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Book vs. Film Wars ~ The Postman Always Rings Twice

Another installment in the blog battle between a classic book and the film it spawned.   The book is always better than the film, they say. I say it too. All the time. So, with this truism in mind, I … Continue reading

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Book vs. Film Wars ~ The Desperate Hours

Another installment in the blog battle between a classic book and the film it spawned. My sister once remarked that, “Whenever you have a movie about people who take other people hostage in their own homes, you usually have ‘a … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ White Heat

White Heat Released September 3, 1949 Warner Bros. 114 minutes Screenplay: Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, based on a story by Virginia Kellogg Director: Raoul Walsh Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien Adding Character: Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven Released December 20, 1945 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation 110 minutes Screenplay: Jo Swerling, based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams Director: John M. Stahl Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde Adding … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ The Searchers

The Searchers Released March 13, 1956 Warner Bros. 119 minutes Screenplay: Frank S. Nugent & Alan Le May, from the Alan Le May novel Director: John Ford Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood Adding Character: Ward Bond, Vera Miles, … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ On Dangerous Ground

On Dangerous Ground Released December 17, 1951 RKO PicturesWord 82 minutes Screenplay: A.I. Bezzerides; based on the novel Mad with Much Heart by Gerald Butler Adaptation: A.I. Bezzerides and Nicholas Ray Directors: Nicholas Ray; Ida Lupino (uncredited) Stars: Robert Ryan, … Continue reading

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