Here Comes The Groom (1951)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Liam O’Brien, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp, Liam O’Brien, Myles Connolly, based on the story and treatment “You Belong To Me” by Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by A….

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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1948.  Paramount Pictures.  Directed by Billy Wilder.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.  Academy Awards 1948. Corny nonsense that marks a rare misfire for director Billy Wilder…

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My Favourite Brunette (1947)

ELLIOTT NUGENT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Hope Enterprises.  Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Daniel Dare, Bob Hope.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.   Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for…

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High Society (1956)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sol C. Siegel Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick, based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Cole Porter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1956.   Delightful musical version of…

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We’re Not Dressing (1934)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Horace Jackson, Francis Martin, George Marion Jr., based on stories by Walton Hall Smith, Benjamin Glazer and the play The Admirable Crichton by J.M. Barrie.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Benjamin Glazer.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Stuart Heisler….

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Holiday Inn (1942)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Irving Berlin, Adaptation by Elmer Rice, Screenplay by Claude Binyon.  Cinematography by David Abel.  Produced by Mark Sandrich.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.  Academy Awards 1942. This was the film that the hit song “White…

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The Country Girl (1954)

GEORGE SEATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Perlberg-Seaton Productions.  Screenplay by George Seaton, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by John F. Warren.  Produced by William Perlberg.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.  Academy Awards 1954.  Cannes Film Festival 1955.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Strong film…

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Road To Zanzibar (1941)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Butler, Don Hartman, based on the story Find Colonel Fawcett by Don Hartman, Sy Bartlett.  Cinematography by Ted Tatzlaff.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie. Following the grand success of Road To Singapore,…

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Road To Rio (1947)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Paramount Pictures.  Original Story and screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Daniel Dare.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.  Academy Awards 1947. One of the most enjoyable of the Road movies, featuring…

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Road To Bali

HAL WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Paramount Pictures, Bing Crosby Productions, Hope Enterprises.  Story by Frank Butler, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Frank Butler, Hal Kanter, William Morrow.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Harry Tugend.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   Bing Crosby and Bob Hope reunite for…

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Going My Way (1944)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Screenplay by Frank Butler, Frank Cavett.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon, John F. Seitz.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, William Flannery.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone.  Academy Awards 1944.  Golden Globe Awards 1944.   Delightful musical about a…

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The Bells Of St. Mary’s (1945)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Rainbow Productions.  Story by Leo McCarey, Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.   Cinematography by George Barnes.   Produced by Leo McCarey.   Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.   Production Design by William Flannery.   Costume Design by Edith Head.   Film Editing by Harry Marker.  Academy Awards 1945.  Golden Globe Awards 1945. Sappy, manipulative and wholly engrossing sequel…

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