The Front Page (1974)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Monash.  Music by Billy May.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Ralph E….

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1962.  Euterpe, Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, based on the book by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Leo Arnaud, Alexander Courage, Roger Edens, Robert Franklyn, Conrad Salinger, George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis.  Costume Design…

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The Front Page (1931)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  The Caddo Company.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, adaptation by Bartlett Cormack, additional dialogue by Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Glen MacWilliams.  Produced by Howard Hughes, Lewis Milestone.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Duncan Mansfield.  Despite the technologically awkward aspects of this 1931 production that leave it horribly dated, this…

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Twentieth Century (1934)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, based on the play Napoleon on Broadway by Charles Bruce Millholland.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Louis Silvers.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.   Rollicking good screwball comedy that features John Barrymore at his richest and Carole…

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His Girl Friday (1940)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Sidney Cutner, Felix Mills.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.   Howard Hawks remakes The Front Page with…

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Wuthering Heights (1939)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   Romantically filmed, lush adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ever-so-popular novel about love between…

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Gunga Din (1939)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Screenplay by Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, inspired by the poem by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Henry Berman, John Lockert.   It’s fun in the…

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