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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The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Frank Ross-Norma Krasna Inc..  Screenplay by Norman Krasna.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.. Produced by Frank Ross. Music by Roy Webb. Production Design by William Cameron Menzies. Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1941. Department stores as microcosms of capitalist…

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You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

WILLIAM A. SEITER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1942.  Columbia Pictures.   Story by Carlos A. Olivari, Sixto Pondal Rios, Screenplay by Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano, Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.   Music by Leigh Harline.   Production Design by Lionel Banks.   Costume Design by Irene.   Film Editing by…

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Midnight Lace (1960)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1960.  Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, based on the play Matilda Shouted Fire by Janet Green.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing…

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Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

EDWARD BUZZELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, additional dialogue by Ray Singer, Dick Chevillat.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Leo Arnaud, George Stoll.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Cotton Warburton.  Academy Awards…

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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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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1963.   You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends…

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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 and…

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Julia Misbehaves (1948)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, Harry Ruskin, Arthur Wimperis, adaptation by Gina Kaus, Monckton Hoffe, based on a novel by Margery Sharp.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   Positively delightful, this…

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Courage Of Lassie (1946)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lionel Houser.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Robert Sisk.  Music by Scott Bradley, Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Youngblood.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   The beloved canine hero gets top billing above the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Morgan in this charming…

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The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Robert Riskin, Harry Kurnitz, Screenplay by Robert Riskin, Dwight Taylor, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Karl Freund.  Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters Weakest of the series, but…

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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. Excellent Preston Sturges comedy about a runaway bride (Claudette Colbert) without a dime to her name who stows away…

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