Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Charles Hoffman, Adaptation by Walter Reisch, Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Frank E. Hull. War propaganda rarely works this hard at pleasing its entire audience, providing…

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Mr. Imperium (1951)

DON HARTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Alternate title:  You Belong To My Heart USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Edwin H. Knopf, Don Hartman, based on the play by Edwin H. Knopf. Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William B….

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Imitation Of Life (1959)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor Griffin, Allan Scott, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   The subliminal messages in this…

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Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

GEORGE B. SEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol, from the stories by Vivien R. Bretherton.  Cinematography by Lester White.  Produced by Lou L. Ostrow, Carey Wilson.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Jeanne Beakhurst.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.   Plucky young Andy Hardy is back…

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Peyton Place (1957)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by Grace Metalious.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, James B. Clark.  Academy…

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Madame X (1966)

DAVID LOWELL RICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1966.  Universal Pictures, Ross Hunter Productions, Eltee.  Screenplay by Jean Holloway, based on the play by Alexandre Bisson. Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, George C. Webb.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   The classic tearjerker that has…

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Portrait In Black (1960)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Ross Hunter Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, based on their play.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Campy Ross Hunter soap opera, one of those melodramas where housewives put…

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Topper (1937)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Hal Roach Studios.  Screenplay by Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran, based on the novel by Thorne Smith.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Hal Roach.  Music by Marvin Hatley.  Production Design by Arthur I. Royce.  Costume Design by Samuel Lange.  Film Editing by William H. Terhune.  Academy Awards 1937.   The delightful comedy that inspired…

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The Bad And The Beautiful (1952)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by George Bradshaw, Screenplay by Charles Schnee.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. The soap opera-style plot of this…

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

BBBB (out of 5) One of the best remembered of the crime novels by James M. Cain adapted for the screen, mostly notable for the sexy entrance by newly christened va-va-voom sex symbol Lana Turner.  John Garfield plays a war veteran who takes a job at an off-the-beaten-path service station working for an older gentleman (Cecil…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the 1931 screenplay by Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein, from the novel The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Victor Fleming.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by…

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That’s Entertainment Part II

BBB.5 (out of 5) More greatest-hit clips from MGM’s vault, with the novelty wearing slightly thin but the material still entertaining. Hollywood veterans Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire take you on a continuing tour of the golden age of MGM movies, with song and dance numbers from films starring Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, etc. In…

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