Torch Singer (1933)

ALEXANDER HALL, GEORGE SOMNES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1933. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, Lynn Starling, based on the story Mike by Grace Perkins. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by Albert Lewis. Music by Ralph Rainger. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Eda Warren. Claudette Colbert is excellent…

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An American Tragedy (1931)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Produced by Josef von Sternberg. Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Adapted from the same novel by…

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Kiss And Make-Up (1934)

HARLAN THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1934. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Harlan Thompson, George Marion Jr., adaptation by Jane Hinton, from a story by István Békeffy. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by B.P. Schulberg. Music by Ralph Rainger. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Once a…

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Working Girls (1931)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, based on the play by Vera Caspary, Winifred Lenihan.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Music by Ralph Rainger.   Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Film Editing by Jane Loring. Dorothy Hall and Judith Wood have just moved to the Big Apple from…

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Monkey Business (1931)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone, additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman.  Cinematography by Arthur L. Todd.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger.  Production Design by Harry Caplan.   Another hilarious Marx Brothers film, this one bearing the distinction of being the first to…

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Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp, Oscar Hammerstein II, based on a play by George Manker Watters, Arthur Hopkins.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Phil Boutelje, Ralph Rainger, Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Eda Warren. Carole Lombard misses…

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Six Of A Kind (1934)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Keene Thompson, Douglas MacLean, Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Harry Ruskin.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Emanuel Cohen.  Music by John Leipold, Ralph Rainger.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Odell.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone. Charles Ruggles and Mary Boland, paired so well in Leo McCarey’s Ruggles…

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A Farewell To Arms (1932)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the play by Laurence Stallings, from the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Edward A. Blatt, Benjamin Glazer.  Music by Herman Hand, W. Franke Harling, Bernhard Kaun, John Leipold, Paul Marquardt, Ralph Rainger, Milan…

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