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Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 27th 2019

The path from bestselling book to the big screen was, like its title, serpentine, but The Snake Pit (1948) nonetheless emerged as a rare Hollywood product that combined a sincerely crafted exploration

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Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 28th 2019

Eighty-four years ago today, the whole town of Hollywood was talking about Columbia Pictures, the humble but hard-working studio that had triumphed the preceding evening at the Academy Awards®, winnin

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Police Story (2): Cutting to the Chase

Police Story (2): Cutting to the Chase

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 6th 2018

Producer Philip D’Antoni and stunt coordinator Bill Hickman hit box-office paydirt with two action-packed cop thrillers that became instantly iconic while burning a lot of rubber: Bullitt (1968) an

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Big-Screen House Call

Big-Screen House Call

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 1st 2018

Fifty years ago, the lavish family musical Doctor Dolittle (1967), starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard Attenborough, had accumulated a healthy nine nominations for the

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Alternate Actress Awardees

Alternate Actress Awardees

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 22nd 2018

The final deadline for membership voting on the 90th Academy Awards® for 2017 movies closes next Tuesday, and it’s always interesting to pull out one’s dog-eared copy of film historian Danny Peary’

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