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Mary Astor

Thanks to Marie for sharing with me an in depth story about Mary Astor, a top female personality of film during the silent and talkie eras.  Never a “star” which was exactly what she desired . . . as she … Continue reading

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Herb Jeffries – the black Roy Rogers

Back in the 30s and 40s a few cowboy films were made with exclusively black actors and Herb Jeffries, who was already a popular singer was tabbed to be the hero of these films click here

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Wide Screen Projection

Daryl Zanuck was an early advocate of widescreen projection. One of the first things Zanuck did when he returned to Fox in 1944 was to restart the research on a 50mm film, shelved in the early 1930s as a cost-cutting … Continue reading

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Arthur Miller – Director of Photography

Arthur was known as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished lighting cameramen, a master at black and white cinematography.  With 7 Oscar nominations resulting in 3 awards.  He worked exclusively at Fox Films and today we’ll watch The Gunfighter, his second … Continue reading

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All About Eve

On Wednesday, Jan 25 at the Palm Theatre, we’ll kick off a short 4 film series highlighting Daryl Zanuck’s accomplishments as a producer.  Wednesday’s film will be “All About Eve”, directed by Joseph Mankiewicz (Ben’s uncle), starring Betty Davis, Ann … Continue reading

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Daryl Zanuck

The Producer!!!  Over 249 IMDB credits.  No one has had more impact on film since 1928 than Daryl Zanuck.  He’s produced some of the most iconic films ever, including All About Eve which was the first film to receive 14 … Continue reading

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The Best Years of Our Lives – 70th Anniversary

Today’s LA Times has a nice piece on Harold Russell, the star of the film who received two Oscars for the same film, today.  Many consider it to be one of the most popular films of all time. Click here

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