The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Jack Killifer.   Excellent comedy about a crotchety…

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Animal Crackers (1930)

VICTOR HEERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1930.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, Continuity by Pierre Collings, based on the musical play by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Music by Max Reese.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.   After a rough start in movies with The Cocoanuts, the fantastic…

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A Night At The Opera (1935)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, from a story by James Kevin McGuinness.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by William LeVanway.   More Madcap Marxist Madness! Groucho plays a theatrical impresario who…

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The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

RICHARD QUINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Abe Burrows, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Howard Teichmann.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Ross Bellah.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956. Fans of Judy…

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The Cocoanuts (1929)

ROBERT FLOREY, JOSEPH SANTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, based on the play by George S. Kaufman.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Walter Wanger, Adolph Zukor.  Music by Frank Tours.  Film Editing by Barney Rogan.   The first Marx Brothers movie is a pretty funny comedy, but its awkward technology…

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Dinner At Eight (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1933.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, Herman J. Mankiewicz, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Hobe Erwin, Fredric Hope.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Ben…

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You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Riskin, based on a play by George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Irene, Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.  Academy Awards 1938. Terrific Frank Capra comedy about a kooky, lower-class…

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Stage Door

GREGORY LA CAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB (out of 5) Those who enjoy a good backstage musical like 42nd Street will want to take in this melodramatic, non-singing look at the lives of women trying to make it on the Big White Way.  Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Ginger Rogers are among the young…

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