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The Cameraman and the Count

The Cameraman and the Count

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 18th 2018

Today marks the dual birthday of two men who gave the The Barefoot Contessa (1954) her breathtaking screen life and tragic death. Arriving in theaters 64 years ago this month, The Barefoot Contessa&nb

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Making the Garden Grand

Making the Garden Grand

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 9th 2018

When patrons filed into Manhattan’s 5,920-seat Roxy Theater to watch the new Garden of Evil (1954) 64 years today, they were prepared to enjoy several familiar and reliable elements. Stars Gary Cooper

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Inferno's Heat

Inferno's Heat

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 10th 2017

After her femme-fatale cred was clearly established via her duplicitous dames in Out of the Past (1947) and Cry Danger (1951) and her striking redheaded beauty marked her as a Technicolor natural i

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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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Roll Along, Rita

Roll Along, Rita

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 27th 2016

W. Somerset Maugham’s scandalous creation Sadie Thompson – from his 1921 short story Rain – has always been a temptation to composers and lyricists striving to give her song-and-dance chops in addi

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