Tin Pan Alley (1940)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, based on a story by Pamela Harris.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Travis Banton. …

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The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Ken Englund, based on a story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, adapted by Howard Lindsey, Russel Crouse.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Harlan Thompson.  Music by Gordon Jenkins, John Leipold, George Parrish, Victor Young.  Production Design by…

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.  Academy Awards 1941. Wonderful Oscar-winner undeservedly beat Citizen Kane for…

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Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Ernest Pascal, Julien Josephson, based on the story by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by William S. Darling, David S. Hall.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1937.   Shirley Temple…

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The Prince And The Pauper

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable adventure features a remarkable sense of time and place, the kind of period film that Warner Bros. excelled at in the late thirties and forties. Not as compelling as The Sea Hawk or The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex but just as opulent, the story is set in 16th-century…

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy Awards 1940. The ultimate romantic comedy has to be this high-society love…

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