Our Modern Maidens (1929)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1929. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story and continuity by Josephine Lovett, titles by Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Jack Conway, Hunt Stromberg. Music by Arthur Lange. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Sam Zimbalist. The success of…

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Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1940.  Academy Productions.  Story by Mildred Cram, Adele Comandini, Screenplay by Adele Comandini.  Cinematography by Lester White.  Produced by Lee Garmes.  Music by Frank Tours.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Edwina.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig.   Three industrialists are working on Christmas Eve until the most chipper of the bunch…

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)

BBBBB (out of 5) Richly enjoyable, thoroughly satisfying drama based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Charles Laughton is the misshapen denizen of the titular cathedral who inspires horror and revulsion in the citizens of King Louis XI’s France. The moral order of Paris is enforced by Frollo, the hard-bitten, hypocritical bishop who falls in…

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Meet John Doe (1941)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Frank Capra Productions.  Story by Richard Connell, Robert Presnell Sr., Screenplay by Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Frank Capra, Robert Riskin.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Natalie Visart.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1941. A newspaper with sagging circulation needs a bit of a lift,…

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