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Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 24th 2019

Darryl F. Zanuck, the production chief at Twentieth Century Fox for decades, was known for his experience-honed and largely successful picture-making instincts. He was tough, protective and a risk-tak

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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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How This Garden Has Grown

How This Garden Has Grown

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 10th 2017

When it rode into New York moviehouses 63 years ago yesterday, director Henry Hathaway’s brooding and scenically breathtaking Cinemascope and Technicolor Western Garden of Evil (1954), renamed from

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Désirée’s Alluring Charms

Désirée’s Alluring Charms

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 15th 2016

Despite reviews of the Annemarie Selinko source novel by several book reviewers touting it as one of the most dazzling exercises in historical fiction since Gone with the Wind, the movie of Désirée

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Fate Is the Aviator

Fate Is the Aviator

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 8th 2016

As producer/director Clint Eastwood’s Sully,the much-anticipated screen adaptation of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s autobiography Highest Duty (written with Jeffrey Zaslow), takes of

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