As Time Goes By

The passage of time prepares one with a sense of acceptance for the death of admired personages; this musing is more of a personal “coming-to-grips” with the approaching finale to an era of popular culture that will shortly reside solely in films, books, the Internet...

Percy

No actor exemplified the downtrodden film noir schlemiel better than Percy Helton. If his hunched frame and marsupial-like features weren’t enough to convince audiences of his servile timidity, there was always the unique Helton voice which made his screen...

In the Garment Jungle with Robert Loggia

There are few performers around that exude the instant recognizability that compresses multiple generations of movie lovers into a solitary entity of affection and respect as does Robert Loggia. I must confess that I immediately succumbed as well. When Bob and his...

Cooper, Tracy… and Richard Anderson

I knew Richard Anderson had an impressive acting resume, but I didn’t know how impressive a person he was until I met him Sunday night about an hour before the screening of The People Against O’Hara (1951). Nattily attired in a beige jacket with scarf, we...

The Right Woman for the Wrong Man

Peggy Webber’s part in The Wrong Man (1956) was a brief, but important scene as an insurance company clerk who wrongly identifies Henry Fonda as an armed robber. Her erroneous conclusion provided the impetus that propels an innocent Fonda into the bowels of...