Cimarron (1931)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1931.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by William LeBaron, Wesley Ruggles.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Max Ree.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by William Hamilton.   Richard Dix brings his wife Irene Dunne and their young son to…

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Pride And Prejudice (1940)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, from the dramatization by Helen Jerome of the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Karl Freund.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1940.   Devastatingly good adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic…

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Second Fiddle (1939)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by George Bradshaw, Screenplay by Harry Tugend.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Gene Markey.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, David Raksin.  Production Design by Richard Day, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939.   Adorable musical featuring Sonja Henie as a small town…

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Romeo And Juliet (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Talbot Jennings, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Oliver Messel.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.  Academy Awards 1936.   While it has many things to recommend itself above other versions of…

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David Copperfield (1935)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. Alternate title:  The Personal History, Adventures, Experience & Observation Of David Copperfield USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Hugh Walpole, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly…

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A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by W.P. Lipscomb, S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, and the bibliographies The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle, Journal of the Temple by M. Clery, The Memoirs by Mademoiselle des Echerolles, M. Nicholas.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production…

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The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle (1939)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Sherman, adaptation by Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Yost, based on the stories My Husband and My Memories of Vernon Castle by Irene Castle.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by George Haight.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. …

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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939. Pre-revolutionary Americans Henry Fonda and…

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Little Women (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Kitchin.  Academy Awards 1932/1933. Considered by some…

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