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Johnny Be Thankful

Johnny Be Thankful

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 23rd 2017

Among the blessings evoking expressions of gratitude this Thanksgiving Day, one to add to the list is appreciation of the legacy of the legendary Johnny Mandel, marking his 92nd birthday today. A co

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Birthday Medley

Birthday Medley

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 6th 2017

Three formidable figures in the music and film scoring worlds share today as a birthday, and the voluminous variety they represent augur an occasion for triumphant classical fanfares, scintillating

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Black Comedy Mother Lode

Black Comedy Mother Lode

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 17th 2016

For over 50 years, Beverly Garland (1926-2008), born 90 years ago today, was a memorable go-to mother for many a TV series, from The Bing Crosby Show and My Three Sons to Scarecrow and Mrs. King an

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What Hayward Wanted

What Hayward Wanted

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 3rd 2016

“Susan Hayward was a trouper who never saw any reason to do anything other than sock it to us,” film historian David Thomson wrote in The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. “It is a credit to her

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