Midnight Lace (1960)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1960.  Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, based on the play Matilda Shouted Fire by Janet Green.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing…

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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. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in the…

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Transatlantic (1931)

WILLIAM K. HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1931.  Fox Film Corporation.  Directed by William K. Howard.  Screenplay by Guy Bolton, Lynn Starling.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Music by Carli Elinor.  Production Design by Gordon Wiles.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.   A thief cons his way onto a luxury steamliner voyaging to Europe, upon which are…

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The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Robert Riskin, Harry Kurnitz, Screenplay by Robert Riskin, Dwight Taylor, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Karl Freund.  Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters Weakest of the series, but…

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Airport 1975 (1974)

JACK SMIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Don Ingalls, based on the novel by Arthur Hailey.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by William Frye.  Music by John Cacavas.  Production Design by George C. Webb.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by J. Terry Williams.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   Although dismissed for their lack of quality when they were…

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank, based on the novel by Eric Hodgins.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harry Marker. Cary Grant is an absolute riot in this…

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The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Anthony McGuire.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Karl Freund, Merritt B. Gerstad, Ray June, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Arthur Lange. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by William S. Gray.  Lord only know what moviegoers of the thirties…

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The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer

BBB (out of 5) Witty but dated romantic comedy featuring a grown-up Shirley Temple as a lovelorn teenager.  While her older sister Myrna Loy flouts tradition by remaining single and working as a judge, Temple ignores her high school boyfriend when she meets wayward bachelor Cary Grant and becomes obsessed with him.  It gets complicated when he…

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The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1946.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, based on the novel by MacKinlay Kantor.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson, George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1946.  Golden Globe Awards 1946.   Returning home after…

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The Jazz Singer (1927)

ALAN CROSLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1927.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Alfred A. Cohn, titles by Jack Jarmuth, from the play by Samson Raphaelson, based on his short story The Day Of Atonement.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Louis Silvers.  Film Editing by Harold McCord.  Monumental in its day, this film now…

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Another Thin Man (1939)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the original story by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Delightful entry in the series, this…

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After The Thin Man (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Worthy sequel to The Thin Man has William Powell…

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