Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Alternate title:  The Light Fantastic USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Brooks Flippen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by William H. Wright.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by George Boemler. Big time New York theatrical agent Larry Parks meets the owner of  a…

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Battleground (1949)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   This one’s uncomfortable blend of gritty realism and jokey contrivances keep it from having aged flawlessly but its darker elements…

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Words And Music (1948)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Guy Bolton, Jean Holloway, Adaptation by Ben Feiner Jr.,  Screenplay by Fred F. Finklehoffe.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, Ferris…

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The Big Store (1941)

CHARLES REISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original story by Nat Perrin, Screenplay by Sid Kuller, Hal Fimberg, Ray Golden.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Louis K. Sidney.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof, George Bassman, Lennie Hayton, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig. One of the least memorable Marx Brothers…

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Hello, Dolly! (1969)

GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1969.  Chenault Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the stage musical by Michael Stewart, from The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, adapted from Einen Jux will er Sich Machen by Johann Nestroy.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Ernest Lehman.    Music by Lennie Hayton, Lionel Newman. …

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The Pirate (1948)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, based on the play by S.N. Behrman.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Tom Keogh.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.   A perfect example of how Vincente…

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The Harvey Girls (1946)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original Story by Eleanore Griffin, William Rankin, Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Nathaniel Curtis, Harry Crane, James O’Hanlon, Samson Raphaelson, additional dialogue by Kay Van Riper, based on the novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by…

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Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. The classic musical that has never aged a day. Gene Kelly plays a movie star during a…

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The Hucksters (1947)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Luther Davis, adaptation by Edward Chodorov, George Wells, based on the novel by Frederic Wakeman.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.   Clark Gable looks tired in this humdrum melodrama, which marks…

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Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

LEMUEL AYERS, ROY DEL RUTH, ROBERT LEWIS, VINCENTE MINNELLI, GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by David Freedman, Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Charles Rosher.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Roger Edens, Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film…

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The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Judy Garland’s physical inability to fulfill her commitment to this film robbed movie audiences of another teaming between her…

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