Possessed (1931)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1931. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the play by Edgar Selwyn. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Clarence Brown. Music by Charles Maxwell. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by William LeVanway. Joan Crawford has at this…

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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…

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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…

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Romance (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer, from the play by Edward Sheldon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Unwatchable cornfest that captures Greta Garbo between stages of development as…

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The Secret Garden (1949)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Ardrey, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern. Early version of the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s novel isn’t as delicate as…

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National Velvet (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Theodore Reeves, Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1945. Adored by young and old alike for decades, and rightfully so.  Elizabeth…

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The Yearling (1946)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling, Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1946.  Golden Globe Awards 1946.   Beautiful family film…

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The Rains Came (1939)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Julien Josephson, based on the novel by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller, Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by William S. Darling, George Dudley.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1939. Myrna Loy‘s glamour…

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Anna Karenina (1935)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Clemence Dane, Salka Viertel, dialogue adaptation by S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Strongest film version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic…

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A Free Soul (1931)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 1931.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Becky Gardiner, dialogue by John Meehan, based on the play by Willard Mack, from the novel by Adela Rogers St. Johns.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1930/1931.   It’s…

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Anna Christie (English Version) (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Paul Bern, Clarence Brown, Irving Thalberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Garbo talks! The great actress’s first talkie is a bit…

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Flesh And The Devil (1926)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1926.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, titles by Marian Ainslee, based on the novel The Undying Past by Hermann Sudermann.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Fredric Hope.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosier.   The great Garbo is luminous in…

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