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Dana Andrews Movies: Film Noir Actor Excelled as Angst-Ridden Characters

Dana Andrews movies: Complex film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. Oftentimes dismissed as no more than a “dependable” or “reliable” leading man, in truth Andrews brought to life complex characters that never quite fit into the mold of Hollywood's standardized heroes – or rather, antiheroes. Unlike the cynical, tough-talking, and (albeit at times self-delusionally) self-confident characters played by the likes of Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and, however lazily, Robert Mitchum, Andrews created portrayals of tortured […]


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Dana Andrews Movies: Film Noir Actor Excelled as Angst-Ridden Characters



Tony Martin Singer Dead at 98

Actor-singer Tony Martin, once married to Fox singing star Alice Faye and the widower of MGM dancer-actress Cyd Charisse, died of “natural causes” at his West Los Angeles home on Friday, July 27. Martin was 98. Tony Martin movies Though never quite a movie star, Tony Martin (born Alvin Morris on Dec. 25, 1913, in San Francisco) was featured in nearly 30 films. Of those, most were programmers or B movies, with only two or three major productions interspersed among them. (And not including Martin's few bits in mid-'30s movies such as Follow the Fleet, Murder on the Bridle Path, and Poor Little Rich Girl.) Initially at 20th Century Fox, Martin had a small but memorable role in Sidney Lanfield's […]


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Tony Martin Singer Dead at 98



'The Gang's All Here': Best Carmen Miranda Musical?

From the moment The Gang's All Here opens with a nightclub production number presented on a stage as big as a football field, Busby Berkeley's fast-paced Technicolor musical delivers the goods. There is dreamy-eyed Alice Faye, handsome eye-candy James Ellison, craggy-voiced Eugene Pallette, fussbudget Edward Everett Horton, Carmen Miranda at her daffiest, Benny Goodman singing “Minnie's in the Money,” and the high-kicking Charlotte Greenwood, whose opening scene is hilarious: the phone rings and she accidentally picks up the cat instead. You first realize that The Gang's All Here is going to be totally absurd when you see Miranda teaching Horton how to dance the “Uncle Samba.” What follows is sheer wartime delirium, courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The plot, in […]


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'The Gang's All Here': Best Carmen Miranda Musical?