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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Dream Wife (1953)

SIDNEY SHELDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, Herbert Baker, Alfred Lewis Levitt.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by George White.  Academy Awards 1953. The burgeoning issue of women in the…

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Dracula’s Daughter

BBB (out of 5) Gloria Holden makes a stylish villain as the famous Transylvanian count’s daughter (just who he reproduced with is beyond me, but anyway), who now roams dark American streets in search of young girls to prey upon. Irving Pichel is a scream as her trusty troll-slave, and everything is performed at a delicious…

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The Hucksters (1947)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Luther Davis, adaptation by Edward Chodorov, George Wells, based on the novel by Frederic Wakeman.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.   Clark Gable looks tired in this humdrum melodrama, which marks…

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