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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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the book by Ted W. Lawson, Robert Considine.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. …

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Beau Brummell (1954)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the play by Clyde Fitch.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke. The famed Englishman whose name is still often used to denote sartorial prowess began as a…

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Quo Vadis (1951)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Cinematography by William V. Skall, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy…

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Ben-Hur (1959)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1959.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the novel by Lew Wallace.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vittorio Valentini.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by John D. Duning, Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   “Gorgeously junky” is how uncredited screenwriter…

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Mogambo (1953)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the play by Wilson Collison.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees, Freddie Young.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.  Academy Awards 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953. It is thanks to watching movies that one gathers…

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King Solomon’s Mines (1950)

COMPTON BENNETT, ANDREW MARTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Mischa Spoliansky.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig, Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1950.  Golden Globe Awards 1950.  …

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The Broadway Melody (1929)

HARRY BEAUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1929.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Edmund Goulding, continuity by Sarah Y. Mason, dialogue by Norman Houston, James Gleason. Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Harry Rapf, Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by David Cox.  Film Editing by Sam Zimbalist.  Academy Awards 1928/1929.   The first…

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