Smilin’ Through (1932)

SIDNEY FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Claudine West, dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, James B. Fagan, based on the play by Jane Cowl, Jane Murfin.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Albert Lewin.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film…

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Red Dust (1932)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the play by Wilson Collison.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg, Irving Thalberg.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Clark Gable runs a rubber plantation in southeast Asia, his daily grind interrupted by the…

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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

STUART WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers, based on a story by John Monk Saunders.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Bayard Veiller.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by James Smith. Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s…

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The Invisible Man (1933)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent. The classic James Whale adventure features state-of-the-art visual effects in this terrifying story of a lab scientist (Claude…

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The Wolf Man (1941)

GEORGE WAGGNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Curt Siodmak.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by George Waggner.  Music by Charles Previn, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.   Lon Chaney Jr. plays an heir who returns home to England for the first time in decades,…

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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, based on the musical comedy by George M. Cohan.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, Roger Edens, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Ridiculously boring yarn has lovely lass Judy Garland give…

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Love Before Breakfast

BBB (out of 5) Carole Lombard is engaged to a boring fuddy-duddy but keeps finding herself in the way of caddish Preston Foster.  This isn’t surprising considering he is her fiance’s boss and constantly finds ways to assign her intended to jobs outside the country and away from his lady love. Lombard is crazy about the…

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Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry (1937)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lawrence Hazard, from an original story by Eleanore Griffin, J. Walter Ruben.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Harry Rapf.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Elmo Veron. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are teamed up for the first time in…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the 1931 screenplay by Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein, from the novel The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Victor Fleming.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing…

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The Prince And The Pauper

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable adventure features a remarkable sense of time and place, the kind of period film that Warner Bros. excelled at in the late thirties and forties. Not as compelling as The Sea Hawk or The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex but just as opulent, the story is set in 16th-century…

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Captain Blood (1935)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros., Cosmopolitan Productions.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the play by Rafael Sabatini. Cinematography by Ernest Haller, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown, Gordon Hollingshead.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Academy Awards 1935. Marvelous adventure…

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Rebecca (1940)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison, adaptation by Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Eugene Joseff.  Film Editing by W. Donn…

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