Guest Post | Classic Actor Spotlight: Richard Widmark – Consummate Utility Infielder

Greetings all and sundry! And allow me this opportunity to state that those rumors of my being deodar mysteriously abducted by aliens have been grossly exaggerated. Though, I have endured two side trips to Northern Virginia's massive, expansive Mother Ship of Specialized Medicines, INOVA (A sub state unto itself. With superior doctors and eerily always …

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Guest Post: Spotlight on Darren McGavin – Master Character Actor!

Greetings all and sundry! After a few weeks of laying low and perusing vicariously the wares of various film festivals supplied by our Hostess, Ruth. I decided to embrace a wave of nostalgia. Break open a fresh set of digging clothes. Brain bucket, miner's light, tools. And a few carafes of coffee. To plumb a …

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Character Actor Spotlight: Powers Boothe Part II – Meeting and Exceeding Expectations

Greetings and all sundry! Having covered the early career (read Part I on Mr. Boothe) of this exceptional character actor. Allow me to proffer a bit more than a glimpse at this tradesman's ascent from better than standard fare. To the comfortable position of being a rising "Go To Guy" when a solid character. Either …

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Character Actor Spotlight: Powers Boothe – Setting a Foundation

Greetings and all sundry! Having taken advantage of a welcome break in the weather and adjusting to more than a few days of temperature above 45 degrees. I've allowed my mind to roam and return to the idea of multi guest posts "arcs". Regarding the well established career of a possibly second tier actor, who …

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Sidney Pollack Blogathon: Castle Keep (1969)

This post is part of the Sydney Pollack Blogathon spearheaded by Ratnakar of Seetimaar - Diary of a Movie Lover Blog. Check out his blog for more posts on the acclaimed director. Greetings, all and sundry! After a brief, enjoyable respite between guest posts. I've been asked by our hostess, Ruth to add my unique …

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Classic Double Feature: Shadow of a Doubt (1943) & Compulsion (1959)

Greetings, all and sundry! Allow me a few moments of your time in indulge the nostalgia of my youth. And broach a topic very close to my some may say, misspent early years. The Classic Double Feature. Usually reserved for Saturday matinees in the more austere theaters of the day. More often than not, theme …

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Classic Actor Spotlight: Walter Matthau – Finding What Works

Greeting once again! Given the positive response to the early works of one of great ensemble character and lead actors of the latter part of the 20th century. I've decided to expound a bit upon the arena and offerings in which he is so fondly recognized, empathized with and remembered. Putting those roles and films …

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Classic Actor Spotlight: Walter Matthau – Showing his Chops

Greetings and all sundry! Given the success of my earlier three article arc on the career of Jack Lemmon. And to steal a suggestion from Nostra. Allow me a few moments of your time to focus some attention and love towards a consummate character actor. Utilized and cozily comfortable as part of an ensemble or …

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Classic Flix Spotlight: Steve McQueen – Acting vs Reacting

Greeting all and sundry! After the wonderful comments and responses to my previous 'First Impressions from Second Stringers'. I've decided to take a few moments to delve into the allure and mystique of an actor who for years applied his talent and trade into the consistent definition and refinement of his several characters on television. …

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Classic List: The Women of Howard Hawks

Greetings, all and sundry. After finishing my three post 'arc' highlighting the career of Jack Lemmon, I've decided to delve and poke around a bit in the arena of Classics. And cast some light upon the easily known and often unsung heroines. Who plied their beauty, moxie and craft to make their often secondary roles …

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