Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by Irwin Shaw.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan, Robert James…

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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Myles Connolly, based on the story La Morte Du Cygne by Paul Morand.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Douglass Biggs. Decades before Black Swan indulged a hyper-surreal investigation of…

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Words And Music (1948)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Guy Bolton, Jean Holloway, Adaptation by Ben Feiner Jr.,  Screenplay by Fred F. Finklehoffe.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, Ferris…

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Twilight For The Gods (1958)

JOSEPH PEVNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1958.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Irving Glassberg.  Produced by Gordon Kay.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Tony Martinelli.   Almost completely forgotten sea adventure with Rock Hudson as the captain of a…

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Brigadoon (1954)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his musical play.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Gene Kelly and Van Johnson play tourists in the highlands of Scotland…

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The Harvey Girls (1946)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original Story by Eleanore Griffin, William Rankin, Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Nathaniel Curtis, Harry Crane, James O’Hanlon, Samson Raphaelson, additional dialogue by Kay Van Riper, based on the novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by…

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Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)

RICHARD WHORF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story by Guy Bolton, Story adaptation by George Wells, Screenplay by Myles Connolly, Jean Holloway.    Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Even the most die…

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That’s Entertainment! III (1994)

BUD FRIEDGEN, MICHAEL J. SHERIDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1994.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Turner Entertainment.  Screenplay by Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan.  Cinematography by Ari Kristinsson.  Produced by Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan.  Music by Marilee Bradford.  Costume Design by Pasquale Spezzano.  Film Editing by Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan.   Another collection of great moments from classic MGM musicals, this time going the…

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Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. The classic musical that has never aged a day. Gene Kelly plays a movie star during a…

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Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

LEMUEL AYERS, ROY DEL RUTH, ROBERT LEWIS, VINCENTE MINNELLI, GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by David Freedman, Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Charles Rosher.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Roger Edens, Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film…

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The Band Wagon (1953)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Jackson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, George White.   Vincente Minnelli outdid his own An American In Paris with this…

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That’s Entertainment Part II (1976)

GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Narration by Leonard Gershe.  Produced by Saul Chaplin, Daniel Melnick.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Filipo.  Film Editing by David Blewitt, David Bretherton, Bud Friedgen, Peter C. Johnson.   More greatest-hit clips from MGM’s vault, with the novelty wearing slightly thin but the material still entertaining. Hollywood veterans Gene…

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