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The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 2nd 2018

The 26-movie legacy of director Martin Ritt (1914-1990), born 104 years ago today, utilized virtuosic acting, writing and technical talent as varied as they come, but film buffs and scholars have a

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Yul's Faulkner Exception

Yul's Faulkner Exception

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 18th 2016

At this time during the years 1951, 1952, 1953, 1977, 1978 and 1985, the great Yul Brynner could be seen on a Broadway stage, playing his signature Tony®- and Academy Award®-winning role of King Mon

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Reckoning with Robson / The Northern Route

Reckoning with Robson / The Northern Route

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 4th 2015

Born 102 years ago today in Montreal, Mark Robson (1913-1978) – like his fellow RKO alumnus Robert Wise – had a great mentor, producer Val Lewton, who saw in both Robson and Wise, then learning the

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Frankly Outspoken

Frankly Outspoken

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 13th 2015

Born 95 years ago tomorrow, Irving Ravetch (1920-2010) was a team player whose screenplay collaborations with his wife Harriet Frank Jr. (still with us at age 98) resulted in several profoundly movi

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