Klondike Annie (1936)

RAOUL WALSH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1936. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Mae West, based on her play Frisco Kate and a story by Marion Morgan, George B. Dowell. Cinematography by George T. Clemens. Produced by William LeBaron. Music by John Leipold, Tom Satterfield, Victor Young. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Bernard Herzbrun….

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Merrily We Go To Hell (1932)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on the story I, Jerry, Take Thee, Joan by Cleo Lucas. Cinematography by David Abel. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. Film Editing by Jane Loring. Pre-code sophistication of the finest order, a film often cited…

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The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Ken Englund, based on a story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, adapted by Howard Lindsey, Russel Crouse.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Harlan Thompson.  Music by Gordon Jenkins, John Leipold, George Parrish, Victor Young.  Production Design by…

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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

STUART WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers, based on a story by John Monk Saunders.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Bayard Veiller.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by James Smith. Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s…

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Breakfast In Hollywood (1946)

HAROLD D. SCHUSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  The Mad Hatter USA, 1946.  Golden Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Earl Baldwin.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Robert Golden.  Music by James Mayfield, John Leipold.  Production Design by William Flannery.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.   Promotional film that looks to tie in with the popular radio show of the same name, featuring…

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The Lady Eve (1941)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Monckton Hoffe, Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Phil Boutelje, Charles Bradshaw, Gil Grau, Sigmund Krumgold, John Leipold,Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.  Academy Awards 1941.  Podcast:  My Criterions. A simple-minded man, a…

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Christmas In July (1940)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on his play A Cup Of Coffee.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by John Leipold, Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Harriet Altland, Murray Foster, Joe Kaplan.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland. In this short, adorable…

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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

LOWELL SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Harvey F. Thew, John Bright, based on the play Diamond Lil by Mae West.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alexander Hall.  Academy Awards 1932/33. Mae West made a terrific splash into the world…

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I’m No Angel (1933)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Story, Screenplay and Dialogue by Mae West, with suggestions by Lowell Brentano.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by William LeBaron. Music by Herman Hand, Howard Jackson, Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering. Mae West…

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Monkey Business (1931)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone, additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman.  Cinematography by Arthur L. Todd.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger.  Production Design by Harry Caplan.   Another hilarious Marx Brothers film, this one bearing the distinction of being the first to…

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Horse Feathers (1932)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Harry Caplan.   The irrepressible Marx Brothers please once again in this divine campus comedy. Groucho is the newly appointed head of…

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The Love Parade (1929)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Guy Bolton, based on the play The Prince Consort by Leon Xanrof, Jules Chancel.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Music by W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Oscar Potoker, Max Terr.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Merrill…

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