Lady Be Good (1941)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Jack McGowan, Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Kay Van Riper, John McClain.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by…

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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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Good News (1947)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, based on the play by Lew Brown, Laurence Schwab, Frank Mandel, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson.  Cinematography by Charles Edgar Schoenbaum.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.  Academy Awards…

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Words And Music (1948)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Guy Bolton, Jean Holloway, Adaptation by Ben Feiner Jr.,  Screenplay by Fred F. Finklehoffe.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, Ferris…

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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, based on the musical comedy by George M. Cohan.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, Roger Edens, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Ridiculously boring yarn has lovely lass Judy Garland give…

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An American In Paris (1951)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner.  Cinematography by Alfred Gilks.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  Academy Awards 1951.  Cannes Film Festival 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1951. The visual splendor of this Vincente…

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Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1944. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Irving Brecher, Fred F. Finklehoffe, based on the book by Sally Benson.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Roger Edens, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Lemuel Ayers, Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.  Academy Awards 1944. The apex of good…

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The Clock (1945)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Paul Gallico, Pauline Gallico, Screenplay by Robert Nathan, Joseph Schrank.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman.  Production Design by William Ferrari, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by George White. Judy Garland in her first non-musical film, a drama directed by her…

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The Pirate (1948)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, based on the play by S.N. Behrman.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Tom Keogh.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Academy Awards 1948.   A perfect example of…

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Brigadoon (1954)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his musical play.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Gene Kelly and Van Johnson play…

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Gigi (1958)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1958.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on the novel by Colette.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Andre Previn, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cecil Beaton.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  Academy Awards 1958.  Golden Globe Awards 1958.   Vincente Minnelli’s beautifully shot musical comedy…

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Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, based on the musical play by Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields.    Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Irving Berlin, Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom.  Academy Awards 1950….

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