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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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Reliable, Relatable Arthur

Reliable, Relatable Arthur

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 29th 2018

Possessed of a natural charm that made human fallibility into a strength, the dictionary-definition character actor Arthur O’Connell (1908-1981) was a reliable screen presence for more than 35 years

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All Action, Sex 'n' Violence, Frankly

All Action, Sex 'n' Violence, Frankly

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 20th 2018

Filmmaking requires obsession and writer-producer-director Samuel Fuller had that by the bucketload, even extending to the ballyhoo called for in promoting a movie, particularly one with a revenge-

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The Criminal Class of March

The Criminal Class of March

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 18th 2017

Crime, punishment and the gritty gray areas in between fuel an exciting March Twilight Time gangland of four tough, terrific movies. The earliest of the quartet marks three firsts: Marilyn Monroe i

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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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