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A Fitting “Noir City” Festival Finale

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 8, 2012 12:54 AM
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I always look forward to the film noir festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. This year’s finale on Sunday night featured the eloquent, ever-youthful Marsha Hunt (who, incredibly, is 94) talking about her career after watching a film she made in 1949 and never saw before:' Mary Ryan, Detective'. It’s not a rediscovered classic, but a well-made Columbia B movie about a female cop who goes undercover to bust a stolen-jewelry racket.

Valentine Pin-Ups

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 14, 2012 1:00 AM
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In the old days of the Hollywood studio system, stars and starlets under contract learned that their “free time” between movies would be taken up by interviews, appearances, and posing for publicity photos. These often-silly pictures were gobbled up by newspapers and magazines around the world, adding to the public’s awareness of the players, especially up-and-comers. They’re great fun to see all these years later. Today’s sampling celebrates Valentine’s Day in typical (and sometimes not-so-typical) pin-up fashion. First up: Marsha Hunt, in a demure pose for Paramount in 1936, when she was about to make her second movie, Desert Gold, with Larry “Buster” Crabbe and Robert Cummings. No one could have envisioned that the former Powers model would turn out to be a sensitive, intelligent actress…and to this day one of the most gracious women in Hollywood.

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