The Naked City (1948)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1948. Hellinger Productions, Universal International Pictures. Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Malvin Wald, from a story by Malvin Wald. Cinematography by William H. Daniels. Produced by Mark Hellinger. Music by Miklos Rozsa, Frank Skinner. Production Design by John DeCuir. Costume Design by Grace Houston. Film Editing by…

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Their Own Desire (1929)

E. MASON HOPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB .  USA, 1929.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Frances Marion, dialogue adaptation by James Forbes, from the novel by Sarita Fuller.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Harry Reynolds.  Norma Shearer received two Oscar…

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Lured (1947)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Hunt Stromberg Productions.   Screenplay by Leo Rosten, based on a story by Jacques Companeez, Ernst Neubach, Simon Gantillon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.   Produced by James Nasser.   Music by Michel Michelet.  Production Design by Nicolai Remisoff.   Costume Design by Elois Jenssen.  Film Editing by John…

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Brute Force (1947)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Mark Hellinger Productions.  Story by Robert Patterson, Screenplay by Richard Brooks.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Edward Curtiss. Burt Lancaster played a…

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Plymouth Adventure (1952)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by Ernest Gebler.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Perhaps in 1952…

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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Valentine Davies, Oscar Brodney.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   The trombonist bandleader who…

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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Broadway Melody Of 1938 (1937)

ROY DEL RUTH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original Story by Jack McGowan, Sid Silvers, Screenplay by Jack McGowan.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Jack Cummings. Music by Leo Arnaud, Murray Cutter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell. None of the Broadway Melodies have any narrative in common other…

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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.   Married to the king of…

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Romance (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer, from the play by Edward Sheldon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Unwatchable cornfest that captures Greta Garbo between stages of development as…

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1962.  Euterpe, Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, based on the book by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Leo Arnaud, Alexander Courage, Roger Edens, Robert Franklyn, Conrad Salinger, George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis.  Costume Design…

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