The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1937. Warner Bros.. Story by Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, based on Zola And His Time by Matthew Josephson.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner. Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by…

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This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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Here Comes The Navy (1934)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1934.  Warner Bros..  Story by Ben Markson, Screenplay by Earl Baldwin, Ben Markson.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Esdras Hartley.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  James Cagney plays a construction worker who gets into a fight…

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Hollywood On Trial (1976)

DAVID HELPERN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by Arnie Reisman.  Cinematography by Barry Abrams.  Produced by James C. Gutman.  Film Editing by Frank Galvin.   The period of the Hollywood Blacklist is one of the ugliest eras of American political history, and certainly not something that, in retrospect, recommends the film industry as a moral force….

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Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Erwin S. Gelsey, James Seymour, Dialogue by David Boehm, Ben Markson, based on a play by Avery Hopwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Robert Lord, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Delightful piece of Depression-era…

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The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Jack Killifer.   Excellent comedy about a crotchety…

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1776 (1972)

PETER H. HUNT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1972.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Peter Stone, based on the play by Sherman Edwards, Peter Stone.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr..  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Sherman Edwards.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt.  Film Editing by Florence Williamson, William H. Ziegler.   The months leading up…

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Camelot (1967)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1967.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his play, from the book The Once And Future King by T.H. White.    Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Jack L. Warner.   Music by Frederick Loewe, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by John Truscott.  Costume Design by John Truscott.  Film Editing by Folmar…

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The Prince And The Pauper (1937)

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Laird Doyle, based on the play by Catherine Chisholm Cushing, from the novel by Mark Twain.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Adorable…

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The Story Of Louis Pasteur (1936)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Story and Screenplay by Sheridan Gibney, Pierre Collings.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   Immensely entertaining, though only erratically factual biopic of the man who introduced…

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The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Original story by Michael Jacoby, Screenplay by Michael Jacoby, Rowland Leigh, based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Harry M. Warner, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by…

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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Story by Robert Buckner, Screenplay by Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by George M. Cohan, Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.   James Cagney just can’t keep…

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