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Words Wrought Wide

Words Wrought Wide

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 4th 2018

When it arrived on the scene in October 1953, Cinemascope was ballyhooed for its ability to deliver beautiful single-lens widescreen imagery that would envelop audiences in ways that upstart squarish

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Jean's Great Expectations

Jean's Great Expectations

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 31st 2018

In The Great Movie Stars: The International Years, film historian David Shipman echoed the thought of many movie fans regarding today’s birthday honoree, who would have turned 89: “Jean Simmons [19

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Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part Three

Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part Three

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 26th 2017

Running 65 years ago today in The New York Times, Bosley Crowther’s affirmative-with-mild-reservations review of the newly opened screen adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s romantic period thriller My

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Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part Two

Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part Two

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 25th 2017

Mystery and romance from the pen of a popular author, headlined by a prized actress absent from the screen for three years paired with a promising actor imported from England, comprised the glisten

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The Reluctant Emperor

The Reluctant Emperor

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 17th 2017

Being the most acclaimed and in-demand actor in movies didn’t sit well with Marlon Brando in his banner year of 1954. Although his iconic performance as On the Waterfront’s New York longshoreman Te

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