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Johnny Be Thankful

Johnny Be Thankful

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 23rd 2017

Among the blessings evoking expressions of gratitude this Thanksgiving Day, one to add to the list is appreciation of the legacy of the legendary Johnny Mandel, marking his 92nd birthday today. A co

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Mining Musical Gold

Mining Musical Gold

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 13th 2017

After breaking into films via B-pictures and some wonderful Gerald McBoing Boing animated shorts, Vienna-born composer/conductor Ernest Gold (1921-1999), whose 96th birthday is marked today, enjoye

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The Goldsmith Flame

The Goldsmith Flame

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 10th 2017

What the Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray discs of Lilies of the Field (1963), Fate Is the Hunter (1964), The Detective (1968), Under Fire (1983), The Russia House (1990) and The Vanishing (1993) have

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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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