Footlight Parade (1933)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Manuel Seff, James Seymour.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Robert Lord.  Music by Al Dubin, Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Harry Warren, Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy….

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Susan Slept Here (1954)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.    USA, 1954.  Harriet Parsons Productions.   Screenplay by Alex Gottlieb, based on the play by Steve Fisher, Alex Gottlieb.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Harriet Parsons.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Michael Woulfe.  Film Editing by…

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Flirtation Walk (1934)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  First National Pictures.  Story by Delmer Daves, Louis F. Edelman, Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Sol Polito.  Produced by Frank Borzage.  Music by Heinz Roemhold.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  Silly but…

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The Enemy Below (1957)

DICK POWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by D.A. Rayner.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Dick Powell.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert Hogsett, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. …

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Christmas In July (1940)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on his play A Cup Of Coffee.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by John Leipold, Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Harriet Altland, Murray Foster, Joe Kaplan.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland. In this short, adorable…

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Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Erwin S. Gelsey, James Seymour, Dialogue by David Boehm, Ben Markson, based on a play by Avery Hopwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Robert Lord, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Delightful piece of Depression-era…

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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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Murder, My Sweet (1944)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by John Paxton, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler.  Cinematography by Harry J. Wild.  Produced by Adrian Scott.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Joseph Noriega. Terrific adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel Farewell, My Lovely which…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)

WILLIAM DIETERLE, MAX REINHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Charles Kenyon, Mary C. McCall Jr, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  A cavalcade of Warner Bros. stars…

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Gold Diggers Of 1935 (1935)

BUSBY BERKELEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  First National Pictures.  Story by Robert Lord, Peter Milne, Screenplay by Manuel Seff, Peter Milne.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Music by Bernhard Kaun, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.   The best of the “Gold Diggers” movies is this Busby Berkeley-directed musical about a…

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Gold Diggers Of 1937 (1936)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Warren Duff, based on the play Sweet Mystery of Life by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallace, George Haight.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.   Dick Powell stars in this pedestrian…

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42nd Street (1933)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Rian James, James Seymour, based on the novel by Bradford Ropes.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Al Dubin, Harry Warren, Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Pratt, Frank Ware. The genre of backstage musicals…

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