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  1. Robert Ryan ought to be showcased again on TCM. Lonelyhearts was shown in October. The film was widely considered to be a worthy melodrama when it was shown in 1958. In the New York Times on March 5, 1959, esteemed film critic Bosley Crowther called the film "A clearly sincere endeavor to say something moving and profound about the danger of too-quick moral judgments and the virtue of loving thy fellow man is soberly made in Dore Schary's first independent film...Robert Ryan is compelling throughout the better part of the film." A few days later, Crowther felt strongly enough about the fil
  2. Regarding Robert Ryan's performance as the alienated city cop, I applaud all of the comments about him in this forum. Having written his biography, Robert Ryan: A Biography And Critical Filmography, I realize that others share my opinion of him as an actor. In an interview, he once said "I play them as I see them." Perhaps his insights into the soul of man led him to a career in which he could enact what he had perceived in mankind. His Jim Wilson has been called the "original Bad Lieutenant" by one noted film critic, and he was portrayed and dubbed the "Night Watchman Of The Human Heart" by
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