Travels With My Aunt (1972)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1972.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, Hugh Wheeler, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by James Cresson, Robert Fryer.  Music by Tony Hatch.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by John Bloom.   Maggie Smith is fabulous-til-it-hurts in this overlong but…

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Let’s Make Love (1960)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, additional material by Hal Kanter.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Gene Allen, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.   The last musical Marilyn Monroe ever appeared in was this so-so…

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The Women (1939)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, Jane Murfin, based on the play by Clare Booth Luce.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh, Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by David Snell, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   What happens when you take the men…

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Les Girls (1957)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Sol C. Siegel Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Vera Caspary, Screenplay by John Patrick.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Saul Chaplin.  Production Design by Gene Allen, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   Glorious MGM musical perfectly highlights how much the world of…

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Camille (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, Frances Marion, James Hilton, from the play and novel by Alexandre Dumas fils.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Karl Freund.  Produced by Bernard H. Hyman, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.   Greta Garbo is excellent in this age-old,…

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Born Yesterday (1950)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Albert Mannheimer, based on the play by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by S. Sylvan Simon.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   Judy Holliday is absolutely fantastic in this witty, sparkling adaptation of the…

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A Star Is Born (1954)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB USA, 1954.  Transcona Enterprises.  Screenplay by Moss Hart, based on the 1937 film, story by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson, screenplay by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Robert Carson.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Sidney Luft.  Music by Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Gene Allen.  Costume Design by Jean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Folmar…

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My Fair Lady (1964)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his musical play adapted from the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Cecil Beaton.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Audrey Hepburn does…

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Little Women (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Kitchin.  Considered by some to be…

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.   The ultimate romantic comedy has to be this high-society love triangle that…

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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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