Merrily We Go To Hell (1932)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on the story I, Jerry, Take Thee, Joan by Cleo Lucas. Cinematography by David Abel. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. Film Editing by Jane Loring. Pre-code sophistication of the finest order, a film often cited…

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The Divine Lady (1928)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1928.  First National Pictures.  Story by E. Barrington, Adaptation by Forrest Halsey, titles by Harry Carr, Edwin Justus Mayer.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Walter Morosco.  Music by Cecil Copping.  Production Design by Horace Jackson.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by Hugh…

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Romance (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer, from the play by Edward Sheldon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Unwatchable cornfest that captures Greta Garbo between stages of development as…

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To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Romaine Film Corporation.  Original Story by Melchior Lengyel, Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heyman.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Fantastic war comedy, most notable for being the very last…

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Midnight (1939)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, based on a story by Edwin Justus Mayer, Franz Schulz.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison. There’s a reason why they call it the…

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To Be Or Not To Be (1983)

ALAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1983.  Brooksfilms, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham, based on the 1942 screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, story by Melchior Lengyel, Ernst Lubitsch.  Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Mel Brooks.  Music by John Morris.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Alan…

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Desire (1936)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, Waldemar Young, Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the play Die Schonen Tage von Aranjuez by Hans Szekely, Robert A. Stemmle.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Frank Borzage, Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William…

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