Ladies’ Man (1931)

LOTHAR MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Music by Karl Hajos, Herman Hand, John Leipold. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Sophistication is the word of the day in this pre-code melodrama, in which William…

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The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1942.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Original Story by Paul Gallico, Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Herman J. Mankiewicz, prologue by Damon Runyon.   Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing…

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The Last Command (1928)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1928.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Lajos Biro, Josef von Sternberg, titles by Herman J. Mankiewicz,written by John F. Goodrich.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor.  Music by Robert Israel.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.   An aging movie extra…

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Citizen Kane (1941)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  RKO Radio Pictures, Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.   A fictionalized account of the rise to power of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst,…

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Monkey Business (1931)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone, additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman.  Cinematography by Arthur L. Todd.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger.  Production Design by Harry Caplan.   Another hilarious Marx Brothers film, this one bearing the distinction of being the first to…

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Horse Feathers (1932)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Harry Caplan.   The irrepressible Marx Brothers please once again in this divine campus comedy. Groucho is the newly appointed head of…

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Man Of The World (1931)

RICHARD WALLACE, EDWARD GOODMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Story and screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Music by Herman Hand. Costume Design by Eugene Joseff.   A once-respected American newspaper magnate (William Powell) lives in Paris years after a fall from grace reduces him to a classy blackmailer of rich…

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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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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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