The Enemy Below (1957)

DICK POWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by D.A. Rayner.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Dick Powell.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert Hogsett, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. …

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the book by Ted W. Lawson, Robert Considine.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. …

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Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Charles Hoffman, Adaptation by Walter Reisch, Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Frank E. Hull. War propaganda rarely works this hard at pleasing its entire audience, providing…

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Red Dust (1932)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the play by Wilson Collison.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg, Irving Thalberg.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Clark Gable runs a rubber plantation in southeast Asia, his daily grind interrupted by the…

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Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Alternate title:  The Light Fantastic USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Brooks Flippen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by William H. Wright.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by George Boemler. Big time New York theatrical agent Larry Parks meets the owner of  a…

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Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

JACK WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Mark VII Ltd..  Screenplay by Richard L. Breen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Jack Webb.  Music by David Buttolph, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Harper Goff.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Robert M. Leeds.   Jack Webb directs and stars in this atmospheric drama about the seedy side of nightclub life. He is…

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The Bad Seed (1956)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson, from the novel by William March. Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by John Beckman.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   Horrendously dated film feels like…

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Captains Courageous (1937)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, Dale Van Every, based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Louis D. Lighton.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Elmo Veron.  Rousing adventure based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling is one of…

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The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Maddow, John Huston, based on the novel by W.R. Burnett.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Genre-defining heist movie that is as memorable for…

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Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. The classic musical that has never aged a day. Gene Kelly plays a movie star during a…

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On The Town (1949)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden, from their musical play and an idea by Jerome Robbins.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   One of the most enjoyable of…

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The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, adaptation by Noel Langley, based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, William A. Horning, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by…

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