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Reliable, Relatable Arthur

Reliable, Relatable Arthur

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 29th 2018

Possessed of a natural charm that made human fallibility into a strength, the dictionary-definition character actor Arthur O’Connell (1908-1981) was a reliable screen presence for more than 35 years

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Jean's Great Expectations

Jean's Great Expectations

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 31st 2018

In The Great Movie Stars: The International Years, film historian David Shipman echoed the thought of many movie fans regarding today’s birthday honoree, who would have turned 89: “Jean Simmons [19

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Love and Kisses...Not

Love and Kisses...Not

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 27th 2017

Sixty years ago, Twentieth Century Fox made its share of movies involving comic and serious romances both natural and spicy, among them An Affair to Remember, Boy on a Dolphin, A Farewell to Arms,

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April Remakes

April Remakes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 7th 2017

Going in Style, opening in theaters nationwide today, is part of a long Hollywood tradition of remakes whose material is “refreshed” and “restyled” with a later generation of actors and its plot ab

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Widmark's Wide Mark

Widmark's Wide Mark

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 26th 2016

Born the day after Christmas 102 years ago, Richard Widmark (1914-2008) was considered reliable, pliable, tough and plain-spoken among Hollywood leading men, pitching woo, exuding menace, riding the

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