945.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Robert O’Brien, based on the original story by Leslie Charteris.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Felix Jackson.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Howard Greer.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.   Deanna Durbin plays the daughter of…

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Ball Of Fire (1941)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1941.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, based on an original story by Billy Wilder, Thomas Monroe.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   Gary Cooper is a shy professor of linguistics who…

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Marked Woman (1937)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  First National Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, Abem Finkel.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Bernhard Kaun, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Jack Killifer.   “I’ll get you! Even if I have to come back from the grave…

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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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