Humoresque (1946)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1946. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Clifford Odets, Zachary Gold, based on the short story by Fannie Hurst. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by Jerry Wald. Music by Leo F. Forbstein. Production Design by Hugh Reticker. Costume Design by Adrian, Bernard Newman. Film Editing by Rudi Fehr….

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Nothing Sacred (1937)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by a story by James H. Street.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Oscar Levant.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom. Carole Lombard‘s only Technicolour film is this hysterical comedy…

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An American In Paris (1951)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner.  Cinematography by Alfred Gilks.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.   The visual splendor of this Vincente Minnelli musical has made it one of the most…

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The Cobweb (1955)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Paxton, additional dialogue by William Gibson, based on his novel.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Satisfying though strange melodrama from Vincente…

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Romance On The High Seas (1948)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Warner Bros., Michael Curtiz Productions.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, additional dialogue by I.A.L. Diamond, based on the story Romance In High C by Sixto Pondal Rios, Carlos A. Olivari.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Alex Gottlieb.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Oscar Levant.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design…

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Made For Each Other (1939)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1939.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Jo Swerling, suggested by a story by Rose Franken.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Oscar Levant.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom. Tenderhearted tale takes a good look at the early years…

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The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Judy Garland’s physical inability to fulfill her commitment to this film robbed movie audiences of another teaming between her…

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The Band Wagon (1953)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Jackson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, George White.   Vincente Minnelli outdid his own An American In Paris with this…

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That’s Entertainment Part II (1976)

GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1976.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Narration by Leonard Gershe.  Produced by Saul Chaplin, Daniel Melnick.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Filipo.  Film Editing by David Blewitt, David Bretherton, Bud Friedgen, Peter C. Johnson.   More greatest-hit clips from MGM’s vault, with the novelty wearing slightly thin but the material still entertaining. Hollywood veterans Gene…

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