You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

WILLIAM A. SEITER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1942.  Columbia Pictures.   Story by Carlos A. Olivari, Sixto Pondal Rios, Screenplay by Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano, Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.   Music by Leigh Harline.   Production Design by Lionel Banks.   Costume Design by Irene.   Film Editing by…

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The More The Merrier (1943)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1943.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Screenplay by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1943. Hollywood writers working after the Hayes code came into…

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Cover Girl (1944)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Erwin S. Gelsey, Adaptation by Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Arthur Schwartz.  Music by Jerome Kern.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Muriel King, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Academy…

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Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story Plane From Barranca by Howard Hawks. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1939.   This exquisite drama has…

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His Girl Friday (1940)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Sidney Cutner, Felix Mills.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.   Howard Hawks remakes The Front Page with…

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller, based on the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Academy Awards 1941.   In this adorable fantasy, a…

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Before I Hang

BB.5 (out of 5) Diverting B picture that shows Boris Karloff getting the rare opportunity to display his poetic voice and intelligent speech. Not playing the usual monosyllabic monsters in his Mummy movies or other creature features, Karloff here appears as an aged medical researcher who is being condemned to death in a court of law for…

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The Awful Truth (1937)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Vina Delmar, based on a play by Arthur Richman. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Morris Stoloff.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Al Clark.  Academy Awards 1937.   Comedy masterpiece by Leo McCarey that is probably his…

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The Talk Of The Town (1942)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Irwin Shaw, Sidney Buchman, adaptation by Dale Van Every, based on the story by Sidney Harmon.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1942.   A falsely accused criminal (Cary Grant)…

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Penny Serenade (1941)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1941.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Martha Cheavens, Screenplay by Morrie Ryskind.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1941. Endless weepy about a couple (Cary Grant, Irene Dunne) who lose their infant and decide instead to adopt. The many…

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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Lewis R. Foster, Screenplay by Sidney Buchman.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  ostume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Al Clark, Gene Havlick.  Academy Awards 1939. Frank Capra feel-good Americana about a pure-hearted boy-scout leader…

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You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1941.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano.  Cinematography by Philip Tannura.  Produced by Samuel Bischoff.  Music by Morris Stoloff.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Irene, Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1941.   Lovable Fred Astaire musical has him team up with breathtaking Rita Hayworth after he has wooed her…

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