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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Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Alternate title:  The Light Fantastic USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Brooks Flippen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by William H. Wright.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by George Boemler. Big time New York theatrical agent Larry Parks meets the owner of  a…

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Sunrise At Campobello (1960)

VINCENT J. DONEHUE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1960.  Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Dore Schary, based on his play.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is enjoying wife and family at his summer home on…

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Blossoms In The Dust (1941)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Ralph Wheelwright, Screenplay by Anita Loos.  Cinematography by Karl Freund, W. Howard Greene.  Produced by Irving Asher, Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   A Wisconsin girl is swept off her feet by a tall Texan who takes her…

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Desire Under The Elms (1958)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1958.   Don Hartman Productions.   Screenplay by Irwin Shaw, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill.   Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.   Produced by Don Hartman.   Music by Elmer Bernstein.   Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.   Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.   Film Editing by George Boemler.     Boring adaptation…

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Oklahoma! (1955)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Magna Theatre Corporation, Rodgers & Hammerstein Productions.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, based on the musical play by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, from the play Green Grow The Rushes by Lynn Riggs.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Richard Rodgers.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume…

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The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Maddow, John Huston, based on the novel by W.R. Burnett.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Genre-defining heist movie that is as memorable for…

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Adam’s Rib (1949)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by William Ferrari, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Terrific battle of the sexes film written by the team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin….

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Pat and Mike (1952)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McClearly.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Katharine Hepburn plays a champion athlete (tennis, golf, you name it) who is discovered by talent agent Spencer…

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