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Carol's Cuban Concoction

Carol's Cuban Concoction

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 30th 2018

Born 112 years ago today, the venerable British director Carol Reed (1906-1976) marked his 53rd birthday in noteworthy style with the London world premiere of a distinctively delicious espionage thril

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Giving This Devil Its Due

Giving This Devil Its Due

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 25th 2018

Another eminent birthday celebrated on Christmas is that of Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), another historical personage with a considerable following, and likewise a principled loner with an antiestabli

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Clifton's Final Curtain

Clifton's Final Curtain

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 19th 2018

Born in Indianapolis, IN, 129 years ago today, Webb Parmelee Hollenback developed a flinty intelligence and an artistic sensibility throughout his early years and by age 19, under his new professional

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Heaven, Earth and Huston

Heaven, Earth and Huston

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 6th 2018

Born 112 years ago yesterday, writer/director/raconteur John Huston (1906-1987) always tried to soak up the atmosphere of the screen stories he told on location shoots near and far, familiar and exoti

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Our Man of Mayhem and Heehaw

Our Man of Mayhem and Heehaw

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 29th 2018

Fifty-eight years ago this weekend brought the U.S. opening of another anticipated collaboration between writer Graham Greene and director Carol Reed. “Like The Third Man, Our Man in Havana (1959) w

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