The Last Of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

RICHARD BOLESLAWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1937. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Leon Gordon, Samson Raphaelson, Monckton Hoffe, from the play by Frederick Lonsdale. Cinematography by George J. Folsey. Produced by Lawrence Weingarten. Music by William Axt. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. Joan Crawford plays…

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The House of Rothschild (1934)

ALFRED L. WERKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  20th Century Pictures.   Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on a play by George Hembert Westley. Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Barbara McLean,…

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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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Arrowsmith (1931)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1931.  John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1931/1932. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures…

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The Last Of The Mohicans (1936)

GEORGE B. SEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1936.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, from an adaptation by John L. Balderston, Paul Perez, Daniel Moore, based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by John DuCasse Schulze. Costume Design by Franc Smith.  Film Editing by…

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Svengali (1931)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros., The Vitaphone Corporation.  Screenplay by J. Grubb Alexander, based on the novel Trilby by George L. Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Barney McGill.  Music by David Mendoza.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  Academy Awards 1930/1931. This curious little piece of cinematic history is…

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The Princess Comes Across (1936)

WILLIAM K. HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Don Hartman, Frank Butler, based on a story by Philip MacDonald, from the novel by Louis Lucien Rogger.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by…

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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.  Academy Awards 1953. You wouldn’t think that Marlon Brando‘s mumbling Method acting…

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Gunga Din (1939)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Screenplay by Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, inspired by the poem by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Henry Berman, John Lockert.  Academy Awards 1939.   It’s fun…

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Young Bess (1953)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jan Lustig, Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by Margaret Irwin.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1953.   The earlier life of Queen Elizabeth I is explored…

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the 1931 screenplay by Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein, from the novel The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Victor Fleming.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing…

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The Canterville Ghost (1944)

JULES DASSIN, NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Edwin Blum, based on the story by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Arthur Field.  Music by George Bassman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Chester W. Schaeffer. This film has very little…

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