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The Prides of March

The Prides of March

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 31st 2017

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, 120 years ago today, Fred Bickel – professional name Fredric March (1897-1975) – “is a good instance of the durable leading man, much relied upon by major studios, but ne

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Mining Musical Gold

Mining Musical Gold

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 13th 2017

After breaking into films via B-pictures and some wonderful Gerald McBoing Boing animated shorts, Vienna-born composer/conductor Ernest Gold (1921-1999), whose 96th birthday is marked today, enjoye

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Santa Vittoria's Indomitable Spirit

Santa Vittoria's Indomitable Spirit

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 28th 2016

In the disrupted cinematic landscape that year, producer-director Stanley Kramer’s picturesque, scrupulously populated screen adaptation of Robert Crichton’s World War II-set novel The Secret of Sa

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A Windfall of Words, Thoughts and Connections

A Windfall of Words, Thoughts and Connections

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 12th 2016

When Leslie Uggams’ piercing rendition of Old Time Religion rang out on the soundtrack during the opening credits of Inherit the Wind (1960) on its opening in New York 56 years ago today, it would

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Dreaming of Gene and Barbara

Dreaming of Gene and Barbara

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 24th 2016

Genies bestowing their magic on us mere mortals marked birthdays yesterday, each gracing a pair of memorable movies in the Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray registry. Born 104 years ago, dancer/choreogra

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