An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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Working Girls (1931)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, based on the play by Vera Caspary, Winifred Lenihan.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Music by Ralph Rainger.   Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Film Editing by Jane Loring. Dorothy Hall and Judith Wood have just moved to the Big Apple from…

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Becky Sharp (1935)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  Pioneer Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, based on the play by Langdon Mitchell, from the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by George Hazenbush.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   Thackeray’s massive Vanity Fair has been…

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If I Were King (1938)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on the play by Justin Huntly McCarthy.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.   Ronald Colman plays a ruffian poet living in Louis XI’s…

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Of Human Bondage (1934)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1934.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lester Cohen, based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Morgan.  Academy Awards 1934. Dramatic adaptation of F….

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Souls At Sea (1937)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Grover Jones, Dale Van Every, based on a story by Ted Lesser. Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad, Charles Lang. Produced by Henry Hathaway, Grover Jones, Adolph Zukor. Music by W. Franke Harling, Milan Roder. Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film…

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Little Women (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Kitchin.  Considered by some to be…

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