Ladies’ Man (1931)

LOTHAR MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Music by Karl Hajos, Herman Hand, John Leipold. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Sophistication is the word of the day in this pre-code melodrama, in which William…

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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

STUART WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers, based on a story by John Monk Saunders.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Bayard Veiller.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by James Smith. Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s…

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Nothing Sacred (1937)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by a story by James H. Street.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Oscar Levant.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom. Carole Lombard‘s only Technicolour film is this hysterical comedy…

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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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True Confession (1937)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Claude Binyon, based on the play Mon Crime by Louis Verneuil, Georges Berr.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Albert Lewin.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Highly imaginative fiction writer Carole Lombard (in one of her…

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No Man Of Her Own (1932)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Edmund Goulding, Benjamin Glazer, Screenplay by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Milton Herbert Gropper.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Albert Lewis.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering. Clark Gable plays a big-time con artist who escapes the city of Manhattan for a little while when the…

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The Plastic Age (1925)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B. USA, 1925.  B.P. Schulberg Productions.  Screenplay by Frederica Sagor, Eve Unsell, based on the novel by Percy Marks. Cinematography by Allen G. Siegler, Gilbert Warrenton.  Produced by B.P. Schulberg Should be called The Plastic Movie. Clara Bow and Donald Keith star as college students who meet and fall in love, but she…

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To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Romaine Film Corporation.  Original Story by Melchior Lengyel, Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heyman.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Fantastic war comedy, most notable for being the very last…

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Hands Across The Table (1935)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, Vincent Lawrence, Herbert Fields, based on a story by Vina Delmar.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender, John Leipold, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea. Carole Lombard shines…

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Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp, Oscar Hammerstein II, based on a play by George Manker Watters, Arthur Hopkins.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Phil Boutelje, Ralph Rainger, Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Eda Warren. Carole Lombard misses…

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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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My Man Godfrey (1936)

GREGORY LA CAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Morris Ryskind, Eric Hatch, based on the novel by Eric Hatch.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Charles Previn, Rudy Schrager.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent, Russell F. Schoengarth.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1936.  …

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