Our Modern Maidens (1929)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1929. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story and continuity by Josephine Lovett, titles by Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Jack Conway, Hunt Stromberg. Music by Arthur Lange. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Sam Zimbalist. The success of…

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The Rise of Catherine The Great (1934)

PAUL CZINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Alternate title:  Catherine The Great United Kingdom, 1934.  London Film Productions.  Story and Dialogue by Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis, Melchior Lengyel, Scenarist Marjorie Deans, based on the play The Czarina by Lajos Biro, Melchior Lengyel.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Alexander Korda, Ludovico Topelitz.  Music by Muir…

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Little Caesar (1931)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1931.  First National Pictures.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, continuity by Robert N. Lee, based on the novel by W.R. Burnett.   Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck.   Music by Erno Rapee.   roduction Design by Anton Grot.   Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss.  Academy…

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Gunga Din (1939)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Screenplay by Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, inspired by the poem by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Henry Berman, John Lockert.  Academy Awards 1939.   It’s fun…

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The Prisoner Of Zenda (1937)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by John L. Balderston, dramatization by Edward E. Rose, adaptation by Wells Root, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the novel by Anthony Hope.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by…

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Ghost Story

B (out of 5) Toothless thriller that features some great actors of yore in their last roles. Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Melvyn Douglas are part of a secret society that get together in their small eastern town to frighten each other with ghost stories. One of their members loses their son in a…

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Morning Glory (1933)

LOWELL SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard J. Green, based on the play by Zoe Akins.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Charles M. Kirk, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Hamilton.  Academy Awards 1932/1933.   Katharine Hepburn won her first of four…

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