Viva Villa! (1934)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Mexico, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by the book by Edgecumb Pinchon, O.B. Stade.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Harry Oliver.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert…

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The Racket (1928)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1928.  The Caddo Company.  Scenario by Del Andrews, titles by Tom Miranda, adaptation by Bartlett Cormack, based on his play.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Howard Hughes.  Music by Robert Israel.  Production Design by Julian Boone Fleming.  Film Editing by Eddie Adams.  Beautifully shot underworld…

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7th Heaven (1927)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1927.  Frank Borzage Production, Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, adaptation and titles by Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell, based on the play by Austin Strong. Cinematography by Ernest Palmer, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by William Fox.  Music by R.H. Bassett.  Production Design by Freddie Stoos. …

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Cimarron (1931)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1931.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by William LeBaron, Wesley Ruggles.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Max Ree.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by William Hamilton.   Richard Dix brings his wife Irene Dunne and their young son to…

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You And Me (1938)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Norman Krasna, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Kurt Weill.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Early Hollywood project by the recently-arrived Fritz Lang shows him off at his corniest. George Raft and Sylvia Sidney play employees…

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The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, based on the novel by Nelson Algren.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Joseph C. Wright.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Outstanding look at drug addiction by filmmaker Otto Preminger that is surprisingly…

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Doll Face (1945)

LEWIS SEILER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Leonard Praskins, adaptation by Harold Buchman, based on the play The Naked Genius by Gypsy Rose Lee.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bryan Foy.  Music by David Buttolph, Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Boris Leven, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Norman…

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   This hysterical comedy of gender-errors was recently ranked…

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The Front Page (1931)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  The Caddo Company.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, adaptation by Bartlett Cormack, additional dialogue by Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Glen MacWilliams.  Produced by Howard Hughes, Lewis Milestone.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Duncan Mansfield.  Despite the technologically awkward aspects of this 1931 production that leave it horribly dated, this…

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Little Caesar (1931)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1931.  First National Pictures.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, continuity by Robert N. Lee, based on the novel by W.R. Burnett.   Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck.   Music by Erno Rapee.   roduction Design by Anton Grot.   Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss.  …

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Guys And Dolls (1955)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1955.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the musical play, book by Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, from a story by Damon Runyon.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr..  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Frank Loesser.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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Anthony Adverse (1936)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Sheridan Gibney, based on the book by Hervey Allen.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Drama and adventure on a grand scale as Fredric March is born to an adulterous woman…

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