An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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Smilin’ Through (1932)

SIDNEY FRANKLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Claudine West, dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, James B. Fagan, based on the play by Jane Cowl, Jane Murfin.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Albert Lewin.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film…

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Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1940.  Academy Productions.  Story by Mildred Cram, Adele Comandini, Screenplay by Adele Comandini.  Cinematography by Lester White.  Produced by Lee Garmes.  Music by Frank Tours.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Edwina.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig.   Three industrialists are working on Christmas Eve until the most chipper of the bunch…

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Disraeli (1929)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1929.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julien Josephson, based on the play by Louis N. Parker and the titles by De Leon Anthony.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Music by David Mendoza.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   George Arliss earned an Academy Award for Best Actor as the…

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Nightmare Alley (1947)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1947.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by George Jessel.  Music by  Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin.  Film Editing by  Barbara McLean.   Tyrone Power plays the member of a…

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Since You Went Away (1944)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Vanguard Films, Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by David O. Selznick, adaptation by Margaret Buell Wilder, based on her book.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, Lee Garmes.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by William L. Pereira.  Costume Design by Elmer Ellsworth.  Film Editing by John Faure, Arthur Fellows, Marsh…

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Detective Story (1951)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by William Wyler.  Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   A New York police headquarters is the nexus of intense activity in…

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Caught (1949)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Enterprise Productions.  Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, based on the novel Wild Calendar by Libbie Block.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Wolfgang Reinhardt.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Frank Paul Sylos.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish. Barbara Bel Geddes graduates from car-hop to salesgirl model after a rigorous…

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1947.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Ken Englund, Everett Freeman, from a story by James Thurber.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson, George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Monica Collingwood.   A thoroughly delightful experience. Walter Mitty (Danny Kaye in…

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Scarface (1932)

HOWARD HAWKS, RICHARD ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1932.  The Caddo Company.  Screen story by Ben Hecht, Continuity and dialogue by by Seton I. Miller, John Lee Mahin, W.R. Burnett, based on the novel by Armitage Trail.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, L. William O’Connell.  Produced by Howard Hawks, Howard Hughes.  Music by Adolph Tandler.  Production Design by Harry Oliver.  Film Editing by Edward…

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Land Of The Pharaohs (1955)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Continental Company.  Screenplay by William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, Harold Jack Bloom.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, Russell Harlan.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Mayo.  Film Editing by Vladimir Sagovsky.   The ruler of Egypt (Jack Hawkins) longs to build a monument to his…

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Jungle Book (1942)

ZOLTAN KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Alexander Korda Films.  Adaptation by Laurence Stallings, based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, W. Howard Greene.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Eugene Joseff.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Rudyard Kipling’s most popular story, frequently adapted to film, has…

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