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Confederacy of Rebels

Confederacy of Rebels

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 6th 2018

Director Nicholas Ray, fresh from the bold genre reinvention of Johnny Guitar (1954), the box-office success of Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and the critical acclaim of Bigger Than Life (1956), owed a

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Wondering About Mr. Raft

Wondering About Mr. Raft

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 26th 2018

Quintessential tough guy George Raft (1901-1980), born 117 years ago today and almost exclusively typed as a movie gangster or principled but shady character (riveting roles in Scarface (1932), E

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Alternative Orient

Alternative Orient

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 19th 2018

Rex Harrison as a randy, egotistical, avant-garde concert pianist, Hayley Mills as one of two imaginative private school student gal pals who romantically idolize him, and in the director’s chair G

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Religious Experience

Religious Experience

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 29th 2017

To its producer/co-screenwriter, The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), a prestigious screen version of A.J. Cronin’s 1941 book that premiered in New York 73 years ago today, was the inaugural production

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Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part Three

Christmas Presents of 1952 – Part Three

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 26th 2017

Running 65 years ago today in The New York Times, Bosley Crowther’s affirmative-with-mild-reservations review of the newly opened screen adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s romantic period thriller My

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