The Court Jester (1955)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1955.  Dena Enterprises.   Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Walter Scharf, Vic Schoen.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Tom…

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Alibi (1929)

ROLAND WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1929.  Feature Productions.  Screenplay and titles by Roland West, C. Gardner Sullivan, based on the play by John Griffith Wray, J.C. Nugent, Elaine S. Carrington.  Cinematography by Ray June.   Produced by Roland West.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by…

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Arrowsmith (1931)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1931.  John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in the…

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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Alternate title:  The Star Said No USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Marlin Skiles.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Cotton Warburton. Old westerns starring Howard Keel are…

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The Secret Garden (1949)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Ardrey, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern. Early version of the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s novel isn’t as delicate as…

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Easy To Love (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Laszlo Vadnay, Screenplay by Laszlo Vadnay, William Roberts.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   Weak Esther Williams vehicle that, as with so many her films, is…

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Night Must Fall (1937)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Van Druten, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1937. Faithful to the original stageplay by Emlyn Williams, this entire film takes place…

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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, based on the musical comedy by George M. Cohan.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, Roger Edens, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele, Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Ridiculously boring yarn has lovely lass Judy Garland give…

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Horse Feathers (1932)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Harry Caplan.   The irrepressible Marx Brothers please once again in this divine campus comedy. Groucho is the newly appointed head of…

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The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Anthony McGuire.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Karl Freund, Merritt B. Gerstad, Ray June, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Arthur Lange. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by William S. Gray.  Academy Awards 1936.   Lord only know what moviegoers of…

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China Seas

BBBB (out of 5) Fun adventure classic has wisecracking gal Jean Harlow travelling on a steamer piloted by Clark Gable. ‘When I wanna hear your bells ring, I’ll pull your chord!’ she says to a man who annoys her. Need you hear more? Okay: there’s pirates involved. Have fun! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer USA, 1935 Directed by Tay Garnett…

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Funny Face (1957)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Leonard Gershe.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Roger Edens.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1957.  Cannes Film Festival 1957.   Audrey Hepburn rarely looked lovelier than in this gorgeous musical comedy, inspired loosely by the career of…

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