You And Me (1938)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Norman Krasna, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Kurt Weill.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Early Hollywood project by the recently-arrived Fritz Lang shows him off at his corniest. George Raft and Sylvia Sidney play employees at a … More You And Me (1938)

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Night After Night (1932)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, continuity by Kathryn Scola, based on the story Single Night by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Walter Plunkett.   So-so comedy that is lifted out of its mediocrity by the appearance of a debuting Mae … More Night After Night (1932)

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Twentieth Century

BBBB (out of 5) Rollicking good screwball comedy that features John Barrymore at his richest and Carole Lombard being deliciously zany. They play a theatre director and actress who have had success for years on stage in one Broadway hit after another while enjoying a stormy romance off the boards. When Lombard has finally had enough of his … More Twentieth Century

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His Girl Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Howard Hawks remakes The Front Page with a marvelous twist: Hildy Johnson, the star reporter that Walter Burns wants to keep from getting married and, therefore, getting out of the newspaper business, is now a woman. Not just any woman, but Rosalind Russell, ex-wife of Burns (Cary Grant) who is getting … More His Girl Friday

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It Happened One Night (1934)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.  Academy Awards 1934.   Classic road comedy has runaway bride Claudette Colbert team … More It Happened One Night (1934)

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Wings

BBB (out of 5) First Academy Award winner for Best Picture is a rip-roaring adventure of the skies that has rival suitors Charles Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen forget their differences once they enlist and become friends during their many missions together as fighter pilots. Clara Bow plays the girl back home who loves Rogers, even though he’s … More Wings

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Woman Of The Year (1942)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr., Michael Kanin.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy Awards 1942.   Katharine Hepburn shines in this tale of a career woman who just can’t take so easily to marriage.  Meeting up … More Woman Of The Year (1942)

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