The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.  …

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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city of…

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Panama Hattie (1942)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Wilkie C. Mahoney, based on the play by Herbert Fields, Buddy G. DeSylva. Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell. Loosely adapted from the Broadway musical…

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this cynical…

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The Human Comedy (1943)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by William Saroyan, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1943.   William Saroyan’s script, which he was also set to direct, was deemed too long and heavy…

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The Big House (1930)

GEORGE W. HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and dialogue by Frances Marion, additional dialogue by Joseph Farnham, Martin Flavin.  Cinematography by Harold Wenstrom.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by David Cox.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Academy Awards 1929/1930.   Robert Montgomery is sent to prison for manslaughter, having killed a pedestrian while…

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Boys Town (1938)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original Story by Dore Schary, Eleanore Griffin, Screenplay by John Meehan, Dore Schary.  Cinematography by Sidney Wagner.  Produced by John W. Considine Jr..  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Eugene Joseff.  Film Editing by Elmo Veron.  Academy Awards 1938.   Biopic inspired by the real work of Father Flanagan, who responded…

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The Opposite Sex

BBB (out of 5) Watered down remake of The Women that tries to capture the success of How To Marry A Millionaire by ruining the fun and having men actually appear on screen. June Allyson  is the sweet-natured and devoted wife to a theatre producer who is devastated when she learns from a gossipy manicurist that her husband (Leslie…

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Julia Misbehaves (1948)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, Harry Ruskin, Arthur Wimperis, adaptation by Gina Kaus, Monckton Hoffe, based on a novel by Margery Sharp.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   Positively delightful, this is…

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The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Jan Lustig, George Froeschel, additional poetry by Robert Nathan, based on the poem by Alice Duer Miller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Clarence Brown, Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1944.  …

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The Wind (1928)

VICTOR SJOSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1928.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Scenario by Frances Marion, based on the novel by Dorothy Scarborough.  Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Kevin Brownlow, David Gill.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Edward Withers.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   Lillian Gish heads west from her native Virginia to live with a…

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Red Dust (1932)

BBBB (out of 5) Clark Gable runs a rubber plantation in southeast Asia, his daily grind interrupted by the appearance of a brassy blond (Jean Harlow) who is avoiding the authorities in Saigon, Sadie Thompson style, and sets Gable’s loins ablaze upon sight.  After a surveyor arrives to work the land but is taken ill with fever,…

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