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Double Indemnity

October 22, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
James Cain's reputation rests on his novels that were made into films: "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildred Pierce," "Double Indemnity." Some fans rank him with Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but this rather sloppy murder mystery lacks Hammett's understated elegance and Chandler's flair for striking imagery. A tale of murder, divorce and scandal involving a Hollywood movie star, "Sinful Woman" reads like a parody of '30s crime fiction.
October 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robert F. O'Neill, 86, a longtime television producer who won an Emmy Award in 1974 for a "Columbo" episode that was part of "The NBC Mystery Movie" series, died from complications of colon cancer Oct. 23 at his home in West Hills, publicist Frank Tobin said. After starting at Desilu Productions and moving to Universal Television in the 1960s, O'Neill was a producer for numerous episodes of "Columbo," "Mission: Impossible," "The Sixth Sense," "Quincy, M.E." and "Murder, She Wrote."
March 1, 1992
Times film critic Kenneth Turan invites you to match the movie with the city in which it took place. Answers are below.
August 20, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
Ryan and Tatum O'Neal (pictured) are one of the most charming couples-on-the-run ever to hit the screen in Peter Bogdanovich's black-and-white 1973 Depression-era comedy. Set in the Midwest, the film offers O'Neal as a con man who latches on to a smart-alecky--and Oscar-winning--Tatum, his real-life daughter (Bravo Saturday at 6 p.m., again at midnight). Other four-star films airing this week: Jules and Jim / Bravo, Monday, 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. Double Indemnity / Disney, Monday, 9 p.m.
February 19, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
Bob Rafelson's film from a script by Adrien Joyce (Carole Eastman) is one of the key films of the '70s. It stars Jack Nicholson as a feckless drifter who has forsaken his highly refined family of gifted musicians to work as an oil-field roughneck. Still, he yearns to return home, and this 1970 film becomes an odyssey of self-discovery, touching upon the rootlessness and dissatisfaction of contemporary life. It's sad but often outrageously funny (KCOP Saturday at 2:30 a.m.).
October 19, 1997 | Michael Wilmington
The last hours of an alcoholic British consul--an impossible romantic whose marriage is crushed, whose soul is rotting--on the Day of the Dead in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Based on Malcolm Lowry's great novel, cannily directed by John Huston; with a performance of sodden, magnificent grandeur by Albert Finney (pictured) as the consul and a sympathetic portrayal of his hard-pressed wife by Jacqueline Bisset (pictured) (Bravo Saturday at 6 and 10 p.m.).
January 5, 1997
"Read Any Good Movies, Lately" by Joseph Hanania (Dec. 18) portrays Scenario, the Magazine of the Screenwriting Art, as the really only game in town for publishing multiple screenplays (four in each quarterly issue). Let me correct the record. I am Sam Thomas, a member of the Writer's Guild for almost 30 years, and editor of the ongoing series "Best American Screenplays," published in hardcover by Crown (Random House), now three collections, with a fourth planned. All of these anthologies--the first with a foreword by Frank Capra--are still happily in print since the initial work was published in 1986.
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