The Blot (1921)

LOIS WEBER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1921. Lois Weber Productions. Story by Lois Weber, Scenario by Marion Orth. Cinematography by Philip R. Du Bois, Gordon Jennings. Produced by Lois Weber. The blot in question is society’s determining that a prestigious education is a high priority but paying educators a living wage is…

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Athena (1954)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1954. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by William Ludwig, Leonard Spigelgass. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by George Stoll. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose. Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero. A conventional love story about opposites…

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1937. Warner Bros.. Story by Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, based on Zola And His Time by Matthew Josephson.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner. Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by…

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Rhapsody (1954)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, adaptation by Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz, based on the novel by Henry Handel Richardson.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck, Harry Jackson.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Johnny Green, Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by…

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Executive Suite (1954)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   The president of a furniture-making corporation drops dead of a heart attack on the streets…

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High Society (1956)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sol C. Siegel Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick, based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Cole Porter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Delightful musical version of The Philadelphia…

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Arch Of Triumph (1948)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1948.  Enterprise Productions, Arch of Triumph Inc..  Screenplay by Lewis Milestone, Harry Brown, based on the novel serialized in Collins Magazine by Erich Maria Remarque.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by David Lewis.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Marion Herwood Keyes.  Film Editing by Duncan Mansfield.  …

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Night After Night (1932)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, continuity by Kathryn Scola, based on the story Single Night by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Walter Plunkett.   So-so comedy that is lifted out of its mediocrity by the appearance of a debuting Mae…

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Heaven Can Wait (1943)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Birthday by Leslie Bush-Fekete.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Alfred Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Leland Fuller.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   Not since Milton penned…

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Julius Caesar (1953)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   You wouldn’t think that Marlon Brando‘s mumbling Method acting would suit…

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We’re Not Married (1952)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, adaptation by Dwight Taylor, from a story by Gina Kaus, Jay Dratler.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Elois Jenssen.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  …

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Duck Soup (1933)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Wiard Ihnen.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone. This is definitely one of the most popular, beloved comedies starring the Marx…

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