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An Inauspicious Start to a Poisonous Triumph

An Inauspicious Start to a Poisonous Triumph

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 24th 2018

“What brought a nice young kid like Sue Ann to a shocking moment like this?” proclaimed the ads featuring an aroused young woman firing a pistol and heralding the opening of “a crazy, mixed-up love st

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Heat's Galvanic Glow

Heat's Galvanic Glow

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 15th 2018

Upon being named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for preservation as a cultural and artistic treasure in 2011, the brisk and scalding crime thriller benchmark The Big Heat (195

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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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Crimson Career Christening

Crimson Career Christening

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 16th 2017

Tomorrow marks what would have been the 88th birthday of a Hawaiian-born entertainment icon of Japanese ancestry, who studied drama at New York University, cultivated a burgeoning singing career in

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Kiss of Reality

Kiss of Reality

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 25th 2017

Kiss of Death (1947) is “a hard-hitting, often frightening crime drama from the [Ben] Hecht – [Charles] Lederer typewriter [that] has the look and feel of a real police lineup. It pulls no punches

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