Holiday (1938)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1938. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman, based on the play by Philip Barry. Cinematography by Franz Planer. Produced by Everett Riskin. Music by Sidney Cutner. Production Design by Stephen Goosson. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Al Clark, Otto Meyer….

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Random Harvest (1942)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Claudine West, George Froeschel, Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy…

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Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Charles Hoffman, Adaptation by Walter Reisch, Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Frank E. Hull. War propaganda rarely works this hard at pleasing its entire audience, providing…

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Panama Hattie (1942)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Wilkie C. Mahoney, based on the play by Herbert Fields, Buddy G. DeSylva. Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell. Loosely adapted from the Broadway…

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One Night Of Love (1934)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by S.K. Lauren,James Gow, Edmund H. North, based on the story Don’t Fall In Love by Dorothy Speare,  Charles Beahan.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Music by Gus Kahn, Victor Schertzinger.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1934….

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Life Begins For Andy Hardy (1941)

GEORGE B. SEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Agnes Christine Johnston, based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.  Cinematography by Lester White.  Produced by George B. Seitz.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Elmo Veron.   In one of the more entertaining (or should I say less annoying) chapters of the…

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank, based on the novel by Eric Hodgins.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harry Marker. Cary Grant is an absolute riot in this…

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Twentieth Century (1934)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, based on the play Napoleon on Broadway by Charles Bruce Millholland.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Louis Silvers.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.   Rollicking good screwball comedy that features John Barrymore at his richest and Carole…

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Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story Plane From Barranca by Howard Hawks. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1939.   This exquisite drama has…

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His Girl Friday (1940)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Sidney Cutner, Felix Mills.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.   Howard Hawks remakes The Front Page with…

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Mrs. Miniver (1942)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, based on the book by Jan Struther.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Sidney Franklin, William Wyler.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1942.   This beautiful World War…

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The Awful Truth (1937)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Vina Delmar, based on a play by Arthur Richman. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Morris Stoloff.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Al Clark.  Academy Awards 1937.   Comedy masterpiece by Leo McCarey that is probably his…

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