The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards…

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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1940.  Argosy Pictures, Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on four Sea Plays by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1940.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting…

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Rhapsody (1954)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, adaptation by Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz, based on the novel by Henry Handel Richardson.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck, Harry Jackson.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Johnny Green, Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by…

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The Toast Of New Orleans (1950)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sy Gomberg, George Wells.  Cinematography by William E. Snyder.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1950. Those who aren’t fans of opera will prefer to kill themselves than sit…

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If I Were King (1938)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on the play by Justin Huntly McCarthy.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.   Ronald Colman plays a ruffian poet living in Louis XI’s…

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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings, based on the short stories The Big Hunt and War Party by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Michael Meyers, Ann Peck.  Film Editing…

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