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SUPPORTING ACTOR SUNDAY — VIRGINIA LEITH

VIRGINIA LEITH (1925-2019)An intriguingly persuasive and hauntingly beautiful actress who never got her due. Her debut performance was in Stanley Kubrick’s first picture, FEAR AND DESIRE. The very next year, she had a striking supporting role in Nunnally Johnson’s BLACK WIDOW, but her real mark in cinema history was made in 1962, when she starred as the severed head in the pan in THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE. She died this month, at the age of 94.

MEETING JAMES M. CAIN

When the AFI scheduled a screening of DOUBLE INDEMNITY and said that Cain would be there in person, I had to go. I’d seen INDEMNITY before, of course, but never in a theater. And certainly never in the presence of the Master himself.