Viva Villa! (1934)

JACK CONWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA/Mexico, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by the book by Edgecumb Pinchon, O.B. Stade.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Harry Oliver.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Robert…

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Min and Bill (1930)

GEORGE W. HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, Marion Jackson, suggested by the book Dark Star by Lorna Moon.  Cinematography by Harold Wenstrom.  Produced by George W. Hill, Harry Rapf. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Basil Wrangell.  Academy Awards …

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The Big House (1930)

GEORGE W. HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and dialogue by Frances Marion, additional dialogue by Joseph Farnham, Martin Flavin.  Cinematography by Harold Wenstrom.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by David Cox.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Robert Montgomery is sent to prison for manslaughter, having killed a…

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A Date With Judy (1948)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Dorothy Kingsley, based on characters created by Aleen Leslie.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Teenaged Jane Powell is a very popular girl…

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Grand Hotel (1932)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Vicki Baum, based on the play America by William A. Drake.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Charles Maxwell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Academy Awards 1931/1932. Perfectly enjoyable melodrama that puts a huge assortment of MGM stars…

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The Champ (1931)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1931.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Frances Marion, dialogue continuity by Leonard Praskins, additional dialogue by Wanda Tuchock.   Cinematography by Gordon Avil.  Produced by King Vidor.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1931/1932. Wallace Beery plays a washed-up professional boxer who was once a champion but is now…

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

BBBB (out of 5) One of the best remembered of the crime novels by James M. Cain adapted for the screen, mostly notable for the sexy entrance by newly christened va-va-voom sex symbol Lana Turner.  John Garfield plays a war veteran who takes a job at an off-the-beaten-path service station working for an older gentleman (Cecil…

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China Seas

BBBB (out of 5) Fun adventure classic has wisecracking gal Jean Harlow travelling on a steamer piloted by Clark Gable. ‘When I wanna hear your bells ring, I’ll pull your chord!’ she says to a man who annoys her. Need you hear more? Okay: there’s pirates involved. Have fun! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer USA, 1935 Directed by Tay Garnett…

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Dinner At Eight (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1933.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, Herman J. Mankiewicz, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Hobe Erwin, Fredric Hope.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Ben…

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