Murders In The Zoo (1933)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Philip Wylie, Seton I. Miller. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon. Music by Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold. The opening scene has one of the most shocking images of any movie made in the early thirties, the…

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Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon (1942)

ROY WILLIAM NEILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1942.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Edward T. Lowe Jr., Scott Darling, Edmund L. Hartmann, adaptation by Scott Darling, Edward T. Lowe Jr., based on the story The Dancing Men by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Lester White.  Produced by Howard Benedict.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film…

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To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Romaine Film Corporation.  Original Story by Melchior Lengyel, Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heyman.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Fantastic war comedy, most notable for being the very last…

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Captain Blood (1935)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Warner Bros., Cosmopolitan Productions.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the play by Rafael Sabatini. Cinematography by Ernest Haller, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown, Gordon Hollingshead.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Marvelous adventure film that…

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The Devil Is A Woman (1935)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Dos Passos, Sam Winston, David Hertz, Oran Schee, based on the novel La Femme et le Pantin by Pierre Louys.  Cinematography by Josef von Sternberg.  Produced by Josef von Sternberg.  Music by John Leipold, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Josef von Sternberg.  Costume Design…

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The Great Waltz (1938)

JULIEN DUVIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, Walter Reisch, from an original story by Gottfried Reinhardt.   Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Bernard H. Hyman.  Music by Artur Guttmann, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Tom Held.   Fictionalized biography of composer Johann Strauss that…

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Three Comrades (1938)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edward E. Paramore Jr., based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.   Adapted (liberally, I’m sure) from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque,…

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