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A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 25th 2018

Chance encounters paved the way to movie careers for many notable performers, all with a modicum of talent and a great deal of hope. In the case of Sydney, Australia, native Jeanette Elphick, born 83

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Our Novak Valentine

Our Novak Valentine

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 14th 2018

For a Valentine’s Day remembrance, we salute one of the silver screen’s loveliest and underestimated actresses, the captivating Kim Novak, who turned 85 yesterday. Film historian David Thomson fall

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Jerry's Moviemaking Run

Jerry's Moviemaking Run

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 15th 2017

Marking today’s 106th birthday of studio executive/screenwriter/producer Jerry Wald (1911-1962), one asks: “What made Jerry Wald run?” Across 30 years of remarkable stints at four Hollywood studios

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Crimson Career Christening

Crimson Career Christening

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 16th 2017

Tomorrow marks what would have been the 88th birthday of a Hawaiian-born entertainment icon of Japanese ancestry, who studied drama at New York University, cultivated a burgeoning singing career in

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Siegel's Edge

Siegel's Edge

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 12th 2017

“Schooled in the tough, no-nonsense Warner Bros. tradition of Raoul Walsh and Howard Hawks,” Peter Bogdanovich wrote in his 1997 interview compilation Who the Devil Made It, Don “Siegel over the yea

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