IF: castle

William Castle was Hollywood’s undisputed “King of Gimmicks,” who gave us “Emergo,” “Percepto,” “Illusion-o,” “The Coward’s Corner” and “The Fright Break.” Early in his career, he worked as an associate producer for legendary filmmaker Orson Welles. Castle gained a reputation for his unorthodox promotional techniques and his ability to bring film production in under budget. …

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DCS: whitey bulger

Look, I know Whitey Bulger was a despicable, violent killer. I know he was responsible for at least the 19 murders for which he was convicted, in addition to racketeering, drug dealing and money laundering. But it takes a special kind of evil to beat an 89-year old feeble, wheelchair-bound man to death with a …

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DCS: gail gilmore

At fifteen years of age, Gail Gilmore joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in her native Canada. Later, she taught ballet for a time in upstate New York. For a whirlwind three years, Gail enjoyed a successful acting career. In a short time, she made appearances on the popular television series Mr. Novak, My Three Sons, Perry Mason and Wagon Train. …

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DCS: boston corbett

As a young man, Boston Corbett began working in a hat factory in Troy, New York. He had regular exposure to mercury nitrate used in the production of felt. Boston showed signs of hallucinations, psychosis and twitching. After the death of his wife and child, he began drinking heavily. He was unable to hold a job until an …

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DCS: mary ure

As an elementary school student in her native Scotland, Mary Ure express an interest in acting. In her final year as a student at the Royal Albert Hall’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Mary was offered an opportunity to join the BBC’s Radio Drama Company. She declined. Instead she pursued a successful career on the London …

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DCS: renée adorée

Jeanne de la Fonte began performing with her family in their circus act and drew acclaim throughout her native France and Europe. Just into her 20s, she came to the United States and appeared in a musical revue in Washington DC, using the stage name “Renée Adorée.” The show, Oh Uncle!, was a hit and …

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IF: cat

I loved Batman, the campy cool TV series whose episodes were broadcast twice weekly on ABC for two of its three-season run from 1966 until 1968. Batman, starring Adam West, in his best ultra-suave put-on, featured a “who’s who” of Hollywood notables in guest villain roles throughout the entire 120-episode run. Since the show appealed …

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