Category Archives: Biography

The Perils Of Pauline (1947)

Betty Hutton uses her manic energy and mugs her way through a biopic that doesn’t tell you a whole lot about Pearl White. She was the biggest star of serials in the nineteen teens in “The Perils Of Pauline.” The … Continue reading

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Wiretapper (1955)

Biopic about wiretapper Jim Vaus,Jr. based on his book “Why I Left Organized Crime.” It’s actually an hour and twenty-five minute commercial for the Billy Graham Crusade. Jim (Bill Williams) is a Captain in the army in 1945. He faithfully … Continue reading

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Duffy Of San Quentin (1954)

This has to be the most unrealistic and white washed prison biopics ever. It’s presented as the story of San Quentin Warden Clinton T. Duffy. According to this he will surely be elevated to sainthood and should have been the … Continue reading

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Time Is All You’ve Got (1985)

A must for fans of the Big Band Era and Artie Shaw. This two hour TV documentary focuses on the life of Artie Shaw and features, among others, Buddy Rich, Mel Torme and Helen Forrest. This is a great show. … Continue reading

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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Never let the facts get in the way of a biopic. I’m surprised Babe Ruth wasn’t put up for sainthood after watching this version of his life. I did enjoy William Bendix work his way through this sanitized revision of … Continue reading

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The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Never let history get in the way of a biopic. Despite that the music is great and the movie is very entertaining even if “facts” are made up for dramatic purposes. A number of musical greats appear as themselves. All … Continue reading

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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

James Stewart is Alton Glenn Miller in this biopic that, like most biopics, plays with history. That doesn’t take away from the Miller story or the Miller music. Musicians appearing as themselves include Gene Krupa, Louis Armstrong, Barney Bigard, Babe … Continue reading

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