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WHAT FABULOUS TITLE!!!! CAN'T WAIT TO DIVE IN AND SEE WHAT'S WHAT!
Stephen, How could you write a book on one of our greatest Eddie Dean without contacting the one man that has known Eddie the past last several years of Eddie's ife? Don Bradley of Calif. was Eddie's manager and great friend and you missed so many wonderful stories. pictures and awesome information known only by Don that would have been such a plus to your writing this book. I am one who will not purchase this because your book will be lacking a lot of nice things that should have been written about this fine guy.
I give this book a 5 for the story, how interested you got in Dante's life and how you wanted him to succeed. However, for proofreading I have to give it a zero. If you are going to drop names, you need to make sure they are spelled correctly. For someone who's been in baseball, to spell the Pittsburgh Pirates as Pittsburg Pirates (page 20) is almost a sin. It is corrected in later references but it never should have occurred in the first place. For all the stars referenced as good friends, co-stars, or acquaintances, the misspelling of names was extremely distracting for a book that is otherwise well done. For example, Gabby Hayes is referred to as Gaby Hayes; Jayne Mansfield is referred to as Jane Mansfield; Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom was referred to as Slapsy Maxine Rosenblum; and the list goes on It is a shame a book as interesting as this didn't have a better proofreader. For film buffs I would still recommend it.
Author Charles Tranberg has done such a good job on previous books on Fred MacMurray, Agnes Moorehead, and Marie Wilson so I expected a lot from this book and it delivered. Overall, the book premise was excellent. It started with short bios on William Powell and then Myrna Loy. Then it took the first Thin Man film, provided credits, a full synopsis (except for who the murderer was), and then some biographical information on some of the other featured players in the film, followed by the reviews. In turn, each Thin Man film was discussed in this fashion. A lot of the information provided was new to me, especially biographical information on players such as C. Aubrey Smith, Sam Levene, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Anne Revere, Otto Kruger, and many others. The book provides a great companion to all Thin Man films and provides some interesting behind the scenes information.
A thoroughly researched bio on Fred MacMurray, who was always underrated as an actor, and more known to folks today as Steve Douglas on the long running tv series "My Three Sons". This book has plenty of interviews with colleagues and a lot of great photos. The forward is by Don Grady, who played Rob Douglas on My Three Sons. The only thing I would have liked, as with all biographies, is to know what his kids and grandkids are doing.
Well researched book of film star Ann Harding who is largely forgotten today. She was superb in the pre-code films as well as other films of the 30's and 40's. The author provided plenty of references and source material as well as a complete listing of stage, screen, and television credits as well as numerous photos. This is a great example of what a well-written biography should be like.
Hey! What a nice write-up about my book. It's the first time I've read it (I know, I know... "bad Mark, bad") but I sure do like the way it sounds! THANX!! MDW...
Mrs. Cantor had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed this book immensely.
A disappointment authored by two individuals-one an expert on Nolan's films and the other on his personal life. You get very little of either plus poor editing. On page 81, the authors missed a chance to let us know how tall Nolan was when quoting Lynn Bari who would take her heels off and wear bedroom slippers "so she wouldn't photograph taller" than Nolan - so how tall was he? We never found out. On page 97, the author says that Nolan, at age 39, was too old to serve in WWII. Gable was a year older and served. There was no mention of what Nolan did to support the war effort other than one training film. Did he help out at the Hollywood Canteen or do USO tours? On page 240, actor Ty Hardin's name is spelled Ty Harden. I would have liked more info on what made Nolan tick. We found out he was a good man, a good husband, a good father, a good actor, a conservative Republican, a supporter of causes related to autism; but, after reading the book, I still don't know Lloyd Nolan.
This book seemed more about Dennis Devine than his famous dad Andy Devine but it still interesting and provided enough information about Andy to get an idea of what he was like. The chapters are short and there are plenty of photographs. Growing up it seemed like Dennis was mainly on his own but he worked hard for his success. He did not rely on his dad to help him and in fact, Andy seemed somewhat remote from his son except for special fishing trips or events where they traveled together. However, there are some errors in the book: actress Gloria Stuart (Titanic) was referred to as Gloria Stewart and Martha Raye was Martha Ray. It was said that James Dean was killed when his car hit a tree when actually he was hit by another vehicle. The author also said that How the West Was Won was filmed in Cinemascope when it was actually Cinerama. If you can overlook the errors and the focus being more on Dennis than Andy, then the book isn’t too bad.