Strange Cargo (1940)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1940. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Lawrence Hazard, based on the book Not Too Narrow…Not Too Deep by Richard Sale. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Robert Kern….

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Viva Villa! (1934)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Mexico, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by the book by Edgecumb Pinchon, O.B. Stade.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Harry Oliver.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert…

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Plymouth Adventure (1952)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by Ernest Gebler.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1952.  …

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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city…

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The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Jan Lustig, George Froeschel, additional poetry by Robert Nathan, based on the poem by Alice Duer Miller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Clarence Brown, Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards…

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Marie Antoinette (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, based in part on the book by Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1938. Married to the…

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The Secret Garden (1949)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Ardrey, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern. Early version of the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s novel isn’t as delicate as…

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Night Must Fall (1937)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Van Druten, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1937. Faithful to the original stageplay by Emlyn Williams, this entire film takes place…

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Pride And Prejudice (1940)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, from the dramatization by Helen Jerome of the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Karl Freund.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1940.   Devastatingly good adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic…

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David Copperfield (1935)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. Alternate title:  The Personal History, Adventures, Experience & Observation Of David Copperfield USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Hugh Walpole, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly…

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The Women (1939)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, Jane Murfin, based on the play by Clare Booth Luce.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh, Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by David Snell, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   What happens when you take the men…

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Sweethearts (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, based on the musical book by Fred De Gresac, Harry B. Smith, Robert B. Smith.  Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Fred De Gresac, Harry B. Smith, Robert B. Smith, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric…

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