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Ann Miller films

Ann Miller headshot
A list of the films with the talented Ann Miller – a great dancer, who was able to act well in both comedy and drama roles.
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Dick Van Dyke biography

Dick Van Dyke in a 1959 publicity photo
Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer, whose entertainment career has spanned seven decades.
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Houdini 1998

Houdini (1998) starring Johnathon Schaech, Stacy Edwards, Mark Ruffalo
Houdini (1998) starring Johnathon Schaech, Stacy Edwards, Mark Ruffalo Recently, I watched the 1998 Houdini TV biography; I was interested to see how it stood up to other Houdini biographies I’ve seen, such as 1950’s Houdini biography with Tony Curtis, or the more recent Houdini with  Adrien Brody. In my opinion,...
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Houdini, Adrien Brody

Houdini – History Channel biography of Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody
Houdini – History Channel biography of Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody Once, many years ago in the Bloom County comic strip, Opus the penguin was writing a movie review, which read in part: “This bad film just oozed rottenness from every bad scene –simply bad beyond beyond all...
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Harry Houdini biography

Houdini, Portrait at Age 32
Biography of Harry Houdini (1874-1926) Houdini means “escape artist or other ingenious person,” according to the dictionary.  Harry Houdini epitomizes that, of course, as the man who created the field of escape artistry, as well as becoming the most famous magician of his day, and equally well known for...
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Houdini, starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh

Tony Curtis gives a winning performance as the great Houdini, the struggling circus performer who emerged as the world s most captivating magician and escape artist. From his beginnings as a wild man carnival act to the internationally famous feat of escaping from a locked trunk in an...
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The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre
The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre Editorial review of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre courtesy of Amazon.com Often typecast as a menacing figure, Peter Lorre achieved Hollywood fame first as a featured player and later as a character actor, trademarking his screen performances with...
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Boris Karloff biography

Boris Karloff doing his children's radio show at WNEW
William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 — 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English  actor. He was widely known for his roles in horror films, particularly for his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931),  Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son...
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Nan Grey

Nan Gray in Dracula's Daughter
Biography of Nan Grey (July 25, 1918 – July 25, 1993) Nan Grey was born Eschal Loleet Grey Miller on July 25, 1918 in Houston, Texas.  Onn a vacation to Hollywood with her mother, a friend persuaded her to take a screen test.  She began a career in...
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Peter Cushing biography

Peter Cushing as Dr. Franck, Frankenstein's new alias -- and new body as well
Peter Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913 — 11 August 1994) was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the...
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