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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wall Street Meets Hollywood

With all this talk about bankers and finance in the news of late, Matinee at the Bijou posted a relevant double feature.  Money Madness discusses Hollywood's portrayals of bankers and other men of means in film (think Mr. Potter in It's A Wonderful Life).  In Hollywood Babylon to Wall Street Jungle, MATB reveals the second career of actor Richard Ney.  He played Greer Garson's son in Mrs. Miniver, and her husband in real life, at least for a time.  His second career was that of a successful author on the financial world.
In the early 1960s, Ney began transitioning out of the film and TV entertainment business and into something else altogether. With an economics and public finance degree from Columbia University in New York, he opted to move into the financial world. But instead of just being a financial consultant or market advisor, Ney started writing about Wall Street, achieving national notoriety for accurately predicting the 1962 stock market crash.

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