Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Charles Hoffman, Adaptation by Walter Reisch, Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Frank E. Hull. War propaganda rarely works this hard at pleasing its entire audience, providing…

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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city…

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Ivanhoe (1952)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Noel Langley, adaptation by by Aeneas MacKenzie, based on the novel by Walter Scott.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Roger K. Furse.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. Walter…

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)

ALBERT LEWIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):     BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Albert Lewin, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1945.   Gorgeously shot gothic horror film based on the…

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Butterfield 8

DANIEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Even Elizabeth Taylor insisted that it was her life-threatening illness and emergency tracheotomy that inspired the Academy to award her a Best Actress Oscar for this mundane film. She plays a high-class call girl who falls in love with swanky Laurence Harvey. It should work out for them both,…

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Madame Bovary (1949)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Ardrey, based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1949. Vincente Minnelli’s sumptous adaptation of the…

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Father Of The Bride (1950)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Loew’s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the novel by Edward Streeter.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1950.   Spencer Tracy is the put-upon…

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Father’s Little Dividend (1951)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on characters created by Edward Streeter.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Albert Sendrey.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster. The family favourite that took the box office by…

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Tea And Sympathy (1956)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on his play.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Edward C. Carfgano, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Podcast: Bad Gay Movies. When else but in the fifties could…

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, adaptation by Bruno Frank, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Hamilton, Robert Wise.  Academy Awards 1939.   Richly…

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Of Human Bondage (1934)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1934.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lester Cohen, based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Morgan.  Academy Awards 1934. Dramatic adaptation of F….

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Shall We Dance (1937)

MARK SANDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Allan Scott, Ernest Pagano, adaptation by P.J. Wolfson, based on a story by Lee Loeb, Harold Buchman.   Cinematography by David Abel.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Nathaniel Shilkret.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by William Hamilton.  Academy…

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