Hold Back The Dawn (1941)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.    USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, based on the story Memo To A Movie Producer by Ketti Frings.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith…

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Reap The Wild Wind (1942)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Le May, Charles Bennett, Jesse Lasky Jr., based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Thelma Strabel.  Cinematography by Victor Milner, William V. Skall.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans…

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Pot O’Gold (1941)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  James Roosevelt Productions.  Story by Andrew Bennison, Monte Brice, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, based on the idea originally conceived by Haydn Roth Evans, Robert Brilmayer.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by George Marshall, James Roosevelt.  Music by Louis Forbes.  Production Design by Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Taylor.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler. …

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Second Chorus (1940)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Boris Morros Productions.  Original story by Frank Cavett, Screenplay by Elaine Ryan, Ian McLellan Hunter, contributor Johnny Mercer.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Boris Morros.  Music by Artie Shaw.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Helen Taylor.  Film Editing by Jack Dennis. Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith are the very definition of frenemies, both trumpet…

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The Women (1939)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, Jane Murfin, based on the play by Clare Booth Luce.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh, Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by David Snell, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   What happens when you take the men…

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The Great Dictator (1940)

CHARLES CHAPLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Charles Chaplin Productions, One Production Company.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by Roland Totheroh, Karl Struss.  Produced by Charles Chaplin.  Music by Charles Chaplin, Meredith Willson.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer.  Costume Design by Ted Tetrick.  Film Editing by Willard Nico. People who walk around saying that the Holocaust happened because no one…

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Modern Times (1936)

CHARLES CHAPLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Charles Chaplin Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by Roland Totheroh, Ira H. Morgan.  Produced by Charles Chaplin.  Music by Charles Chaplin.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Charles Chaplin, Willard Nico. Charles Chaplin has often been attributed with foreseeing the age of industrial prosperity in this brilliantly hilarious…

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