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Shared Songs

Shared Songs

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 23rd 2018

In his 2009 Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne, biographer James Gavin chronicled the icy relationship that played out on the set of MGM’s film adaptation of Cabin in the Sky (1943) between t

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Happily Hailing Harold

Happily Hailing Harold

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 15th 2018

Two screen legends of titanic talent. Two movies with jazzy and bluesy song scores linked to backstage stories shaped around the ups and downs of show business careers. Two torchy title tunes that

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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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Julie's Christmas Gifts

Julie's Christmas Gifts

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 2nd 2016

Whether on stage, movie screens or TV displays, watching the luminous, honey-voiced Julie Harris (1925-2013), who would have marked her 91st birthday today, was an event akin to the bestowing of a

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Yul's Faulkner Exception

Yul's Faulkner Exception

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 18th 2016

At this time during the years 1951, 1952, 1953, 1977, 1978 and 1985, the great Yul Brynner could be seen on a Broadway stage, playing his signature Tony®- and Academy Award®-winning role of King Mon

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