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 Posted:   Jun 15, 2021 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE IN CROWD is set in the mid-1960s, when teenage high-school student “Del” (Donovan Leitch Jr.) is drawn out of his element on a dare by his peers, to become a dancer on a popular TV music show hosted by “Perry Parker” (Joe Pantoliano). Bruce Kirby has a supporting role as “Morris.”

Mark Rosenthal directed and co-wrote the film, which had an unreleased score by Mark Snow. THE IN CROWD was released in thirty-seven theaters in the Philadelphia area for a short test booking on 5 February 1988, earning $136,567 during that time. However, Orion Pictures opted against any further theatrical release. Instead, the film was released on home video on 22 September 1988.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2021 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Frank LaLoggia wrote, directed, co-produced, and scored the 1988 fantasy-horror film LADY IN WHITE. In the film, an author tells the story of how, as a young boy (Lukas Haas) growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl, "Melissa Ann Montgomery" (Joelle Jacobi). Bruce Kirby had a small role as a cabbie in the film.

Varese Sarabande released LaLoggia's score on LP. It received a CD re-issue in 1995 from SouthEast Records in the Netherlands, and later from Intrada in 2017. Various contemporary sources reported that foreign sales rights recouped approximately ninety percent of the film’s $4.7 million production cost. This was fortunate, since the film grossed only $1.7 million domestically.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2021 - 11:33 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE BIG PICTURE follows film school grad “Nick Chapman” (Kevin Bacon) who thinks his career is made after his award-winning short film, but discovers Hollywood isn't as easy as it seems. Bruce Kirby has a small role as a businessman in the film.

The comedy-drama marked the feature film directorial debut of Christopher Guest. David Nichtern provided the unreleased score. Columbia Pictures picked up the project in turnaround from Paramount, but disliked the film after it was completed. Columbia tried to sell distribution rights to another studio but was unsuccessful. Eighteen companies viewed the film but no offers were made. Columbia’s instincts were good, as the film grossed only $117,000 in theaters.

 Posted:   Jun 16, 2021 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Ty Hardin's last feature film of any note was 1990's BAD JIM. In this western, a trio of men (James Brolin, Richard Roundtree, and John Clark Gable) purchase Billy the Kid's horse, and use it to pass themselves off as Billy's gang. In addition to Hardin, the cast also included western veterans Harry Carey, Jr. and Rory Calhoun. Bruce Kirby had a bit part as a customer in a store.

Clyde Ware wrote and directed the film, which has an unreleased score by "Jamie Sheriff" (Louis Chalif). The 1990 film went directly to video in the U.S.

 Posted:   Jun 16, 2021 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the made-for-television movie PERRY MASON: THE CASE OF THE FATAL FASHION, Valerie Harper played “Dyan Draper,” editor of a well-known fashion magazine, who is infamous for writing columns that destroy other people's careers. She also drives her employees to near-madness with her orders. “Lauren Jeffreys” (Diana Muldaur), editor of another magazine, meets with Dyan and tries unsuccessfully to stop Dyan from writing about her in her next column. Bruce Kirby played “Det. Lt. Brennan” in the film.

Christian I. Nyby II directed the film, which aired on NBC on 24 September 1991. Dick DeBenedictis provided the unreleased score.

 Posted:   Jun 17, 2021 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

INTERLOCKED: THRILLED TO DEATH was a made-for-video erotic thriller that starred Jeff Trachta and Schae Harrison, whose day jobs involved starring in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” The worn plot was about a man whose life gets wrecked by a woman with whom he had a casual "affair" over the Internet. Bruce Kirby had a small role as “Walter” in the 1998 film. Rick Jacobson directed the film, which had music by Don Zelig.

 Posted:   Jun 17, 2021 - 11:41 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

At Vinnie & Angela's neighborhood beauty salon in Rhode Island, frequented by local wise guys, they've added a sideline...a funeral parlor. When "made" boss “Big Tony” (Bruce Kirby) informs them that his sister has died in a skiing accident, Vinnie and Angela proudly offer to prepare the body for funeral. Big Tony gives them a photo to help reconstruct his sister's face for the open casket. Vinnie and Angela, work through the night, knowing that if they screw up... they too will get a Mafia make over. It all happens at VINNIE AND ANGELA’S BEAUTY SALON AND FUNERAL PARLOR.

Suzanne Hunt, Bruce Kirby, and Elaine Pelino in VINNIE AND ANGELA’S BEAUTY SALON AND FUNERAL PARLOR

Gregory Avellone directed this 2000 film, which did not get a theatrical release. John Boegehold provided the unreleased score.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2021 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In CRASH “Officer Ryan” (Matt Dillon), a white police officer, is prejudiced against blacks. Ryan’s racial prejudice is seen when he phones “Shaniqua Johnson” (Loretta Devine), a black woman at the health clinic, and she denies his request to see a different doctor. Ryan rudely replies, “big f—king surprise that is.” He guesses her race by her name, and treats her with contempt. After the phone call, he sexually assaults a black woman, “Christine Thayer” (Thandie Newton), while searching her body for concealed weapons.

Bruce Kirby plays Ryan’s father, “Pop Ryan” in the 2005 film. The story of Officer John Ryan and his father came from a piece of hate mail director Paul Haggis received while he was working as a writer on the television series “Family Law” (1999).

Haggis made his American feature film directorial debut with CRASH. Superb Records released two CDs of music from the film—one of Mark Isham’s score, the other of songs from and inspired by the film. The $6.5 million, “Best Picture” Oscar-winning film grossed $98 million at the worldwide box office.

 Posted:   Jun 19, 2021 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Over a 50-year career, spent mainly in television, Bruce Kirby became one of the more recognizable character actors in Hollywood. Farewell, Bruce.

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