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The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980)

Biopic Theater returns to its roots this week with the 1980 made-for-television exploration into the life of Jayne Mansfield.  We also see a return to the leading lady we started this series with: Loni Anderson.  As I mentioned in my original review of White Hot: The Thelma Todd Story, Anderson […]

Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

**This is my contribution to The Movie Projector’s James Cagney Blogathon.  You can visit and read the other submissions here.** I always enjoy participating in actor/actress blogathons as they finally force me to open up those individual DVDs I purchased months ago.  My choice for the James Cagney blogathon also […]

Beyond the Sea (2004)

I’m not sure what the parameters are for biopics that focus on singers/actors, or if I should even include them.  I mean do I include the myriad of Elvis biopics, or just the ones that focus on the films, etc?  I’ll make this week’s choice a test case, and you […]

Hitchcock (2012)

Last year kicked off a wave of Hollywood biopics that don’t look to abate into 2013.  Hitchcock was one of two films about the legendary director that arrived in 2012.  I reviewed HBO’s television movie, The Girl, which detailed Hitch’s relationship with Tippi Hedren when it aired and found it […]

The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004)

It seems I’ve unintentionally fallen into getting these out every other week, and I hope that changes soon.  Either way, this week’s biopic is one I’ve been excited to review.  The Mystery of Natalie Wood is a misnomer because there’s never any mystery to be solved.  Is it a mystery […]

RKO 281 (1999)

  I dove into the HBO series of biopics with The Life and Death of Peter Sellers a few weeks ago.  I applaud HBO for having consistently high quality in the scripts, locations, and acting choices that I saw first in the Peter Sellers story, and that I saw in […]