The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.  …

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Mildred Pierce

BBBBB (out of 5) Classic film noir about an ambitious single mother (Joan Crawford, resurrecting her dying Hollywood career with this film) who claws her way out of poverty and into a successful business only to succumb to the wandering ways of her selfish, unappreciative daughter (Ann Blyth). Crawford wants to straighten the little brat…

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