The Devil is Driving (1932)

BENJAMIN STOLOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Louis Weitzenkorn, adaptation by P.J. Wolfson, Allen Rivkin, from an original story by Frank Mitchell Dazey. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. Produced by Charles R. Rogers. Exciting crime drama that begins when Edmund Lowe pays a visit to his mechanic brother-in-law James…

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Ministry Of Fear (1944)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Seton I. Miller.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Fritz Lang’s powerful visual style has not abated by the time he makes…

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Duck Soup (1933)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Wiard Ihnen.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone. This is definitely one of the most popular, beloved comedies starring the Marx…

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Six Of A Kind (1934)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Keene Thompson, Douglas MacLean, Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Harry Ruskin.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Emanuel Cohen.  Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Odell.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone. Charles Ruggles and Mary Boland, paired so well in Leo McCarey’s Ruggles…

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A Face In The Crowd (1957)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 USA, 1957.  Newtown Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher, Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Tom Glazer.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert, Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford. A media-saturated America is anticipated by this excellent Elia Kazan film made…

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The Crowd (1928)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1928.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by King Vidor, John V.A. Weaver, titles by Joseph Farnham.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn. James Murray is terrific as John Sims, an American born on the fourth of July to…

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