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Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 24th 2019

Darryl F. Zanuck, the production chief at Twentieth Century Fox for decades, was known for his experience-honed and largely successful picture-making instincts. He was tough, protective and a risk-tak

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Cowboys and Kings

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 11th 2019

On today’s birthday of San Francisco native Delmer Daves (1904-1977), we celebrate two Twilight Time Daves-directed entries from 60 years ago, both startlingly adult and somewhat undervalued in the fi

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The Indelible Mr. Duvall

The Indelible Mr. Duvall

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 5th 2019

In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, historian David Thomson ruminates that “Robert Duvall has worked harder than any of his star contemporaries. He seems likely to remain a treasured support,

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Bring On the Brazen and the Brutal

Bring On the Brazen and the Brutal

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 15th 2018

The year 1967 at the movies seemed to kick into a higher gear in terms of adult content with bolder depictions of violence and sexualized behavior. Urban criminal activity was forcefully addressed wit

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A Tony 50-Year-Old

A Tony 50-Year-Old

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 10th 2017

“In the most effortless performance of his movie career, Frank Sinatra played a character who seemed closer to his real self than any he had ever portrayed.” Biographer James Kaplan makes that asse

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