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Today in Movie History: October 19

In light of the political shitstorm currently eating our country alive, the soothing balm of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington can do a lot of good for your blood pressure. Jimmy Stewart is pitch-perfect as a naïve young man appointed to a U.S. Senate seat, who does pitched battle against the systematic corruption trying to mold him to its whim. Of course, …

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Today in Movie History: September 6

Another quiet day, save for two very notable exceptions. Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, long considered one of his greatest, pits Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant against fugitive Nazis in a tale of romance and danger. Its dark and complex sexual politics helped it stand out from other thrillers of the day, as well as providing Bergman with a welcome alternative to the nice-girl …

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Today in Movie History: November 13

It was a busy day for movie openings.  Claude Rains terrorized the English countryside in The Invisible Man (1933); Robert Mitchum faced down Kirk Douglas in the noir classic Out of the Past (1947); Steven Spielberg launched his career with Duel (1971); Arnold Schwarzenegger demonstrated how to completely butcher a Stephen King novel in The Running Man; Martin Scorsese delivered …