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Making the Garden Grand

Making the Garden Grand

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 9th 2018

When patrons filed into Manhattan’s 5,920-seat Roxy Theater to watch the new Garden of Evil (1954) 64 years today, they were prepared to enjoy several familiar and reliable elements. Stars Gary Cooper

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Big-Screen House Call

Big-Screen House Call

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 1st 2018

Fifty years ago, the lavish family musical Doctor Dolittle (1967), starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard Attenborough, had accumulated a healthy nine nominations for the

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Doing a Lot for Dolittle (1): The Mixture

Doing a Lot for Dolittle (1): The Mixture

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 30th 2017

This is the world of Doctor Dolittle (1967), wherein a curmudgeonly Victorian-era English country doctor (first conjured by civil engineer Hugh Lofting in letters home to his children from the Worl

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Positively Cinemascopic

Positively Cinemascopic

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 22nd 2017

For its pictorially lavish first two 1953 Technicolor-hued releases in the breakthrough widescreen stereophonic-sound format of Cinemascope, Twentieth Century Fox went with historical pageantry in T

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