This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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Hollywood On Trial (1976)

DAVID HELPERN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by Arnie Reisman.  Cinematography by Barry Abrams.  Produced by James C. Gutman.  Film Editing by Frank Galvin.  Academy Awards 1977.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977. The period of the Hollywood Blacklist is one of the ugliest eras of American political history, and certainly not something that, in retrospect,…

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Broadway Melody Of 1938 (1937)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original Story by Jack McGowan, Sid Silvers, Screenplay by Jack McGowan.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Jack Cummings. Music by Leo Arnaud, Murray Cutter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.   None of the Broadway Melodies have any narrative in common other…

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Battleground (1949)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1949.  Golden Globe Awards 1949.   This one’s uncomfortable blend of gritty realism and jokey contrivances keep it from having aged…

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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, based on the musical comedy by George M. Cohan.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, Roger Edens, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Ridiculously boring yarn has lovely lass Judy Garland give…

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For Me And My Gal (1942)

BUSBY BERKELEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Howard Emmett Rogers, Screenplay by Richard Sherman, Fred F. Finklehoffe, Sid Silvers.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Roger Edens.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.  Academy Awards 1942.   Gene Kelly‘s film debut came about in…

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