Holiday (1938)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1938. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman, based on the play by Philip Barry. Cinematography by Franz Planer. Produced by Everett Riskin. Music by Sidney Cutner. Production Design by Stephen Goosson. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Al Clark, Otto Meyer….

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College Swing (1938)

RAOUL WALSH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, from an idea by Ted Lesser.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Lewis E. Gensler.  Music by Gordon Jenkins.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone Fans of Gracie Allen will get a kick…

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The Front Page (1931)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  The Caddo Company.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, adaptation by Bartlett Cormack, additional dialogue by Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Glen MacWilliams.  Produced by Howard Hughes, Lewis Milestone.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Duncan Mansfield.  Academy Awards 1930/1931. Despite the technologically awkward aspects of this 1931 production that leave it horribly…

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The Merry Widow (1934)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson, based on the musical book and lyrics by Viktor Leon, Leo Stein, from the play L’Attache D’Ambassade by Henri Meilhac.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Franz Lehar, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by…

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Trouble In Paradise (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, adaptation by Grover Jones, based on the play The Honest Finder by Aladar Laszlo.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins fall madly in love over a shared…

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Sex And The Single Girl (1964)

RICHARD QUINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1964.  Fernwood Productions Inc., Reynard.  Story by Joseph Hoffman, Screenplay by Joseph Heller, David R. Schwartz, based on the book by Helen Gurley Brown.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by William T. Orr.  Music by Neal Hefti.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by David Wages.   Helen Gurley Brown’s…

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller, based on the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Academy Awards 1941.   In this adorable fantasy, a…

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Lady On A Train

BBBBB (out of 5) Deanna Durbin plays the daughter of a wealthy media magnate who takes a trip to New York and, during a pause on the train’s trip right before getting into Grand Central Station, witnesses a murder through her window. When she arrives in the city she tries to tell the authorities but…

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The Devil Is A Woman (1935)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Dos Passos, Sam Winston, David Hertz, Oran Schee, based on the novel La Femme et le Pantin by Pierre Louys.  Cinematography by Josef von Sternberg.  Produced by Josef von Sternberg.  Music by John Leipold, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Josef von Sternberg.  Costume Design…

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Pocketful Of Miracles (1961)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1961.  Franton Productions.  Screenplay by Hal Kanter, Harry Tugend, based on a screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a story by Damon Runyon.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Walter Scharf.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank…

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Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by Joseph Kesselring.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell. Hilarious adaptation of the popular play about a well-intentioned…

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Lost Horizon (1937)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Ernest Dryden.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick, Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1937. Ronald Colman and crew think it’s over for them when their…

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