Summer And Smoke (1961)

PETER GLENVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Hal Wallis Productions. Screenplay by James Poe, Meade Roberts, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by…

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This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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Rich, Young And Pretty (1951)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Dorothy Cooper, Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan. Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Fluff is never offensive…

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The Parent Trap (1961)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the book Das Doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kastner.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.   Disney could have found no better use for…

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Road To Zanzibar (1941)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Butler, Don Hartman, based on the story Find Colonel Fawcett by Don Hartman, Sy Bartlett.  Cinematography by Ted Tatzlaff.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie. Following the grand success of Road To…

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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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Destry Rides Again (1939)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Felix Jackson, Screenplay by Felix Jackson, Gertrude Purcell, Henry Myers, suggested by the novel by Max Brand.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth. Classic western that serves as the prototype…

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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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With A Song In My Heart (1952)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Lamar Trotti.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by J. Watson Webb Jr..   Enormously enjoyable musical biopic of World World II songstress Jane Frohman. Frohman…

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The Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1935)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Sid Silvers, additional dialogue by Harry W. Conn, based on an original story by Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by John W. Considine Jr..  Music by Nacio Herb Brown, Roger Edens, Alfred Newman, Arthur Freed.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Eugene…

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The Bank Dick (1940)

EDWARD F. CLINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by W.C. Fields.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Cliff Work.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  The incomparable W.C. Fields presents some of the funniest jokes ever assembled in one movie. As star and…

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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.   The worst version of the popular operetta is this musical…

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