The Paper Chase (1978–1986)
Corey Allen, who has died aged 75, belonged to that category of film actors who became famous by association. Allen played Buzz Gunderson, the motorcycle gang leader in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), opposite James Dean as Jim Stark. Since the recent death of his one-time room-mate Dennis Hopper, Allen was the last survivor among the leading performers in the film. Dean died in a car crash shortly before its release, and Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo also died prematurely.
Buzz was a relatively small role, but an extremely significant and memorable one. Wearing a leather jacket and white T-shirt, which clashes with Jim's bright red jacket, Buzz challenges him to a "chicken run" – driving two stolen cars towards the edge of a seaside bluff at high speed, with the first one to
Robert Ginty, 60, had a varied career as an actor and director in TV, film and on stage but he was best known as the star of 1980 film The Exterminator.
He appeared in TV shows The Paper Chase and Falcon Crest and 1980s films like Warrior of the Lost World, The Alchemist and the Exterminator sequel. He also appeared in classic 1978 movie Coming Home
Ginty wrote, directed and appeared in The Bounty Hunter in 1989 and produced, directed and acted in Vietnam, Texas a year later.
Manning died on 31 August at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
The star made his Broadway debut in the 1941 hit comedy Junior Miss, before opening in Broadway's Harriet in 1943 and later taking on roles as Roderigo in Othello and as Tweedledee in Eva Le Gallienne’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
Manning also appeared in the original Broadway cast of the 1965 musical Do I Hear a Waltz? by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents.
He enjoyed small screen success performing in a critically acclaimed TV adaptation of Hamlet and with a starring role in The Paper Chase.
He also racked up a number of guest appearances on TV programmes Studio One, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Here’s Lucy, Kojak and The Waltons, among others.
His film credits include Walk East on Beacon, Where’s Poppa?, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid and The Great Waldo Pepper.
Manning went on to teach acting at his own studios in New York and Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Ann Smith, a son, two daughters, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Let The Right One In (Magnolia) An awkward 12 year-old boy, ignored by his mother and the target of bullies, finds himself drawn to his new neighbor: a girl his own age who only appears at night, and seems herself to be as lonely an outcast as he. Haunting film from Sweden is best described as The 400 Blows meets Nosferatu, and contains some of the most haunting imagery of any film in recent memory. Truly a unique and memorable work. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Featurette; Photo and poster gallery. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.
Paramount Centennial Collection Paramount offers two more classic titles, restored, remastered and loaded with extras. Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief stars Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief trying to enjoy his sunset years on the French Riviera with a minimum of drama, until he catches the eye of a high-maintenance heiress (Grace Kelly,
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