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A Grand Hotel on a Cargo Ship

A Grand Hotel on a Cargo Ship

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 22nd 2019

The teaming of two powerful screen presences, Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner, in a World War II-era thriller might at first glance promise a cataclysmic action epic, but the cryptically-titled Morituri

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Traveling in Texas by Foote

Traveling in Texas by Foote

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 12th 2019

Set in the author’s native Texas, The Traveling Lady, a play by Horton Foote (1916-2009), about the wife and daughter of a ne’er-do-well dreamer newly released from jail and their personal struggles t

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Pairs of Dreamers

Pairs of Dreamers

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 29th 2019

Melvin Dummar and Howard Hughes were very real people who may have shared a very real encounter in a Nevada desert, and though the reclusive aviation pioneer/movie studio head/billionaire entrepreneur

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Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 27th 2019

The path from bestselling book to the big screen was, like its title, serpentine, but The Snake Pit (1948) nonetheless emerged as a rare Hollywood product that combined a sincerely crafted exploration

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Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 24th 2019

Darryl F. Zanuck, the production chief at Twentieth Century Fox for decades, was known for his experience-honed and largely successful picture-making instincts. He was tough, protective and a risk-tak

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