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A Dark Directorial Debut

A Dark Directorial Debut

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 2nd 2018

Newly ensconced at Twentieth Century Fox in the fall of 1943, writer/producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz wrote the following commentary about a soon-to-be-published Gothic novel the studio was considering

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The Andrews Enigma

The Andrews Enigma

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 2nd 2017

Welcome to 2017. The year just passed would likely not earn glowing reviews for its performance, and during his lifetime of sturdy and compelling characterizations, the quietly great Dana Andrews (

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Polka Dot Raksin

Polka Dot Raksin

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 4th 2016

Like several maestros who would ascend to the top rank of film composers, David Raksin (1912-2004), born this day 104 years go, put in several years as an apprentice arranger, orchestrator and cond

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Preminger Hits the Pavement

Preminger Hits the Pavement

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 25th 2016

While working on the bruising film noir Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), producer/director Otto Preminger was breaking free of the patterns of his life as a prominent studio filmmaker. The protagonis

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