Working Girls (1931)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, based on the play by Vera Caspary, Winifred Lenihan.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Music by Ralph Rainger.   Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Film Editing by Jane Loring. Dorothy Hall and Judith Wood have just moved to the Big Apple from…

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Tin Pan Alley (1940)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, based on a story by Pamela Harris.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Travis Banton. …

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Wonder Man (1945)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1945.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Don Hartman, Melville Shavelson, Philip Rapp, adaptation by Jack Jevne, Eddie Moran, from a story by Arthur Sheekman.  Cinematography by Victor Milner, William E. Snyder.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by…

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A Double Life (1947)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1947.  Kanin Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Michael Kanin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish.   Ronald Colman plays a famous Broadway actor who struggles with detaching from the job,…

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Imitation of Life (1934)

JOHN M. STAHL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by William Hurlbut, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright.  The Douglas Sirk remake of 1959 is better known,…

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The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

STUART WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1933.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, Bogart Rogers, based on a story by John Monk Saunders.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Bayard Veiller.  Music by John Leipold.  Production Design by Robert Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by James Smith. Tragic drama made in the shadow of popular hits like Wings and Hell’s…

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Scarlet Street (1945)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1945.  Walter Wanger Productions, Fritz Lang Productions, Diana Production Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel by Georges de la Fouchardiere, Andre Mouezy-Eon.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  Fritz…

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The Last Command (1928)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1928.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Lajos Biro, Josef von Sternberg, titles by Herman J. Mankiewicz,written by John F. Goodrich.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor.  Music by Robert Israel.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by William Shea.   An aging movie extra…

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Underworld (1927)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1927.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, titles by George Marion Jr., adaptation by Robert N. Lee, Charles Furthman.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Music by Robert Israel.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by E. Lloyd Sheldon.  This excellent, beautifully shot drama is considered the film that sparked the craze…

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Cover Girl (1944)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Erwin S. Gelsey, Adaptation by Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Arthur Schwartz.  Music by Jerome Kern.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Muriel King, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  …

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We’re Not Dressing (1934)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Horace Jackson, Francis Martin, George Marion Jr., based on stories by Walton Hall Smith, Benjamin Glazer and the play The Admirable Crichton by J.M. Barrie.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Benjamin Glazer.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Stuart Heisler….

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True Confession (1937)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Claude Binyon, based on the play Mon Crime by Louis Verneuil, Georges Berr.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Albert Lewin.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Highly imaginative fiction writer Carole Lombard (in one of her…

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