Every Day’s A Holiday (1937)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1937. Emanuel Cohen Productions. Screenplay by Mae West. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by Emanuel Cohen. Music by Leo Shuken. Production Design by Wiard Ihnen. Costume Design by Schiaparelli. Film Editing by Ray Curtiss. Academy Awards 1937. Mae West‘s last film before finishing her contract…

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The Battle of The Sexes (1928)

D.W. GRIFFITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1928.  Feature Productions, Art Cinema Corporation. Screenplay by Gerrit J. Lloyd, from a story by Daniel Carson Goodman.  Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer, Karl Struss.   Produced by D.W. Griffith.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld. Production Design by Park French, William Cameron Menzies.  Film Editing by James Smith. Watching the oldest story…

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Coquette (1929)

SAM TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1929.  Pickford Corporation.  Adaptation by John Grey, Allen McNeil, Dialogue by Sam Taylor, based on the stage production by George Abbott, Ann Preston Bridgers.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Mary Pickford, Sam Taylor.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Howard Greer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1928/1929.   Ridiculous drama…

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Sunrise

F.W. MURNAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Alternate title:  Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans USA, 1927.  Fox Film Corporation.  Scenario by Carl Mayer, from an original theme by Hermann Sudermann, Titles by Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Karl Struss.  Produced by William Fox. Music by R.H. Bassett, Carli Elinor, Erno Rapee, Hugo Riesenfeld, Willy…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Adolph Zukor.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.  Academy Awards 1931/32. Moody, gothic interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ever-popular novel is a…

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Island Of Lost Souls (1932)

ERLE C. KENTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Philip Wylie, based on a novel by H.G. Wells.      Cinematography by Karl Struss.    Production Design by Hans Dreier.    Made around the time that exotic horror adventures were extremely popular (The Most Dangerous Game, King Kong), this one features a…

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Go West, Young Man (1936)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1936.  Emanuel Cohen Productions.  Screenplay by Mae West, based on the play by Lawrence Riley.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Emanuel Cohen.  Music by George Stoll, Herbert Taylor.  Production Design by Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Irene Jones.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss.   Mae West is in…

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Goin’ To Town (1935)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Emanuel Cohen Productions.  Story by Marion Morgan, George B. Dowell, Screenplay by Mae West.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by John Leipold, Stephan Pasternacki, Tom Satterfield.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone.   “What excuse does a gal like…

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Belle Of The Nineties (1934)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Mae West, based on her story It Ain’t No Sin.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Howard Jackson, John Leipold, Tom Satterfield.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone.   Mae West writes herself another fantastic vehicle in this…

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The Sign Of The Cross (1932)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Waldemar Young, Sidney Buchman, from the play by Wilson Barrett, and the novel Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Jay Chernis, Rudolph G. Kopp, Paul Marquardt, Milan Roder.  Production Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Costume Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Film…

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Limelight (1952)

CHARLES CHAPLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Celebrated Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Charles Chaplin.  Music by Charles Chaplin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Riley Thorne.  Film Editing by Joe Inge.  Academy Awards 1972. This Charles Chaplin film is an Oscar oddity, for having won an Academy Award (for the beautiful score, composed…

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The Great Dictator (1940)

CHARLES CHAPLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Charles Chaplin Productions, One Production Company.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by Roland Totheroh, Karl Struss.  Produced by Charles Chaplin.  Music by Charles Chaplin, Meredith Willson.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer.  Costume Design by Ted Tetrick.  Film Editing by Willard Nico.  Academy Awards 1940. People who walk around saying that the Holocaust happened because…

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