Our Modern Maidens (1929)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1929. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story and continuity by Josephine Lovett, titles by Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Jack Conway, Hunt Stromberg. Music by Arthur Lange. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Sam Zimbalist. The success of…

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Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

HARRY BEAUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1928. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story and scenario by Josephine Lovett, titles by Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings. Cinematography by George Barnes. Produced by Hunt Stromberg. Music by William Axt. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by David Cox. Film Editing by William Hamilton. Academy Awards 1928/1929. The film…

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Lady of Burlesque (1943)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Hunt Stromberg Productions.   Screenplay by James Gunn, based on the novel the G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.   Produced by Hunt Stromberg.   Music by Arthur Lange.  Production Design by Joseph B. Platt.  Costume Design by Natalie Visart.   Film Editing…

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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 appearance…

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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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Night Must Fall (1937)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Van Druten, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1937.   Faithful to the original stageplay by Emlyn Williams, this entire film takes place…

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The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Anthony McGuire.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Karl Freund, Merritt B. Gerstad, Ray June, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Arthur Lange. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by William S. Gray.  Academy Awards 1936.   Lord only know what moviegoers of…

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Pride And Prejudice (1940)

BBBBB (out of 5) Devastatingly good adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, a surprise considering how very condensed the story is from its original source. Greer Garson makes a wonderful Elizabeth in this tale of complicated love and parlour mayhem, who at first interests the attention of stone-faced Mark Darcy (Laurence Olivier at his most dashing) but rejects…

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Too Late For Tears (1949)

BYRON HASKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1949.  Hunt Stromberg Productions, Republic Pictures, Streamline Pictures.  Screenplay by Roy Huggins, based on his serial.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by R. Dale Butts.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Harry Keller.   Randomly driving home from a dinner party that they’ve…

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Susan And God (1940)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Anita Loos, based on the play by Rachel Crothers.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by William H. Terhune. It was around the time that Joan Crawford was labeled “box office poison”…

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The Women (1939)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, Jane Murfin, based on the play by Clare Booth Luce.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh, Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by David Snell, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   What happens when you take the men…

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Another Thin Man (1939)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the original story by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith.   Delightful entry in the series, this…

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