Footlight Parade (1933)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Manuel Seff, James Seymour.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Robert Lord.  Music by Al Dubin, Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Harry Warren, Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy….

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Flirtation Walk (1934)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  First National Pictures.  Story by Delmer Daves, Louis F. Edelman, Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Sol Polito.  Produced by Frank Borzage.  Music by Heinz Roemhold.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  Silly but…

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I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1932.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard J. Green, Brown Holmes, based on the story by Robert E. Burns.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  A mere two years after The Big House and the movies have…

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The Spiral Staircase (1945)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures, Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Mel Dinelli, based on the novel Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad, Harry Marker.   Much…

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Out Of The Past (1947)

JACQUES TOURNEUR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring, based on his novel Build My Gallows High.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Warren Duff.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Samuel E. Beetley.   Stellar film noir features a terrific lead performance by…

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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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Female (1933)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  First National Pictures.  Screenplay by Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola, suggested by a story by Donald Henderson Clarke.   Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Robert Presnell Sr..  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Jack Killifer.   Ruth Chatteron plays the head of a giant…

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Liberty Films.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, additional scenes by Jo Swerling, from a story by Philip Van Doren Stern.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc, Joseph Walker, Victor Milner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Jack Okey, William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by…

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42nd Street (1933)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Rian James, James Seymour, based on the novel by Bradford Ropes.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Al Dubin, Harry Warren, Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Pratt, Frank Ware. The genre of backstage musicals…

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