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.   William Saroyan’s script, which he was also set to direct, was deemed too long and heavy…

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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…

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Courage Of Lassie (1946)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lionel Houser.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Robert Sisk.  Music by Scott Bradley, Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Youngblood.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   The beloved canine hero gets top billing above the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Morgan in this charming…

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The Big Store (1941)

CHARLES REISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original story by Nat Perrin, Screenplay by Sid Kuller, Hal Fimberg, Ray Golden.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Louis K. Sidney.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof, George Bassman, Lennie Hayton, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig. One of the least memorable Marx Brothers…

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The Bad And The Beautiful (1952)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by George Bradshaw, Screenplay by Charles Schnee.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   The soap opera-style plot of this classic is easily overcome by the…

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A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by W.P. Lipscomb, S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, and the bibliographies The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle, Journal of the Temple by M. Clery, The Memoirs by Mademoiselle des Echerolles, M. Nicholas.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production…

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The Merry Widow (1952)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, based on the operetta by Viktor Leon, Leo Stein.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   The worst version of the popular operetta is this musical…

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King Solomon’s Mines (1950)

COMPTON BENNETT, ANDREW MARTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Mischa Spoliansky.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig, Ralph E. Winters.   Exciting adventure film set in Africa….

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