Marie Antoinette (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, based in part on the book by Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1938. Married to the…

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Another Thin Man (1939)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the original story by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Delightful entry in the series, this…

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Sweethearts (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, based on the musical book by Fred De Gresac, Harry B. Smith, Robert B. Smith.  Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Fred De Gresac, Harry B. Smith, Robert B. Smith, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric…

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After The Thin Man (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1936. Worthy sequel to The Thin Man has…

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San Francisco (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anita Loos, based on the story by Robert E. Hopkins.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman.  Music by Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Tom Held.  Academy Awards 1936. Hilariously campy drama that couldn’t possibly…

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Naughty Marietta (1935)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD, W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the book of the musical play by Rida Johnson Young.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Victor Herbert, Gus Kahn, Herbert Stothart, Rida Johnson Young.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design…

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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on a story by Arthur Caesar.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.  Academy Awards 1934. This was the first time Myrna…

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The Thin Man (1934)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1934. The detective thriller had a highly successful kick into…

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Shadow Of The Thin Man (1941)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Harry Kurnitz, Screenplay by Irving Brecher, Harry Kurnitz, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Robert Kern. Police are investigating yet another big-city homicide…

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Bitter Sweet (1940)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1940. If you can buy a late-thirties Jeanette MacDonald as a…

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