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.  Academy Awards 1936.   Worthy sequel to The Thin Man has…

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San Francisco (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, based on the story by Robert E. Hopkins.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Tom Held.  Academy Awards 1936.   Hilariously campy drama that couldn’t possibly…

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Bitter Sweet (1940)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1940.   If you can buy a late-thirties Jeanette MacDonald as a lovestruck…

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A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by W.P. Lipscomb, S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, and the bibliographies The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle, Journal of the Temple by M. Clery, The Memoirs by Mademoiselle des Echerolles, M. Nicholas.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production…

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Dancing Lady (1933)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Allen Rivkin, P.J. Wolfson, from the book by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Music by Maurice de Packh, Louis Silvers.  Production Design by Merrill Pye.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.   Low-key musical about a burlesque dancer (Joan Crawford) who tries to go…

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