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Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 24th 2019

Darryl F. Zanuck, the production chief at Twentieth Century Fox for decades, was known for his experience-honed and largely successful picture-making instincts. He was tough, protective and a risk-tak

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Ready to Ride Again

Ready to Ride Again

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 15th 2019

Welcome to the outlaw territory of movie remakes, where a later version of an all-time classic virtually never gets the love and respect accorded the original iteration. Such a fate befell the combina

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Carol's Cuban Concoction

Carol's Cuban Concoction

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 30th 2018

Born 112 years ago today, the venerable British director Carol Reed (1906-1976) marked his 53rd birthday in noteworthy style with the London world premiere of a distinctively delicious espionage thril

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Like Cimarron in South Africa

Like Cimarron in South Africa

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 24th 2018

There’s no question that the romance-driven, continent-spanning Cinemascope action epic Untamed (1955) was certainly the biggest Hollywood sound-era studio movie bearing that moniker. The turbulent ch

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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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