Murders In The Zoo (1933)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Philip Wylie, Seton I. Miller. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. The opening scene has one of the most shocking images of any movie made in the early thirties, the…

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Saratoga Trunk (1945)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1945. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Edna Ferber. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Joseph St. Amand. Costume Design by Leah Rhodes. Film Editing by Ralph Dawson. Clio Dulaine (Ingrid…

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Humoresque (1946)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1946. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Clifford Odets, Zachary Gold, based on the short story by Fannie Hurst. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by Jerry Wald. Music by Leo F. Forbstein. Production Design by Hugh Reticker. Costume Design by Adrian, Bernard Newman. Film Editing by Rudi Fehr….

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The Verdict (1946)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1946.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Milne, Israel Zangwill.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Ted Smith.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly.   Sydney Greenstreet gives a deliciously subtle performance as a judge who is removed from his position after a man…

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Dangerous (1935)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1935.  Warner Bros..  Story and Screenplay by Laird Doyle.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Bernhard Kaun, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hugh Reticker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.  Popular opinion had it that Bette Davis was overlooked by the Academy for her performance in Of…

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The Emperor Jones (1933)

DUDLEY MURPHY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran Inc..  Screenplay by DuBose Heyward, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill. Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Gifford Cochran, John Krimsky.  Music by Frank Tours.  Production Design by Herman Rosse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock. Paul Robeson‘s signature stage role is also one of his best-remembered films,…

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Mr. Skeffington (1944)

VINCENT SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, from the story by Elizabeth von Arnim.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   As with many similar soap opera films…

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Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros..  Story by Nicholas Ray, Screenplay by Stewart Stern, adaptation by Irving Shulman. Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by David Weisbart.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler, James Moore.   The original teen angst masterpiece that made James Dean a movie…

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Night After Night (1932)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, continuity by Kathryn Scola, based on the story Single Night by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Walter Plunkett.   So-so comedy that is lifted out of its mediocrity by the appearance of a debuting Mae…

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Dead Ringer (1964)

PAUL HENREID Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1964.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Albert Beich, Oscar Millard, based on the story La Otra aka Dead Pigeon by Rian James.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William H. Wright.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted.   It’s hard to contain Bette Davis into one…

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Dark Victory (1939)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, from the play by George Emerson Brewer Jr., Bertram Bloch.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.   It always amazes me that my fellow campy queens who…

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Jezebel (1938)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1938.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Clements Ripley, Abem Finkel, John Huston, based on the play by Owen Davis.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   Bette Davis stuns the crowd again as a rebellious…

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