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Giving This Devil Its Due

Giving This Devil Its Due

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 25th 2018

Another eminent birthday celebrated on Christmas is that of Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), another historical personage with a considerable following, and likewise a principled loner with an antiestabli

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DFZ's Notes on Casting and the Church

DFZ's Notes on Casting and the Church

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 5th 2017

On the occasion of today’s 115th birthday of long-time studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck (1902-1979), author/film historian’s well-curated 1993 compilation Memo from Darryl F. Zanuck: The Golden Years

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Scenic Seduction

Scenic Seduction

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 18th 2016

When depicting bittersweet romance on screen, it never hurts to have beautifully scenic and gorgeously lensed locations as a backdrop. One can point to Yves Bélanger’s lovely cinematography of the

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Movingly Festive

Movingly Festive

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 6th 2016

The sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival opens its studio gates for four days of big-screen moviegoing in Hollywood at the end of the month. Its theme this year is Moving Pictures, described by F

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The Song of Gladys

The Song of Gladys

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 18th 2015

Gladys Cooper (1888-1971), born this day in 1888, was one of the great beauties of the British stage, growing in acting prowess and critical esteem throughout the first three decades of the 20th ce

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