Random Harvest (1942)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Claudine West, George Froeschel, Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This…

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The Towering Inferno (1974)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Warner Bros., Irwin Allen Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novels The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia, Frank M. Robinson, and The Tower by Richard Martin Stern.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Irwin Allen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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A Date With Judy (1948)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Dorothy Kingsley, based on characters created by Aleen Leslie.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Teenaged Jane Powell is a very popular girl…

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Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)

GEORGE B. SEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Aurania Rouverol, Tom Seller, Annalee Whitmore.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr.,Sidney Wagner.  Produced by J.J. Cohn.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   Routine Andy Hardy adventure has its star Mickey Rooney falling in love with a society-page heiress while continuing…

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Madame Curie (1943)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, Hans Rameau, based on the book by Eve Curie.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This film biography of scientist Marie Curie, who discovered radium, is one of…

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Mrs. Miniver (1942)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, based on the book by Jan Struther.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin, William Wyler.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This beautiful World War II morale…

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The Cobweb (1955)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Paxton, additional dialogue by William Gibson, based on his novel.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Satisfying though strange melodrama from Vincente…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the 1931 screenplay by Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein, from the novel The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Victor Fleming.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by…

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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.   If you can buy a late-thirties Jeanette MacDonald as a lovestruck teenager…

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The Yearling (1946)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling, Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1946.  Golden Globe Awards 1946.   Beautiful family film…

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1972.  Twentieth Century Fox, Irwin Allen Productions, A Ronald Neame Film, Kent Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Paul Gallico.  Cinematography by Harold E. Stine.  Produced by Irwin Allen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by William J. Creber.  Costume Design by Paul Zastupnevich.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy…

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