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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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Words Wrought Wide

Words Wrought Wide

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 4th 2018

When it arrived on the scene in October 1953, Cinemascope was ballyhooed for its ability to deliver beautiful single-lens widescreen imagery that would envelop audiences in ways that upstart squarish

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A Dark Directorial Debut

A Dark Directorial Debut

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 2nd 2018

Newly ensconced at Twentieth Century Fox in the fall of 1943, writer/producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz wrote the following commentary about a soon-to-be-published Gothic novel the studio was considering

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Family, Faith, Fairgoers – and a Birthday Boone

Family, Faith, Fairgoers – and a Birthday Boone

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 1st 2017

Seven weeks ago, singer/actor Pat Boone attended the red-carpet Hollywood premiere of his latest movie A Cowgirl’s Story (2017) and talked about the film’s message of family and faith, two key mark

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Defiantly Anastasia

Defiantly Anastasia

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 13th 2016

For a production as ideally cast down to the smallest parts, elegantly acted and beautifully executed as Anastasia (1956), which celebrates the 60th anniversary of its gala premiere today, a series

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