Thousands Cheer (1943)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Jarrico, Richard Collins, based on their story Private Miss Jones.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by George Boemler. All-star musical parades meant…

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The More The Merrier (1943)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1943.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Screenplay by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1943. Hollywood writers working after the Hayes code came into…

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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1963.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Kohlmar-Sidney Productions.  Screenplay by Irving Brecher, based on the play by Michael Stewart.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Production Design by Paul Groesse.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   Weak adaptation of the hit Broadway musical marks the film debut of Dick Van…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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They Got Me Covered (1943)

DAVID BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1943.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Story by Leo Rosten, Leonard Spigelgass, Screenplay by Harry Kurnitz, additional dialogue by Frank Fenton, Lynn Root.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Harold Arlen, Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Bob Hope plays the most inept journalist…

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The Kid Stays In The Picture

NANETTE BURSTEIN, BRETT MORGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Highway Films, Ministry of Propaganda Films, Robert Evans Company, Woodland Pictures LLC.  Screenplay by Brett Morgen, based on the book by Robert Evans.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Nanette Burstein, Graydon Carter, Brett Morgen.  Music by Jeff Danna.  Production Design by Mark Harper.  Film Editing by Jun Diaz.  Boston Film…

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Rhythm Romance

GEORGE ARCHAINBAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   Alternate title:  Some Like It Hot Bob Hope‘s comedic abilities are the only thing worth taking fom this middling musical comedy. Originally titled Some Like It Hot but now retitled on video so as to not be confused with the Billy Wilder classic, it features Hope as a…

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