In Fast Company

I know a lot of people complain about some movie series’ getting out-of-control with the number of sequels, but there is a part of me that enjoys getting to revisit characters again and again. Quite frankly, today’s film series are nothing compared to the number of instalments that we saw in the classic film era.... Continue Reading →

The Escape Artist

As a puppeteer, I have many friends who are involved in other unique art forms. Ventriloquists, clowns, mimes, storytellers, and, of course, magicians. Over the years I have picked up a few, very easy, tricks. For the most part, though, much of what my magician friends do is still a mystery to me...which is as... Continue Reading →

Live Wires

I grew up on the Our Gang comedies. They were a summertime staple on Chicago television during the 70’s and 80’s. I loved the personalities and camaraderie of the gang. I think that’s why now, as an adult who is interested in the wide world of movie history, I’ve found myself drawn to The Bowery... Continue Reading →

Spooks Run Wild

In 1937, Samuel Goldwyn brought to the screen the popular Broadway play “Dead End.”  The play featured a group of young actors in supporting roles, many of whom were brought to Hollywood appear in the film.  The group, dubbed “The Dead End Kids,” proved to be very popular and more movies followed.  The group changed... Continue Reading →

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