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Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part One

Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part One

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 22nd 2017

Opening on Christmas day at the cozy, now long-gone Beverly-Canon Theater in Los Angeles 65 years ago came that rare movie gift: an adaptation of a hit Broadway play featuring five members of its or

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The Post-Tombstone Truth

The Post-Tombstone Truth

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 29th 2017

The October 26, 1881 Tombstone, Arizona, confrontation between the Earps and the Clantons and each side’s various allies continued to interest John Sturges in the decade after he directed the power

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A Soldiers' Epic

A Soldiers' Epic

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 6th 2017

On this date of World War II D-Day invasion remembrance, one can also recall that fighting forces who distinguish themselves in fierce in bloody conflict in theaters of war are made up of individua

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Lining Up Lions

Lining Up Lions

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 31st 2017

When the film version of Irwin Shaw’s powerful bestseller The Young Lions (1958), about the turbulent lives and fateful intersection of one German and two American GIs in World War II, premiered 59

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Date with a Strangler

Date with a Strangler

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 14th 2016

Forty-eight years ago this Sunday, a daring and intense chiller opened to considerable controversy and vigorous box-office. Critical reaction was mixed, best summed up by The Motion Picture Guide a

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