The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.  …

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this cynical…

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Easy To Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Weak Esther Williams vehicle that, as with so many her films, is just a series of excuses to get her into a bathing suit. She plays the star attraction at Cypress Gardens in Florida who is constantly bickering with her money-minded manager (Van Johnson) about her career. After he takes her…

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The Toast Of New Orleans (1950)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sy Gomberg, George Wells.  Cinematography by William E. Snyder.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1950.   Those who aren’t fans of opera will prefer to kill themselves than sit through two…

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Ninotchka

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Greta Garbo shines in her first comedy in this hilarious early Billy Wilder script, the film that was the basis for the musical Silk Stockings. A tough-as-nails Russian agent (Garbo) is in Paris to sell a royal member’s precious jewels and finds herself attracting the attention of swoony Melvyn Douglas. Not one…

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Song Of The Thin Man

BBB (out of 5) The last time that Myrna Loy and William Powell were teamed up as amateur detectives Nora and Nick Charles was in this enjoyable little thriller. This time the murderer that they seek is travelling through the world of jazz music, so in between the funny one-liners and near-death experiences there’s lots of…

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Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

BBBB (out of 5) Thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of Jules Verne’s popular adventure novel is highlighted by gorgeous photography and numerous celebrity cameos. British gentleman Phileas Fogg (a delightfully dapper David Niven) makes a bet with a friend that he can traverse the entire globe in exactly eighty days, then proceeds to do so. Along the…

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