Hell’s House (1932)

HOWARD HIGGIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1932.  B.F. Zeidman Productions Ltd..  Story by Howard Higgin, adaptation by Paul Gangelin, B. Harrison Orkow.  Cinematography by Allen G. Siegler.  Produced by B.F. Zeidman.  Production Design by Edward C. Jewell.  Film Editing by Edward Schroeder. A teenager (Junior Durkin) loses his mother in a ridiculous traffic accident (a car mows her down in front…

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Broadway Melody Of 1938 (1937)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original Story by Jack McGowan, Sid Silvers, Screenplay by Jack McGowan.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Jack Cummings. Music by Leo Arnaud, Murray Cutter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell. None of the Broadway Melodies have any narrative in common other…

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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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Anne Of Green Gables (1934)

GEORGE NICHOLS JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sam Mintz, based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Cinematography by Lucien N. Andriot. Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Alfred Herman, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   First notable talkie version of…

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The Petrified Forest (1936)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screen play by Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves, based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks. Early Bette Davis classic is one of the best stage…

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The Good Earth

BBB (out of 5) An important epic of the thirties that has not aged well for many reasons, the biggest of them likely to be the fact that it is a cast of mostly white actors in yellowface, with real Asians populating the background. Paul Muni, who is ridiculous, and Luise Rainer, who is surprisingly…

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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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Captains Courageous (1937)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, Dale Van Every, based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Louis D. Lighton.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Elmo Veron.  Academy Awards 1937. Rousing adventure based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling is…

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The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, adaptation by Noel Langley, based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, William A. Horning, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by…

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Libeled Lady (1936)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Howard Emmett Rogers, George Oppenheimer, based on the story by Wallace Sullivan.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith.  Academy Awards 1936.   This is one of the most…

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Three Comrades (1938)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edward E. Paramore Jr., based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy Awards 1938. Adapted (liberally, I’m sure) from the novel by Erich…

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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.  Academy Awards 1935. Katharine Hepburn plays a working-class girl in…

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