The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.   … More The Great Caruso (1951)

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In Old Chicago (1937)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Darryl F. Zanuck Productions.  Story by Niven Busch, Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by William S. Darling, Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1937.   The old … More In Old Chicago (1937)

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Interrupted Melody (1955)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, Sonya Levien, based on the life story by Marjorie Lawrence.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Paul Vogel.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1955.   Marjorie Lawrence (Eleanor … More Interrupted Melody (1955)

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Cavalcade

BBB (out of 5) Dull classist drama that managed to win Best Picture but hasn’t dated at all well, and neither have the performances. Based on the play by Noel Coward, the action follows an upstairs-downstairs romance between a rich society boy and a serving girl, and the cordial relationships between their families until the … More Cavalcade

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Quo Vadis

BBB (out of 5) Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr throw Christians to the lions, then live to feel the conscientious guilt. Huge sets and thousands of extras in ‘authentic’ Biblical period costumes are exciting and eye-popping, but the only thing that makes this film worth reaching for instead of similar sandal epics like Ben-Hur and The Robe … More Quo Vadis

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State Fair

BBB.5 (out of 5) When Twentieth Century-Fox decided to remake their ever-popular Will Rogers comedy of 1933 for audiences of the forties, their decision to make it a musical brought them to the doorstep of musical team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who had just revitalized the American musical on Broadway with their first … More State Fair

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Oklahoma! (1955)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Magna Theatre Corporation, Rodgers & Hammerstein Productions.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, based on the musical play by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, from the play Green Grow The Rushes by Lynn Riggs.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Richard Rodgers.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume … More Oklahoma! (1955)

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