Arrowsmith (1931)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1931.  John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in the…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by George Bruce, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Lucien Moraweck.  Production Design by John DuCasse Schulze.  Costume Design by William Bridgehouse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock.  Academy Awards 1939. Loose adaptation of the third volume of Three…

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The Perils Of Pauline (1947)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1947.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by P.J. Wolfson, Screenplay by P.J. Wolfson, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Waldo Angelo, Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1947. Pearl White was a silent…

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Love Before Breakfast (1936)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Herbert Fields, from the novel Spinster Dinner by Faith Baldwin.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Edmund Grainger.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Brymer.  Film Editing by Maurice Wright.   Carole Lombard is engaged to a boring fuddy-duddy but keeps finding…

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The Crowd (1928)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1928.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by King Vidor, John V.A. Weaver, titles by Joseph Farnham.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn. James Murray is terrific as John Sims, an American born on the fourth of July to…

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The Great Waltz

JULIEN DUVIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    Fictionalized biography of composer Johann Strauss that happily admits to being a pure invention.  Regardless of this silliness, the film is a sumptuous treat, highly entertaining and gorgeously shot and scored. Strauss (Fernand Gravey) leaves his job at the bank to compose the waltzes he’s had in…

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San Francisco (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, based on the story by Robert E. Hopkins.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Tom Held.  Academy Awards 1936. Hilariously campy drama that couldn’t possibly…

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