Show Boat (1936)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.   Screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on his stage play adapted from the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by John J. Mescall.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Victor Baravalle, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Doris Zinkeisen.  Film Editing by Bernard W….

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The Miracle Woman (1931)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay and dialogue by Jo Swerling, based on the play Bless You Sister by John Meehan, Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Maurice Wright.  Barbara Stanwyck opens this film with a fiery speech that gets your blood up…

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Duck Soup (1933)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Wiard Ihnen.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone. This is definitely one of the most popular, beloved comedies starring the Marx…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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No Way Out (1987)

ROGER DONALDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Orion Pictures.  Screen story and Screenplay by Robert Garland, based on the novel The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing.  Cinematography by John Alcott.  Produced by Robert Garland, Laura Ziskin.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by J. Dennis Washington.  Costume Design by Violet N. Cane, George L. Little.  Film Editing by William Hoy, Neil…

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The Sign Of The Cross (1932)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Sidney Buchman, from the play by Wilson Barrett, and the novel Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Jay Chernis, Rudolph G. Kopp, Paul Marquardt, Milan Roder.  Production Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Costume Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Film…

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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Buckner.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Errol Flynn, John Hughes.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy. Although its historical accuracy is more than questionable, this mixed up western does offer up the opportunity to…

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Big Business (1988)

JIM ABRAHAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1988.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III.  Screenplay by Dori Pierson, Marc Reid Rubel.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Michael Peyser, Steve Tisch.  Music by Lee Holdridge.  Production Design by William Sandell.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Harry Keramidas.   Despite terrific performances and some clever camera tricks, this film is never…

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