Every Day’s A Holiday (1937)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1937. Emanuel Cohen Productions. Screenplay by Mae West. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by Emanuel Cohen. Music by Leo Shuken. Production Design by Wiard Ihnen. Costume Design by Schiaparelli. Film Editing by Ray Curtiss. Mae West‘s last film before finishing her contract with Paramount is…

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Bad Girl (1931)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Edwin J. Burke, based on the novel by Vina Delmar and the play by Brian Marlow.  Cinematography by Chester A. Lyons.  Production Design by William S. Darling.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Margaret Clancey. Sally Eilers and…

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Here Comes The Groom (1951)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Liam O’Brien, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp, Liam O’Brien, Myles Connolly, based on the story and treatment “You Belong To Me” by Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by A….

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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Valentine Davies, Oscar Brodney.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   The trombonist bandleader who…

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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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Holiday Inn (1942)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Irving Berlin, Adaptation by Elmer Rice, Screenplay by Claude Binyon.  Cinematography by David Abel.  Produced by Mark Sandrich.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.  Academy Awards 1942. This was the film that the hit song “White…

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True Confession (1937)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Claude Binyon, based on the play Mon Crime by Louis Verneuil, Georges Berr.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Albert Lewin.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Highly imaginative fiction writer Carole Lombard (in one of her…

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Born To Be Bad (1950)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1950.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Edith R. Sommer, additional dialogue by Robert Soderberg, George Oppenheimer, adaptation by Charles Schnee, based on the novel All Kneeling by Anne Parrish.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Robert Sparks.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Hattie Carnegie,…

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Here Comes Cookie (1935)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  The Plot Thickens USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Don Hartman, Sam Mintz, Screenplay by Don Hartman.  Cinematography by Gilbert Warrenton.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Odell.  Film Editing by Richard C. Currier.   Your grandparents’ favourite comedy team in one of their cutest…

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Second Fiddle (1939)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by George Bradshaw, Screenplay by Harry Tugend.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Gene Markey.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, David Raksin.  Production Design by Richard Day, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939.   Adorable musical featuring Sonja Henie as a small town…

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It Started With Eve (1941)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, Leo Townsend, based on an original story by Hanns Kraly.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.  Academy Awards 1942. Another adorable comedy of errors starring Deanna Durbin.  This…

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The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer

BBB (out of 5) Witty but dated romantic comedy featuring a grown-up Shirley Temple as a lovelorn teenager.  While her older sister Myrna Loy flouts tradition by remaining single and working as a judge, Temple ignores her high school boyfriend when she meets wayward bachelor Cary Grant and becomes obsessed with him.  It gets complicated when he…

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