Merrily We Go To Hell (1932)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on the story I, Jerry, Take Thee, Joan by Cleo Lucas. Cinematography by David Abel. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. Film Editing by Jane Loring. Pre-code sophistication of the finest order, a film often cited…

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Seven Days In May (1964)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1964.  Joel Productions, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Rod Serling, based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Edward Lewis.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by…

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One Foot In Heaven (1941)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the book by Hartzell Spence.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Irving Rapper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1941. In…

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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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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 Condemned Of Altona (1962)

VITTORIO DE SICA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Original title:  I Sequestrati di Altona Italy/France, 1962.  Société Générale de Cinématographie, Titanus.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, Cesare Zavattini, based on the play Les Sequestres d’Altona by Jean-Paul Sartre.  Cinematography by Roberto Gerardi.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Ezio Frigerio.  Costume Design by Pier Luigi Pizzi.  Film Editing by…

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Executive Suite (1954)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1954. The president of a furniture-making corporation drops dead of a heart attack on the…

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Nothing Sacred (1937)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by a story by James H. Street.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Oscar Levant.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom. Carole Lombard‘s only Technicolour film is this hysterical comedy…

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I Married A Witch (1942)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Rene Clair Productions, Cinema Guild Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story completion by Norman Matson, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh, Marc Connelly, based on a story by Thorne Smith.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Rene Clair.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Eda Warren.  Academy Awards 1942….

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The Bridges At Toko-Ri (1954)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Perlberg-Seaton Productions.  Screenplay by Valentine Davies, based on the novel by James A. Michener.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by William Perlberg, George Seaton.  Music by Lyn Murray.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie.  Academy Awards 1955. One of the first big-budget anti-war movies. William Holden is…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Adolph Zukor.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.  Academy Awards 1931/32. Moody, gothic interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ever-popular novel is a…

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Inherit The Wind (1960)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith, based on the play by Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.   …

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