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Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 24th 2018

Though not classified as one of Hollywood’s most memorable biopics, Gidget (1959), which rode ashore into theaters 59 years ago this week, was indeed adapted from a cheeky but evocative truth-based

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Diary of an On-Edge Director

Diary of an On-Edge Director

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 2nd 2017

He would go on to make many of his best-remembered films – including Flaming Star (1960, a Twilight Time title), Madigan (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), Dirty Harry (1971) and the underra

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Little Girl, Big Ideas, Fullest Width

Little Girl, Big Ideas, Fullest Width

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 12th 2017

The name of Gidget immediately conjures up the pretty faces and bubbly personalities of the actresses who portrayed the vivacious Southern California girl on the big screen (Sandra Dee, Deborah Wall

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Siegel's Edge

Siegel's Edge

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 12th 2017

“Schooled in the tough, no-nonsense Warner Bros. tradition of Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks,” Peter Bogdanovich wrote in his 1997 interview compilation Who the Devil Made It, Don “Siegel over the yea

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Lancaster's Meaningful Thing

Lancaster's Meaningful Thing

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 8th 2016

When Thomas E. Gaddis’s Birdman of Alcatraz, the biography of a convicted murderer (1890-1963) who became a world-renowned ornithologist for his studies of avian behavior and diseases while serving

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