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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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.  Academy Awards 1934. James Cagney plays a construction worker who gets into a…

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack…

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Something To Sing About (1937)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1937.  Zion Meyers Productions.  Story by Victor Schertzinger, Screenplay by Austin Parker.  Cinematography by John Stumar.  Produced by Zion Myers, Victor Schertzinger.  Music by Myrl Alderman.  Production Design by Robert E. Lee, Paul Murphy.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1937.   James Cagney was recruited to help push Grand National Pictures into the big leagues with the…

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One, Two, Three (1961)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play Egy, Ketto, Harom by Ferenc Molnar. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1961.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Public Enemy (1931)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, screen adaptation by Harvey F. Thew.  Cinematography by Devereaux Jennings.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward M. McDermott.  Exciting, stylish film by William A. Wellman, and much of whose camerawork and shocking images…

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White Heat (1949)

RAOUL WALSH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1949.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, suggested by a story by Virginia Kellogg.  Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1949 One of James Cagney‘s absolute finest moments, and one of the…

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Love Me Or Leave Me (1955)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Daniel Fuchs, Screenplay by Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1955. Fictionalized biography of singer Ruth Etting makes for a very dark musical (for its…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, Carey Wilson, Margaret Booth, based on the book by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.  Academy Awards 1935.   Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a…

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Ragtime

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   This Milos Forman film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel will be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the recent Broadway musical version (this one’s not a musical). It stars an ensemble cast whose interactions take place in turn-of-the-century America when the country was going through a…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)

WILLIAM DIETERLE, MAX REINHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Charles Kenyon, Mary C. McCall Jr, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Max Ree.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1935.   A cavalcade of Warner…

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The West Point Story (1950)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Alternate title:  Fine and Dandy USA, 1950.  Warner Bros..  Story by Irving Wallace, Screenplay by John Monks Jr., Charles Hoffman, Irving Wallace.  Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Charles H. Clarke.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards…

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