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Filling in the Ellipses

Filling in the Ellipses

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 22nd 2018

Seventy-four years ago this month, Kathleen Winsor’s 972-page historical novel Forever Amber, a well-detailed and highly sexy novel about a 17th-century courtesan’s rise from an orphaned country girl

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Forever Ravishing

Forever Ravishing

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 5th 2017

Twentieth Century Fox reportedly paid $200,000 for the rights to a somewhat scandalous but ferociously popular historical novel, and were in turn ready to foot a $5-million budget to bring it to th

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Giving to Exhaustion

Giving to Exhaustion

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 30th 2017

When one examines the list of 110+ movies made featuring today’s Turner Classic Movies Summer Under the Stars Festival honoree George Sanders (1906-1972), it’s no wonder that biographer Richard Van

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Yul Rules

Yul Rules

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 11th 2017

Once he became immortalized – and a Tony® and Academy Award® winner – as 19th-century King Mongkut of Siam in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s stage and screen versions of The King and I, Yul Brynner (1920

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Firing on All Cylinders: Man Hunt

Firing on All Cylinders: Man Hunt

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 13th 2017

German expatriate Fritz Lang didn’t initiate his sixth American film. It was a Twentieth Century Fox project that the studio first offered to its then-resident master moviemaker John Ford, who pass

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