The Last Of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

RICHARD BOLESLAWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1937. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Leon Gordon, Samson Raphaelson, Monckton Hoffe, from the play by Frederick Lonsdale. Cinematography by George J. Folsey. Produced by Lawrence Weingarten. Music by William Axt. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. Joan Crawford plays…

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One Night Of Love (1934)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by S.K. Lauren,James Gow, Edmund H. North, based on the story Don’t Fall In Love by Dorothy Speare,  Charles Beahan.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Music by Gus Kahn, Victor Schertzinger.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1934….

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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1936.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Hugh Walpole, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Sturges Carne.  Costume Design by Sophie Wachner.  Film Editing by Hal C. Kern. Adorable adaptation of the popular novel by Frances Hodgson…

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The Good Earth

BBB (out of 5) An important epic of the thirties that has not aged well for many reasons, the biggest of them likely to be the fact that it is a cast of mostly white actors in yellowface, with real Asians populating the background. Paul Muni, who is ridiculous, and Luise Rainer, who is surprisingly…

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Captain Blood (1935)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros., Cosmopolitan Productions.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the play by Rafael Sabatini. Cinematography by Ernest Haller, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown, Gordon Hollingshead.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Academy Awards 1935. Marvelous adventure…

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David Copperfield (1935)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. Alternate title:  The Personal History, Adventures, Experience & Observation Of David Copperfield USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Hugh Walpole, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly…

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Camille (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, Frances Marion, James Hilton, from the play and novel by Alexandre Dumas fils.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Karl Freund.  Produced by Bernard H. Hyman, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.  Academy Awards 1937. Greta Garbo is excellent in…

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After The Thin Man (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1936. Worthy sequel to The Thin Man has…

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San Francisco (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, based on the story by Robert E. Hopkins.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Tom Held.  Academy Awards 1936. Hilariously campy drama that couldn’t possibly…

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The Bank Dick (1940)

EDWARD F. CLINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by W.C. Fields.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Cliff Work.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  The incomparable W.C. Fields presents some of the funniest jokes ever assembled in one movie. As star and…

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Les Miserables (1935)

BBB (out of 5) Stodgy, lifeless adaptation of Victor Hugo’s definitive novel was probably much more challenging in its day but seems shallow now. Fredric March is very dramatic as iconic hero Jean Valjean, who is sent to the galley for ten years in pre-revolutionary France for stealing a loaf of bread and ends up paying…

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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939. Pre-revolutionary Americans Henry Fonda and…

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