Torch Singer (1933)

ALEXANDER HALL, GEORGE SOMNES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, Lynn Starling, based on the story Mike by Grace Perkins. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by Albert Lewis. Music by Ralph Rainger. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Eda Warren. Claudette Colbert is excellent…

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1937. Warner Bros.. Story by Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, based on Zola And His Time by Matthew Josephson.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner. Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by…

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Cleopatra (1934)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence, based on the adaptation of historical material by Bartlett Cormack.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Rudolph G. Kopp.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Vicky Williams.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens.  Academy Awards 1934. Not…

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The Prisoner Of Zenda (1937)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by John L. Balderston, dramatization by Edward E. Rose, adaptation by Wells Root, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the novel by Anthony Hope.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by…

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Les Miserables (1935)

RICHARD BOLESLAWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1935.  20th Century Pictures.  Screenplay by W.P. Lipscomb, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.   inematography by Gregg Toland.    Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.   Music by Alfred Newman.    Production Design by Richard Day.    Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.    Stodgy, lifeless adaptation…

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