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The Prides of March

The Prides of March

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 31st 2017

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, 120 years ago today, Fred Bickel – professional name Fredric March (1897-1975) – “is a good instance of the durable leading man, much relied upon by major studios, but ne

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Mother's Birthday Wishes

Mother's Birthday Wishes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 12th 2017

The cusp of Mother’s Day weekend also brings the confluence of today marking the birthday of three gifted ladies who played mothers memorably coping with difficult homestead situations in a trio of

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Julie's Christmas Gifts

Julie's Christmas Gifts

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 2nd 2016

Whether on stage, movie screens or TV displays, watching the luminous, honey-voiced Julie Harris (1925-2013), who would have marked her 91st birthday today, was an event akin to the bestowing of a

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Santa Vittoria's Indomitable Spirit

Santa Vittoria's Indomitable Spirit

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 28th 2016

In the disrupted cinematic landscape that year, producer-director Stanley Kramer’s picturesque, scrupulously populated screen adaptation of Robert Crichton’s World War II-set novel The Secret of Sa

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A Windfall of Words, Thoughts and Connections

A Windfall of Words, Thoughts and Connections

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 12th 2016

When Leslie Uggams’ piercing rendition of Old Time Religion rang out on the soundtrack during the opening credits of Inherit the Wind (1960) on its opening in New York 56 years ago today, it would

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