The Virtuous Sin (1930)

GEORGE CUKOR, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1930. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Martin Brown, scenario by Louise Long, based on the play by Lajos Zilahy. Cinematography by David Abel. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Otho Lovering. The plot of this melodramatic soap opera is not one that…

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Merrily We Go To Hell (1932)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on the story I, Jerry, Take Thee, Joan by Cleo Lucas. Cinematography by David Abel. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. Film Editing by Jane Loring. Pre-code sophistication of the finest order, a film often cited…

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Holiday Inn (1942)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Irving Berlin, Adaptation by Elmer Rice, Screenplay by Claude Binyon.  Cinematography by David Abel.  Produced by Mark Sandrich.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.   This was the film that the hit song “White Christmas” was…

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Shall We Dance (1937)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Scott, Ernest Pagano, adaptation by P.J. Wolfson, based on a story by Lee Loeb, Harold Buchman.   Cinematography by David Abel.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Nathaniel Shilkret.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by William Hamilton….

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The Gay Divorcee (1934)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1934.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by George Marion Jr., Dorothy Yost, Edward Kaufman, musical adaptation by Kenneth S. Webb, Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the musical The Gay Divorce by Dwight Taylor.   Cinematography by David Abel.   Produced by Pandro S. Berman.   Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Van…

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Top Hat (1935)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Dwight Taylor, Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott.  Cinematography by David Abel.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by William Hamilton.  This one is regarded by many as the best of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals (I…

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Follow The Fleet (1936)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1936.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott, based on the play Shore Leave by Hubert Osborne.   Cinematography by David Abel.   Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by Henry Berman.   One of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire‘s…

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Swing Time (1936)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1936.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard Lindsay, Allan Scott, from a story by Erwin S. Gelsey.  Cinematography by David Abel.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Jerome Kern.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by Henry Berman.   My favourite musical starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire is this fantastic George…

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