Above Suspicion (1943)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1943. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Keith Winter, Melville Baker, Patricia Coleman, based on the novel by Helen MacInnes. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Gile Steele. Film Editing by George Hively. It…

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this…

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Blossoms In The Dust (1941)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Ralph Wheelwright, Screenplay by Anita Loos.  Cinematography by Karl Freund, W. Howard Greene.  Produced by Irving Asher, Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by George Boemler.  Academy Awards 1941. A Wisconsin girl is swept off her feet by a tall Texan who…

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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.  Academy Awards 1942.   Fantastic war comedy, most notable for being the…

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Ninotchka (1939)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, based on the original story by Melchior Lengyel.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1939. Greta Garbo shines in her first comedy…

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Portrait Of Jennie

BBBB (out of 5) Soapy romance film still feels so rich after so many years. Joseph Cotten is a starving painter who meets a little girl in the park one day. The next time he sees her a few days later she has grown many years and again when he sees her next she has blossomed…

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Bitter Sweet (1940)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1940.   If you can buy a late-thirties Jeanette MacDonald as a lovestruck…

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Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

BUSBY BERKELEY, ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by William Anthony McGuire, Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.   The star power of Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr is reason enough to watch…

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