Ladies’ Man (1931)

LOTHAR MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Music by Karl Hajos, Herman Hand, John Leipold. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Sophistication is the word of the day in this pre-code melodrama, in which William…

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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

CHARLES CRICHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1953.  Ealing Studios, Michael Balcon Productions.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Michael Truman.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Film Editing by Seth Holt. Delightful comedy from the halcyon days of Ealing’s reign over the British film industry.  The route between Titfield and Mallingford is…

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Lonesome (1928)

PAL FEJOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1928.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Mann Page, Adaptation by Edward T. Lowe Jr., Scenario by Edward T. Lowe Jr., Tom Reed, Titles by Tom Reed.  Cinematography by Gilbert Warrenton.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr., Oskar Schubert-Stevens.  Music by Joseph Cherniavsky.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Frank Atkinson. A crowded city only…

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Great Expectations (1946)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1946.  Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Kay Walsh, Cecil McGivern,based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Guy Green.  Produced by Ronald Neame.  Music by Walter Goehr.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  The best adaptation of a Dickens novel…

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Pygmalion (1938)

ANTHONY ASQUITH, LESLIE HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1938.  Pascal Film Productions.  Screenplay by George Bernard Shaw, W.P. Lipscomb, Cecil Lewis, based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by Arthur Honegger.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Ladislaw Czettel.  Film Editing by David Lean.  Not as splashy…

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