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 1951.  …

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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 and…

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Rhapsody

BB.5 (out of 5) Elizabeth Taylor announces to her wealthy father Louis Calhern that her latest rebellion is to abandon her current studies and move to Switzerland to study at a music academy there.  At her entrance exam she is immediately rejected and professor Michael Chekhov quickly gleans her real reason for wanting to attend the school:…

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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 through two…

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If I Were King

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ronald Colman plays a ruffian poet living in Louis XI’s France who keeps getting into trouble with the law. Criminal behaviour is a particular problem in Paris at this point as the city is surrounded by invading Burgundians who are cutting off the city’s supplies for food. After being arrested for raiding…

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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 by…

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