Dr. Mabuse The Gambler (1922)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original Title: Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler Germany, 1922.  Uco-Film GmbH.  Screenplay by Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, based on the novel by Norbert Jacques.   Cinematography by Carl Hoffmann.   Produced by Erich Pommer.  Music by Konrad Elfers, Robert Israel, Aljoscha Zimmermann.  Production Design by Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut,…

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The Racket (1928)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1928.  The Caddo Company.  Scenario by Del Andrews, titles by Tom Miranda, adaptation by Bartlett Cormack, based on his play.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Howard Hughes.  Music by Robert Israel.  Production Design by Julian Boone Fleming.  Film Editing by Eddie Adams.  Beautifully shot underworld…

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The Last Command (1928)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1928.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Lajos Biro, Josef von Sternberg, titles by Herman J. Mankiewicz,written by John F. Goodrich.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor.  Music by Robert Israel.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.   An aging movie extra…

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Underworld (1927)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1927.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, titles by George Marion Jr., adaptation by Robert N. Lee, Charles Furthman.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Music by Robert Israel.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by E. Lloyd Sheldon.  This excellent, beautifully shot drama is considered the film that sparked the craze…

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The General (1926)

BUSTER KEATON, CLYDE BRUCKMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1926.  Buster Keaton Productions, Joseph M. Schenck Productions.  Screenplay by Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, adapted by Al Boasberg, Charles Henry Smith, based on the books Daring And Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure and The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger.  Cinematography by Bert Haines, Devereaux Jennings.  Produced…

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