Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Richard Connell, Gladys Lehman, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Don’t be prepared to settle in for a cozy old movie when you watch this…

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The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.   Despite the studio’s merciless cuts and reshoots, Orson Welles’ classic period film just can’t…

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Monte Carlo (1930)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1930.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, additional dialogue by Vincent Lawrence, based on the play Monsieur Beaucaire by Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland, the novel Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington, and the novel The Blue Coast by Hans Muller.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Costume Design…

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On Moonlight Bay (1951)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jack Rose, Melville Shavelson, based on Penrod Stories by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Douglas Bacon.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson, Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly. Looking in to cash on the success of MGM’s Meet Me…

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (1953)

DAVID BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert O’Brien, Irving Elinson, suggested by the Penrod stories by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by John Beckman.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing by Irene Morra.   Superior sequel to On Moonlight Bay that continues to rip off Meet…

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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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