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 1951.   … More The Great Caruso (1951)

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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 and … More The Emperor Waltz (1948)

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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 1944.   … More The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)

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Callaway Went Thataway (The Star Said No) (1951)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  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 being played on television and … More Callaway Went Thataway (The Star Said No) (1951)

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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 birth … More Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

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Scaramouche

BBB (out of 5) The famed swordsman (played by Stewart Granger) scampers around 18th-century France in search of new villains to slay. When the evil Mel Ferrer slays Granger’s brother, our hero must hide out in a troupe of travelling players as the clownish character Scaramouche until he can find his opportunity to seek vengeance. Meanwhile, … More Scaramouche

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