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Evil Incarnate

Evil Incarnate

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 28th 2017

When it premiered 70 years ago yesterday in New York, Kiss of Death (1947) could have just registered as an assembly-line studio noir from a craftsmanlike director (Henry Hathaway) and smartly attu

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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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Hayward Hits 100

Hayward Hits 100

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 30th 2017

In marking today’s centenary of the birth of a singular and enduring Hollywood star from Brooklyn who was a potent box-office favorite in the 1950s after steadily building a career through persevera

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Hell and High Fuller

Hell and High Fuller

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 4th 2017

In his tough-talking posthumously published 2002 memoir A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking, even as he confessed Hell and High Water (1954) was his least favorite film (“It’

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Kiss of Reality

Kiss of Reality

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 25th 2017

Kiss of Death (1947) is “a hard-hitting, often frightening crime drama from the [Ben] Hecht – [Charles] Lederer typewriter [that] has the look and feel of a real police lineup. It pulls no punches

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