The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.   … More The Great Caruso (1951)

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The Opposite Sex

BBB (out of 5) Watered down remake of The Women that tries to capture the success of How To Marry A Millionaire by ruining the fun and having men actually appear on screen. June Allyson  is the sweet-natured and devoted wife to a theatre producer who is devastated when she learns from a gossipy manicurist that her husband (Leslie … More The Opposite Sex

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A Date With Judy (1948)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Dorothy Kingsley, based on characters created by Aleen Leslie.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   Teenaged Jane Powell is a very popular girl … More A Date With Judy (1948)

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The Unfinished Dance

BBBB (out of 5) Decades before Black Swan indulged a hyper-surreal investigation of female egos clashing in the world of ballet, and a year before a woman would be torn destructively between love and dance in The Red Shoes, Henry Koster made this fascinating melodrama starring Margaret O’Brien and Cyd Charisse.  O’Brien plays a little girl who … More The Unfinished Dance

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Easy To Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Weak Esther Williams vehicle that, as with so many her films, is just a series of excuses to get her into a bathing suit. She plays the star attraction at Cypress Gardens in Florida who is constantly bickering with her money-minded manager (Van Johnson) about her career. After he takes her … More Easy To Love

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