The Last Of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

RICHARD BOLESLAWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1937. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Leon Gordon, Samson Raphaelson, Monckton Hoffe, from the play by Frederick Lonsdale. Cinematography by George J. Folsey. Produced by Lawrence Weingarten. Music by William Axt. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. Joan Crawford plays…

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this…

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Frantz (2016)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.   France/Germany, 2016.  Mandarin Films, X-Filme Creative Pool, FOZ, Mars Films, France 2 Cinema, Films Distribution, Universal Pictures International, Canal+, Cine@, France Televisions, Sofica Manon 6, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Deutscher Filmforderfonds, Filmforderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung, FD Production.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, in collaboration with Philippe Piazzo, based on the movie Broken Lullaby by Ernst Lubitsch, Reginald…

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The Jazz Singer (1980)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1980.  EMI Films.  Screenplay by Herbert Baker, adaptation by Stephen H. Foreman, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Jerry Leider.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.   Neil Diamond makes an ill-advised acting debut in…

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The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.   Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson, from the operetta Ein Walzertraum by Leopold Jacobson, Felix Dormann, based on the novel Nux der Prinzgemahl by Hans Muller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Film Editing by Merrill G. White.  Maurice Chevalier stars…

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The Merry Widow (1934)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson, based on the musical book and lyrics by Viktor Leon, Leo Stein, from the play L’Attache D’Ambassade by Henri Meilhac.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Franz Lehar, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by…

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One Hour With You (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Only A Dream by Lothar Schmidt.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.  One of the best examples of Ernst Lubitsch’s contributions to early…

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Trouble In Paradise (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, adaptation by Grover Jones, based on the play The Honest Finder by Aladar Laszlo.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins fall madly in love over a shared…

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Heaven Can Wait (1943)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Birthday by Leslie Bush-Fekete.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Alfred Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Leland Fuller.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   Not since Milton penned…

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In The Good Old Summertime (1949)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD, BUSTER KEATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Ivan Tors, from a screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by…

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The Harvey Girls (1946)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original Story by Eleanore Griffin, William Rankin, Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Nathaniel Curtis, Harry Crane, James O’Hanlon, Samson Raphaelson, additional dialogue by Kay Van Riper, based on the novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by…

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The Jazz Singer (1952)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.    USA, 1952.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Frank Davis, Leonard Stern, Lewis Meltzer, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson. Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Max Steiner.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..   The creative artists…

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