Slightly French (1949)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1949.  Columbia Pictures.  Story by Herbert Fields, Screenplay by Karen DeWolf. Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Irving Starr. Music by George Duning. Production Design by Carl Anderson. Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark. Don Ameche is a tyrannical filmmaker who…

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The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Ken Englund, based on a story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, adapted by Howard Lindsey, Russel Crouse.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Harlan Thompson.  Music by Gordon Jenkins, John Leipold, George Parrish, Victor Young.  Production Design by…

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The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  This excellent John…

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My Favourite Brunette (1947)

ELLIOTT NUGENT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Hope Enterprises.  Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Daniel Dare, Bob Hope.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.   Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for…

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Road To Zanzibar (1941)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Butler, Don Hartman, based on the story Find Colonel Fawcett by Don Hartman, Sy Bartlett.  Cinematography by Ted Tatzlaff.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie. Following the grand success of Road To…

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Road To Rio (1947)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Paramount Pictures.  Original Story and screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Daniel Dare.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.  Academy Awards 1947. One of the most enjoyable of the Road movies, featuring…

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Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp, Oscar Hammerstein II, based on a play by George Manker Watters, Arthur Hopkins.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Phil Boutelje, Ralph Rainger, Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Eda Warren. Carole Lombard misses…

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Road To Bali

HAL WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Paramount Pictures, Bing Crosby Productions, Hope Enterprises.  Story by Frank Butler, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Frank Butler, Hal Kanter, William Morrow.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Harry Tugend.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   Bing Crosby and Bob Hope reunite for…

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Donovan’s Reef (1963)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Story by Edmund Beloin, Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.   Lighthearted romp that shows the great John…

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The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1952.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Fredric M. Frank, Theodore St. John, Frank Cavett, Screenplay by Fredric M. Frank, Barre Lyndon, Theodore St. John.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Miles White.  Film Editing…

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They Got Me Covered (1943)

DAVID BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1943.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Story by Leo Rosten, Leonard Spigelgass, Screenplay by Harry Kurnitz, additional dialogue by Frank Fenton, Lynn Root.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Harold Arlen, Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Bob Hope plays the most inept journalist…

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Road To Morocco (1942)

DAVID BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Butler, Don Hartman.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Irene Morra.   Bing Crosby and Bob Hope whoop it up in yet another Road adventure, this one taking them to exotic…

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