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A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 25th 2018

Chance encounters paved the way to movie careers for many notable performers, all with a modicum of talent and a great deal of hope. In the case of Sydney, Australia, native Jeanette Elphick, born 83

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Our Novak Valentine

Our Novak Valentine

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 14th 2018

For a Valentine’s Day remembrance, we salute one of the silver screen’s loveliest and underestimated actresses, the captivating Kim Novak, who turned 85 yesterday. Film historian David Thomson fall

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Turning 60: This Thing Called Duchin

Turning 60: This Thing Called Duchin

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 21st 2016

Done with adept casting and respectful celebration of their subject’s musical legacy, bandleader biographies enjoyed a certain vogue in the 1950s from Clifton Webb in the John Philip Sousa chronicl

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Power Surge

Power Surge

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 5th 2016

"He said many times, he became a movie star long before he became an actor. So he sort of hit the jackpot at a very early age and instead of just riding the roller coaster, he kept trying to get bet

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Merry Joeymas

Merry Joeymas

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 25th 2015

On Christmas night in 1940, Broadway musicals got a bit more grown-up with the arrival of a show with a book by John O’Hara, a score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, direction by the canny George

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