The Flame Of New Orleans (1941)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1941.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Rene Clair, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.  Academy Awards 1941. Fishermen casting their nets in the Mississippi…

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Thousands Cheer (1943)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Jarrico, Richard Collins, based on their story Private Miss Jones.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by George Boemler. Academy Awards 1943. All-star…

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Rich, Young And Pretty (1951)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Dorothy Cooper, Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan. Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951. Fluff…

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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…

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The Opposite Sex (1956)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, based on the play The Women by Clare Boothe Luce.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..  Golden Globe Awards 1956.  …

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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…

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Because You’re Mine (1952)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, Leonard Spigelgass, based on the short film by Ruth Brooks Flippen, Sy Gomberg.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by William Ferrari, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.  Academy Awards 1952. Mario Lanza plays (what else) a famous opera…

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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Myles Connolly, based on the story La Morte Du Cygne by Paul Morand.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Douglass Biggs. Decades before Black Swan indulged a hyper-surreal investigation of female…

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Please Don’t Eat The Daisies (1960)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Euterpe.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on the book by Jean Kerr.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   Doris Day plays housewife to university professor David Niven, who has just graduated…

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Easy To Love (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Laszlo Vadnay, Screenplay by Laszlo Vadnay, William Roberts.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   Weak Esther Williams vehicle that, as with so many her films, is…

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Summer Stock (1950)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Sy Gomberg,  Screenplay by George Wells, Sy Gomberg.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   The last film that Judy Garland completed before her contract was torn up by MGM…

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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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