The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  Mad Wednesday USA, 1947.  California Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by Robert Pittack.  Produced by Howard Hughes, Preston Sturges.  Music by Werner R. Heymann. Production Design by Robert Usher.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore, Thomas Neff.  Cannes Film Festival 1951.  Golden Globe Awards 1950. It’s as if the war ended and took Preston…

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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. Excellent Preston Sturges comedy about a runaway bride (Claudette Colbert) without a dime to her name who stows away…

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Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Preston Sturges.  Music by Charles Bradshaw, Leo Shuken. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. One of my favourite comedies ever made is this terrific Preston Sturges masterpiece. It…

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The Lady Eve (1941)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Monckton Hoffe, Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Phil Boutelje, Charles Bradshaw, Gil Grau, Sigmund Krumgold, John Leipold,Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.  Academy Awards 1941.  Podcast:  My Criterions. A simple-minded man, a…

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Trouble In Paradise (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, adaptation by Grover Jones, based on the play The Honest Finder by Aladar Laszlo.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins fall madly in love over a shared…

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)

ALBERT LEWIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):     BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Albert Lewin, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1945.   Gorgeously shot gothic horror film based on the…

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Moon Over Miami (1941)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1941.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, Brown Holmes, adaptation by George Seaton, Lynn Starling, based on the play Three Blind Mice by Stephen Powys.  Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, J. Peverell Marley, Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown.  Music by David Buttolph, Charles Henderson, Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman.  Production…

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Animal Crackers (1930)

VICTOR HEERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1930.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, Continuity by Pierre Collings, based on the musical play by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Music by Max Reese.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.   After a rough start in movies with The Cocoanuts, the fantastic…

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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939. Pre-revolutionary Americans Henry Fonda and…

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