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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Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1937. Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of…

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Pot O’Gold (1941)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  James Roosevelt Productions.  Story by Andrew Bennison, Monte Brice, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, based on the idea originally conceived by Haydn Roth Evans, Robert Brilmayer.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by George Marshall, James Roosevelt.  Music by Louis Forbes.  Production Design by Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Taylor.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler. …

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June Bride (1948)

BRETAIGNE WINDUST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1948.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall, based on the play Feature For June by Eileen Tighe, Graeme Lorimer.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   Low-point in Bette Davis‘s career, the box-office results of this film…

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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, based on the musical comedy by George M. Cohan.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, Roger Edens, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Ridiculously boring yarn has lovely lass Judy Garland give…

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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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The Trigger Effect

DAVID KOEPP Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Los Angeles succumbs to a complete power blackout and soon the city is plunged in disorder and crime. Many suburban residents keep themselves locked away at home, protecting themselves with personal weapons, while outside the world is going mad with stores being looted and traffic going amok….

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Ruggles Of Red Gap (1935)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Harlan Thompson, adaptation by Humphrey Pearson, based on the novel by Harry Leon Wilson.  Cinematography by Alfred Gilks.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Edward Dmytryk.  Academy Awards 1935. Leo…

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Anchors Aweigh (1945)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew’s.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, suggested by a story by Natalie Marcin.  Cinematography by Charles P. Boyle, Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Calvin Jackson, George Stoll.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  Academy Awards 1945.   Lightweight musical that isn’t as…

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Lucky Me

BB (out of 5) Painful clunker that’s only as bearable as it is because of the cast. Doris Day, Phil Silvers, Nancy Walker and Eddie Foy Jr. are vaudevillians trapped in Miami without a dime to their name. They end up working at a posh hotel to bring in some dough and, luckily, find themselves in…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.  Academy Awards 1941. The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand…

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At The Circus (1939)

EDWARD BUZZELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Irving Brecher.  Cinematography by Leonard Smith.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree, Valles.  Film Editing by William H. Terhune. Lesser effort from the Marx Brothers, who had officially run out of steam by this point. Kenny Baker…

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