A Majority Of One (1961)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Mervyn LeRoy Productions Inc.. Screenplay by Leonard Spigelgass, based on his play. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.. Produced by Mervyn LeRoy. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by John Beckman. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson. An examination of bigotry and…

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The Constant Nymph (1943)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1943. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Kathryn Scola, from the novel and play by Margaret Kennedy, Basil Dean. Cinematography by Tony Gaudio. Produced by Henry Blanke. Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by David Weisbart. Elegantly…

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Flirtation Walk (1934)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1934.  First National Pictures.  Story by Delmer Daves, Louis F. Edelman, Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Sol Polito.  Produced by Frank Borzage.  Music by Heinz Roemhold.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  Silly but…

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This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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Here Comes The Navy (1934)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1934.  Warner Bros..  Story by Ben Markson, Screenplay by Earl Baldwin, Ben Markson.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by Esdras Hartley.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy.  James Cagney plays a construction worker who gets into a fight…

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I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1932.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard J. Green, Brown Holmes, based on the story by Robert E. Burns.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.  A mere two years after The Big House and the movies have…

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Dangerous (1935)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1935.  Warner Bros..  Story and Screenplay by Laird Doyle.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Bernhard Kaun, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hugh Reticker.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.  Popular opinion had it that Bette Davis was overlooked by the Academy for her performance in Of…

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Watch On the Rhine (1943)

HERMAN SHUMLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Dashiell Hammett, additional scenes and dialogue by Lillian Hellman, based on her play.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.   Lillian Hellman’s play is adapted to…

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Baby Face (1933)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA, 1933.  Warner Bros.. Story by Darryl F. Zanuck, Screenplay by Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola.  Cinematography by James Van Trees.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Howard Bretherton.   You need look no further for proof that Barbara Stanwyck was destined for stardom than this…

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Kings Row (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Henry Bellamann.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   This is the most curious masterpiece: a perfect blend of film noir, period…

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Irma La Douce (1963)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson, Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   The idea here was to reunite the cast and…

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   This hysterical comedy of gender-errors was recently ranked…

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