The Oscar (1966)

RUSSELL ROUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 1966. Greene-Rouse Productions. Screenplay by Harlan Ellison, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, based on the novel by Richard Sale. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Produced by Clarence Greene. Music by Percy Faith. Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Chester…

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The Prisoner Of Zenda (1952)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1952. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by John L. Balderston, Noel Langley, adaptation by Wells Root, dramatization by Edward E. Rose, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the novel by Anthony Hope. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Produced by Pandro S. Berman. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design…

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Mrs. Parkington (1944)

TAY GARNETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1944. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Robert Thoeren, Polly James, based on the novel by Louis Bromfield. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Produced by Leon Gordon. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Valles. Film Editing by George Boemler. Greer Garson and…

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Random Harvest (1942)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Claudine West, George Froeschel, Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   This…

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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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Julia Misbehaves (1948)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, Harry Ruskin, Arthur Wimperis, adaptation by Gina Kaus, Monckton Hoffe, based on a novel by Margery Sharp.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   Positively delightful,…

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Interrupted Melody (1955)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, Sonya Levien, based on the life story by Marjorie Lawrence.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Paul Vogel.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   Marjorie Lawrence (Eleanor Parker)…

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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.   Mario Lanza plays (what else) a famous opera singer whose…

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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the autobiography of Rocky Graziano with Rowland Barber.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Charles Schnee.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Scintillating biography of Rocky Graziano, a prizefighter who grow up in the rough neighbourhoods of New York…

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A Day At The Races (1937)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, George Oppenheimer.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten, Sam Wood.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Frank E. Hull.    Reviews of this film always…

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The Swan (1956)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Dighton, based on the play A Hattyu by Ferenc Molnar.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning. This mediocre period film is mainly remembered for being Grace…

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Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Richard Connell, Gladys Lehman, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Don’t be prepared to settle in for a cozy old movie when you watch this…

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