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Richard Widmark Centennial

24 Dec

Richard Widmark would have turned 100 this coming Friday, December 26, 2014. He died only six years ago on March 24, 2008, at the age of 93, having outlived 95% of his co-stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. (Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Robert Wagner and Doris Day are among the few who have outlived him and are still with us. Lauren Bacall outlived him by six years.) Widmark had a solid career as a leading man in Hollywood from the late 1940s to the early 1970s before turning to character parts (and the occasional TV movie lead) in the 1970s to early ’90s. His last movie role was in TRUE COLORS (1991) and his last TV role was the male lead in COLD SASSY TREE (1989).

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The Art of the Film Still, Pt. 2: THE LAW AND JAKE WADE (1958)

21 Mar

Second in this series is a color still from THE LAW AND JAKE WADE (1958), an MGM production directed by John Sturges (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN). I only recently recorded the movie off Encore’s Western Channel and re-watched it for the first time in decades.

As you can see, the still shows a nighttime scene shot on a soundstage with studio lighting and an artificial backdrop. The actors are, L-R, Patricia Owens, Richard Widmark, and Robert Taylor.

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