The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1938.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Original story by Leo McCarey, Frank R. Adams, Screenplay by S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.   Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.   Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day.   Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd. …

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State Fair (1933)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1933.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, Paul Green, based on the novel by Philip Stong.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Winfield R. Sheehan.  Music by Louis De Francesco.  Production Design by Duncan Cramer.  Costume Design by Rita Kaufman.  Film Editing by Robert Bischoff….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Cavalcade (1933)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Reginald Berkeley, continuity by Sonya Levien, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Peter Brunelli, Louis De Francesco, Arthur Lange, J.S. Zamecnik.  Production Design by William S. Darling.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Margaret Clancey.  Academy Awards 1932/1933.  …

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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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State Fair (1945)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II, adaptation by Paul Green, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Philip Strong.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by William Perlberg.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman, Edward B. Powell, Gene Rose.  Production Design by Lewis H. Creber, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design…

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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…

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, adaptation by Bruno Frank, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Hamilton, Robert Wise.  Academy Awards 1939.   Richly…

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The Merry Widow (1952)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, based on the operetta by Viktor Leon, Leo Stein.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1952. The worst version of the popular operetta is…

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Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

BUSBY BERKELEY, ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by William Anthony McGuire, Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.   The star power of Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr is reason enough to watch…

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