Above Suspicion (1943)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1943. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Keith Winter, Melville Baker, Patricia Coleman, based on the novel by Helen MacInnes. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Gile Steele. Film Editing by George Hively. It…

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The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards…

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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1948.  Paramount Pictures.  Directed by Billy Wilder.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.  Academy Awards 1948. Corny nonsense that marks a rare misfire for director Billy Wilder…

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The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Jan Lustig, George Froeschel, additional poetry by Robert Nathan, based on the poem by Alice Duer Miller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Clarence Brown, Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards…

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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Alternate title:  The Star Said No USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Marlin Skiles.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Cotton Warburton. Old westerns starring Howard Keel are…

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Marie Antoinette (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, based in part on the book by Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1938. Married to the…

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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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Scaramouche (1952)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ronald Millar, George Froeschel, based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Carey Wilson.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom.   The famed swordsman (played by Stewart Granger) scampers around 18th-century…

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Bitter Sweet (1940)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1940. If you can buy a late-thirties Jeanette MacDonald as a…

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Go West (1940)

EDWARD BUZZELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Irving Brecher.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by George Bassman, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell. The wind had long gone out of the creative sails of the Marx Brothers movies by this…

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The Merry Widow (1952)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, based on the operetta by Viktor Leon, Leo Stein.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1952. The worst version of the popular operetta is…

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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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