Above Suspicion (1943)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1943. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Keith Winter, Melville Baker, Patricia Coleman, based on the novel by Helen MacInnes. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Gile Steele. Film Editing by George Hively. It…

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the book by Ted W. Lawson, Robert Considine.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. …

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Sunrise At Campobello (1960)

VINCENT J. DONEHUE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1960.  Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Dore Schary, based on his play.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is enjoying wife and family at his summer home on…

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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1966.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx-Jalem.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Luthardt.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico, Paula Giokaris.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were teamed up on screen, and…

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My Favourite Wife (1940)

GARSON KANIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Original story by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack, Leo McCarey, Screenplay by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.   Reunited after their grand success in The Awful Truth,…

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Stella Dallas (1937)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, dramatization by Harry Wagstaff Gribble, Gertrude Purcell, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty.   Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.   Perennial twelve-hankie…

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You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1941.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano.  Cinematography by Philip Tannura.  Produced by Samuel Bischoff.  Music by Morris Stoloff.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Irene, Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.   Lovable Fred Astaire musical has him team up with breathtaking Rita Hayworth after he has wooed her away from…

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Strike Up The Band (1940)

BUSBY BERKELEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Monks Jr., Fred F. Finklehoffe.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Leo Arnaud, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.   The best of the Mickey Rooney–Judy Garland ‘Let’s Put On A Show!’ movies was this exciting MGM…

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Babes In Arms (1939)

BUSBY BERKELEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Kay Van Riper, based on the play by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.   Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney started a subgenre with this seminal…

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Alice Adams (1935)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dorothy Yost, Mortimer Offner, Jane Murfin, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jane Loring.   Katharine Hepburn plays a working-class girl in a snobby…

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