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Carol's Cuban Concoction

Carol's Cuban Concoction

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 30th 2018

Born 112 years ago today, the venerable British director Carol Reed (1906-1976) marked his 53rd birthday in noteworthy style with the London world premiere of a distinctively delicious espionage thril

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Our Man of Mayhem and Heehaw

Our Man of Mayhem and Heehaw

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 29th 2018

Fifty-eight years ago this weekend brought the U.S. opening of another anticipated collaboration between writer Graham Greene and director Carol Reed. “Like The Third Man, Our Man in Havana (1959) w

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In Which They Serve: Ralph and Gordon Edition

In Which They Serve: Ralph and Gordon Edition

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 19th 2017

Two United Kingdom character acting stalwarts share today as a birthday, one an aristocratic lion cherished as an all-time greats of stage and screen, the other a capable, “regular Joe” veteran who

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Maureen's Men

Maureen's Men

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 17th 2017

One of the Emerald Isle’s most beloved gifts to Hollywood movies, Maureen O’Hara (1920-2015), who would have marked her 97th birthday today, was rather undervalued through the decades among assesso

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The Unquiet Conflicts of The Quiet American

The Unquiet Conflicts of The Quiet American

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 26th 2017

Films derived from well-crafted books nearly always walk a fine line of absolute fidelity to the original author weighed against the needs of cinematic storytelling. One of the most notorious exampl

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