Murders In The Zoo (1933)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Philip Wylie, Seton I. Miller. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. The opening scene has one of the most shocking images of any movie made in the early thirties, the…

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Klondike Annie (1936)

RAOUL WALSH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1936. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Mae West, based on her play Frisco Kate and a story by Marion Morgan, George B. Dowell. Cinematography by George T. Clemens. Produced by William LeBaron. Music by John Leipold, Tom Satterfield, Victor Young. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Bernard Herzbrun….

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The Prince And The Pauper (1937)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Laird Doyle, based on the play by Catherine Chisholm Cushing, from the novel by Mark Twain.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Adorable…

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The Sign Of The Cross (1932)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Sidney Buchman, from the play by Wilson Barrett, and the novel Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Jay Chernis, Rudolph G. Kopp, Paul Marquardt, Milan Roder.  Production Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Costume Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Film…

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Cleopatra (1934)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence, based on the adaptation of historical material by Bartlett Cormack.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Rudolph G. Kopp.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Vicky Williams.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens.  Academy Awards 1934. Not…

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David Copperfield (1935)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. Alternate title:  The Personal History, Adventures, Experience & Observation Of David Copperfield USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Hugh Walpole, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly…

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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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Anna Karenina (1935)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Clemence Dane, Salka Viertel, dialogue adaptation by S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Strongest film version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic…

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Little Women (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Kitchin.  Considered by some to be…

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Follow The Fleet (1936)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1936.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott, based on the play Shore Leave by Hubert Osborne.   Cinematography by David Abel.   Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by Henry Berman.   One of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire‘s…

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