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Evil Incarnate

Evil Incarnate

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 28th 2017

When it premiered 70 years ago yesterday in New York, Kiss of Death (1947) could have just registered as an assembly-line studio noir from a craftsmanlike director (Henry Hathaway) and smartly attu

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Fantastic Ford

Fantastic Ford

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 21st 2017

The enduring star saluted in Turner Classic Movies’ day-long Summer Under the Stars tribute tomorrow is the great Glenn Ford, whose filmography could certainly and entertainingly extend well beyond

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Fellowship of the Ring

Fellowship of the Ring

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 26th 2017

Real lives are often shabby, dimly lit and lonely, but they can still have dreams and still be the stuff of rich storytelling. Director John Huston and producer Ray Stark recognized and realized th

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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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Saluting the Anti-Star

Saluting the Anti-Star

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 1st 2017

On September 1, 2006, long-time Hollywood columnist Bob Thomas wrote in the Los Angeles Times of a beloved Canadian-born but dyed-in-the-wool American actor who died just two days prior: “He never

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