Ladies’ Man (1931)

LOTHAR MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Music by Karl Hajos, Herman Hand, John Leipold. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Sophistication is the word of the day in this pre-code melodrama, in which William…

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Peter Ibbetson (1935)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1935. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, Waldemar Young, adaptation by Constance Collier, additional scenes by John Meehan, Edwin Justis Mayer, based on the novel by George L. Du Maurier and the play by John Nathaniel Raphael. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Louis D. Lighton….

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A Woman’s Face (1941)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1941. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Elliot Paul, based on the play by Francis de Croisset. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. Joan Crawford…

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The House of Rothschild (1934)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  20th Century Pictures.   Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on a play by George Hembert Westley. Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Barbara McLean,…

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1937. Warner Bros.. Story by Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, based on Zola And His Time by Matthew Josephson.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner. Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by…

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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1936.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Hugh Walpole, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Sturges Carne.  Costume Design by Sophie Wachner.  Film Editing by Hal C. Kern. Adorable adaptation of the popular novel by Frances Hodgson…

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Always Goodbye (1938)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB USA, 1938.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Douglas Z. Doty, Gilbert Emery, Screenplay by Kathryn Scola, Edith Skouras. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson. Barbara Stanwyck brings her usual fiery…

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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

ALEXANDER KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1941.  Alexander Korda Films.  Original Screenplay by Walter Reisch, R.C. Sherriff.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier play Emma Hamilton and Captain Horatio Nelson, who defied their rigid, early 19th-century society…

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Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

LAMBERT HILLYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Bram Stoker, Screenplay by Garrett Fort, based on a suggestion by David O. Selznick, and characters created by Bram Stoker.  Cinematography by George Robinson.  Produced by E.M. Asher.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Brymer.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Gloria Holden makes a…

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Goin’ To Town (1935)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Emanuel Cohen Productions.  Story by Marion Morgan, George B. Dowell, Screenplay by Mae West.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by John Leipold, Stephan Pasternacki, Tom Satterfield.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone.   “What excuse does a gal like…

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Juarez (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, Aeneas MacKenzie, Wolfgang Reinhardt, based on the play by Franz Werfel, and the novel The Phantom Crown by Bertita Harding.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren…

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Souls At Sea (1937)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Grover Jones, Dale Van Every, based on a story by Ted Lesser. Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad, Charles Lang. Produced by Henry Hathaway, Grover Jones, Adolph Zukor. Music by W. Franke Harling, Milan Roder. Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film…

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