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.   This…

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Arrowsmith (1931)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1931.  John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in the…

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A Double Life (1947)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1947.  Kanin Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Michael Kanin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish.   Ronald Colman plays a famous Broadway actor who struggles with detaching from the job,…

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If I Were King (1938)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on the play by Justin Huntly McCarthy.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1938.   Ronald Colman plays a ruffian poet living in…

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Bulldog Drummond (1929)

F. RICHARD JONES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1929.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, continuity by Wallace Smith, based on the play by Herman C. McNeile.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.   Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Film Editing by Frank Lawrence, Viola Lawrence.  The first great adventure…

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The Talk Of The Town (1942)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Irwin Shaw, Sidney Buchman, adaptation by Dale Van Every, based on the story by Sidney Harmon.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1942.   A falsely accused criminal (Cary Grant)…

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The Prisoner Of Zenda (1937)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by John L. Balderston, dramatization by Edward E. Rose, adaptation by Wells Root, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the novel by Anthony Hope.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by…

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A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by W.P. Lipscomb, S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, and the bibliographies The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle, Journal of the Temple by M. Clery, The Memoirs by Mademoiselle des Echerolles, M. Nicholas.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production…

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Lost Horizon (1937)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1937.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Ernest Dryden.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick, Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1937. Ronald Colman and crew think it’s over for them when their…

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That’s Entertainment Part II

BBB.5 (out of 5) More greatest-hit clips from MGM’s vault, with the novelty wearing slightly thin but the material still entertaining. Hollywood veterans Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire take you on a continuing tour of the golden age of MGM movies, with song and dance numbers from films starring Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, etc. In…

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Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Michael Todd Company.  Screenplay by James Poe, John Farrow, S.J. Perelman, based on the book by Jules Verne.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Michael Todd.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Miles White.  Film Editing by Howard Epstein, Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956.  New York…

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