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Jean's Great Expectations

Jean's Great Expectations

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 31st 2018

In The Great Movie Stars: The International Years, film historian David Shipman echoed the thought of many movie fans regarding today’s birthday honoree, who would have turned 89: “Jean Simmons [19

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The Reluctant Emperor

The Reluctant Emperor

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 17th 2017

Being the most acclaimed and in-demand actor in movies didn’t sit well with Marlon Brando in his banner year of 1954. Although his iconic performance as On the Waterfront’s New York longshoreman Te

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Désirée’s Alluring Charms

Désirée’s Alluring Charms

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 15th 2016

Despite reviews of the Annemarie Selinko source novel by several book reviewers touting it as one of the most dazzling exercises in historical fiction since Gone with the Wind, the movie of Désirée

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Magnificent Merle

Magnificent Merle

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 4th 2016

Turner Classic Movies’ star of the month for March is one of the screen’s great beauties, Merle Oberon (1911-1979), and starting tonight and on the next three Fridays, two-dozen of her movies, seve

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The Eventful Journey to a Happy Ending

The Eventful Journey to a Happy Ending

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 21st 2015

From David Shipman’s The Great Movie Stars – The International Years in 1972: “Jean Simmons has always been taken for granted. As a child player in Britain she was expected to be one of the best chi

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