Thousands Cheer (1943)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Jarrico, Richard Collins, based on their story Private Miss Jones.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by George Boemler. Academy Awards 1943. All-star…

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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.  Academy…

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Viva Villa! (1934)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Mexico, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by the book by Edgecumb Pinchon, O.B. Stade.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Harry Oliver.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert…

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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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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city…

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The Human Comedy (1943)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by William Saroyan, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1943. William Saroyan’s script, which he was also set to direct, was deemed too long…

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The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Jan Lustig, George Froeschel, additional poetry by Robert Nathan, based on the poem by Alice Duer Miller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Clarence Brown, Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards…

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Blossoms In The Dust (1941)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Ralph Wheelwright, Screenplay by Anita Loos.  Cinematography by Karl Freund, W. Howard Greene.  Produced by Irving Asher, Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by George Boemler.  Academy Awards 1941. A Wisconsin girl is swept off her feet by a tall Texan who…

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Marie Antoinette (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, based in part on the book by Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1938. Married to the…

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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Myles Connolly, based on the story La Morte Du Cygne by Paul Morand.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Douglass Biggs. Decades before Black Swan indulged a hyper-surreal investigation of…

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The Merry Widow (1934)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson, based on the musical book and lyrics by Viktor Leon, Leo Stein, from the play L’Attache D’Ambassade by Henri Meilhac.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Franz Lehar, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, Carey Wilson, Margaret Booth, based on the book by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.  Academy Awards 1935.   Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a…

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