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*contains spoilers Jeff Chandler (1918-61 blood poisoning) was one of the few grey-haired actors to make the Top 20 Box Office stars during the 1950s… He was also reportedly a cross-dresser according to former lover Esther Williams (1921-2013 natural causes) who later said she lied about this fact in her autobiography. Chandler was long dead…

Read more The Cult of Actor Jeff Chandler in The Tattered Dress (1957)

*contains spoilers Director Hugo Fregonese (1908-87 heart attack) had a short career in Hollywood in the 1950s and ended up making international productions before his retirement in the 1970s. His brief Hollywood career working on cheap westerns and crime melodramas, with some epic elements, was bookended by his life in Argentina where he was born…

Read more Director Hugo Fregonese and Savage Pampas (Part One)

One title among the first wave of Cinemascope films from the studio which initiated the process, 20th Century Fox, was Garden of Evil (1954). This western, which is set south of the border, stars Gary Cooper (1901-61 prostate cancer), Susan Hayward (1917-75 lung and brain cancer), Richard Widmark (1914-2008 long illness), and Cameron Mitchell (1918-94…

Read more Director Henry Hathaway’s Garden of Evil (1954)