One Foot In Heaven (1941)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the book by Hartzell Spence.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Irving Rapper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Warren Low. In early twentieth-century Stratford,…

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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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No Man Of Her Own (1932)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Edmund Goulding, Benjamin Glazer, Screenplay by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Milton Herbert Gropper.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Albert Lewis.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering. Clark Gable plays a big-time con artist who escapes the city of Manhattan for a little while when the…

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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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The Great Lie (1941)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the novel The Far Horizon by Polan Banks.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1941. When Mary Astor and George Brent elope, they find…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)

WILLIAM DIETERLE, MAX REINHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Charles Kenyon, Mary C. McCall Jr, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1935.   A cavalcade of Warner…

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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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Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by Joseph Kesselring.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell. Hilarious adaptation of the popular play about a well-intentioned…

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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Lewis R. Foster, Screenplay by Sidney Buchman.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  ostume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Al Clark, Gene Havlick.  Academy Awards 1939. Frank Capra feel-good Americana about a pure-hearted boy-scout leader…

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Gold Diggers Of 1935 (1935)

BUSBY BERKELEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  First National Pictures.  Story by Robert Lord, Peter Milne, Screenplay by Manuel Seff, Peter Milne.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Music by Bernhard Kaun, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Academy Awards 1935.   The best of the “Gold Diggers” movies is this Busby Berkeley-directed musical…

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Dancing Lady (1933)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Allen Rivkin, P.J. Wolfson, from the book by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Music by Maurice de Packh, Louis Silvers.  Production Design by Merrill Pye.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.   Low-key musical about a burlesque dancer (Joan Crawford) who tries to go…

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