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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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Georgia on Their Mind

Georgia on Their Mind

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 3rd 2017

Making note of today’s National Georgia Day observance, it’s only fitting that movie lovers should celebrate the state as the Southeastern U.S. center of film and television production it has become

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Keeping Faith with Faulkner

Keeping Faith with Faulkner

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 12th 2017

“The people of Faulkner…the language of Faulkner…the world of Faulkner,” the original one-sheets boasted. But Jerry Wald’s sweat-drenched, star-packed, Cinemascope production, the first screen coll

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Murphy's Interests

Murphy's Interests

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 5th 2017

A familiar screen face for 50 years, Michael Murphy, who celebrates his 79th birthday today, takes his various screen personas in stride. As he told Filmmaker Magazine interviewer Vadim Rizov two y

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The Comeback of Conrack

The Comeback of Conrack

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 27th 2017

When Conrack (1974), the first film adaptation of Pat Conroy’s 1972 memoir The Water Is Wide, opened theatrically 43 years ago today, critical and audience reaction was muted, despite the best effo

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