Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1960. Warner Bros., John Ford Productions. Screenplay by James Warner Bellah, Willis Goldbeck, based on the novel by James Warner Bellah. Cinematography by Bert Glennon. Produced by Patrick Ford, Willis Goldbeck. Music by Howard Jackson. Production Design by Eddie Imazu. Costume Design by Marjorie Best. Film…

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Becky Sharp (1935)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  Pioneer Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, based on the play by Langdon Mitchell, from the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by George Hazenbush.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1935. Thackeray’s massive Vanity Fair…

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Glorifying The American Girl (1929)

MILLARD WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by J.P. McEvoy, Millard Webb.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Monta Bell.  Production Design by John W. Harkrider. Costume Design by John W. Harkrider. Charming oddity from the very early sound days, about a young woman who chooses career over love.  Mary Eaton is delightful as a…

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Breakfast In Hollywood (1946)

HAROLD D. SCHUSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  The Mad Hatter USA, 1946.  Golden Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Earl Baldwin.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Robert Golden.  Music by James Mayfield, John Leipold.  Production Design by William Flannery.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.   Promotional film that looks to tie in with the popular radio show of the same name, featuring…

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The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Jack Killifer.   Excellent comedy about a crotchety…

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Topper Returns (1941)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1941.  Hal Roach Studios.  Screenplay by Jonathan Latimer, Gordon Douglas, additional dialogue by Paul Girard Smith, based on fictional characters conceived by Thorne Smith.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Hal Roach.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Nicolai Remisoff.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom.  Academy Awards…

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Topper (1937)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Hal Roach Studios.  Screenplay by Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran, based on the novel by Thorne Smith.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Hal Roach.  Music by Marvin Hatley.  Production Design by Arthur I. Royce.  Costume Design by Samuel Lange.  Film Editing by William H. Terhune.  Academy Awards 1937.   The delightful comedy that inspired…

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Father Of The Bride (1950)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Loew’s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the novel by Edward Streeter.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1950.   Spencer Tracy is the put-upon…

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Father’s Little Dividend (1951)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on characters created by Edward Streeter.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Albert Sendrey.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster. The family favourite that took the box office by…

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In This Our Life (1942)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on the novel by Ellen Glasgow.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes. A spoiled, bitchy socialite (Bette Davis, of course) dumps her fiancee (George Brent) and…

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Dinner At Eight (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1933.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, Herman J. Mankiewicz, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Hobe Erwin, Fredric Hope.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Ben…

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The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, adaptation by Noel Langley, based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, William A. Horning, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by…

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