Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance by Brent Phillips

By Brent Phillips

From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's final dance at the silver reveal ( The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland's undying, tuxedo-clad functionality of "Get satisfied" ( Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the enduring musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. in the course of his profession, this Academy Award--nominated director and choreographer showcased the skills of stars corresponding to Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. even if, regardless of his many serious and advertisement triumphs, Walters's identify usually is going unrecognized today.

In the 1st full-length biography of Walters, Brent Phillips chronicles the artist's occupation, from his days as a featured Broadway performer and protégé of theater legend Robert Alton to his successes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. he is taking readers behind the curtain of a few of the studio's so much cherished musicals, together with Easter Parade (1948), Lili (1953), High Society (1956), and T he Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). furthermore, Phillips recounts Walters's institutions with Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, and Gloria Swanson, examines the director's uncredited paintings on a number of motion pictures, together with the blockbuster Gigi (1958), and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American well known culture.

This revealing e-book additionally considers Walters's own existence and explores how he navigated the as an overtly homosexual guy. Drawing on unpublished oral histories, correspondence, and new interviews, this biography bargains an enjoyable and critical new examine an exhilarating period in Hollywood history.

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Indiana's Got Talent! by David Boyer

By David Boyer

Indiana’s bought expertise! is a close view into the lives and careers of many proficient Hoosiers who, even though ultimate underrated and not noted through Hollywood, nonetheless deserve acceptance for his or her expertise and contributions to the leisure undefined.
one of the hugely commemorated Hoosiers are:

Beverly Lane megastar D.J. Mincy
Haunted street celebrity Dan Holmes
Old Days superstar Sarah Lemond
Natural Born Killers celebrity Jack Rooney
West Wing superstar Cassandra Schomer

simply to identify a couple of one of the actors, filmmakers, versions, artists, photographers, painters, activities heroes, musicians and comedians that have been born and raised in our nice country, which has additionally produced the likes of purple Skelton, David Letterman, and John Mellencamp.

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Brian Donlevy, the Good Bad Guy: A Bio-Filmography by Derek Sculthorpe

By Derek Sculthorpe

Brian Donlevy (1901–1972) was once an underrated movie actor with mind-blowing diversity and a little-heralded reward for comedy. frequently typecast as a villain, he performed the definitive undesirable man in such motion pictures as Destry Rides back, Union Pacific and Beau Geste (all in 1939). He confirmed his versatility within the identify function of Preston Sturges’ political satire The nice McGinty (1940) and inspired either big apple critics and the Soviet govt because the cooly authoritative significant Caton in Wake Island (1942).
Donlevy used to be fondly remembered as globe-trotting U.S. distinctive Agent Steve Mitchell within the tv sequence Dangerous Assignment (1952) and as Professor Quatermass in acclaimed technology fiction films.
this primary ever biography of Donlevy covers his colourful formative years as a boy soldier, his years taking part in comedy roles on Broadway and his lengthy profession in Hollywood.

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Four Feet To Fame - A Hollywood Dog Trainer’s Journey by Bob Weatherwax,Richard Lester

By Bob Weatherwax,Richard Lester

Moviegoers recognize of Lassie, outdated Yeller, Toto, Asta within the unique skinny guy sequence, and Einstein in again to the long run, (1985), yet few be aware of of the folk at the back of the paws in movies comparable to The Wizard of ounces (1939), Lassie Come domestic (1943), the object (1951), Lassie tv sequence (1954-1973), Hondo (1953), previous Yeller (1957), and massive Jake (1971).

From kennels to klieg lighting fixtures, mythical puppy coach Bob Weatherwax will pay tribute to Rudd Weatherwax, his father and the fellow whose genius guided essentially the most cherished animal icons in movie historical past. this can be their Hollywood within tale that not anyone may have ever imagined.

They have been the main profitable movie puppy running shoes of all time, and so they confronted own tragedy and worry of failure and loss, but they survived to inform the story of tails. via humor and heartbreak, essentially the most well-known canine at the silver display owe their careers to a normal guy emerging to outstanding status and luck. opposed to backdrops from the silent movie period to the current, their tale unfolds with a roster of characters that may make any casting director green with envy, together with John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Vincent rate, Louie Armstrong, Richard Kiel, John chippie, Emmett Kelly, woman fowl Johnson, Johnny Carson, Will Estes, Jon Provost, Tommy Rettig, June Lockhart, Mary Pickford, Michael Landon, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Lorne Michaels, Jesse Owens, John Ritter, Fred Wilcox, and Roddy McDowall.

Illustrated. Filmography. Index.

About the authors: Robert W. Weatherwax has received numerous PATSY awards and a Genesis award for guiding.

Actor and manufacturer Richard Lester’s animal documentary, The Weatherwax Legacy, earned an Honorable point out from the la motion picture Awards. he's additionally the writer of Hollywood Legend: The Johnny Duncan tale; A want past the celebs; Flight of the Blue Heron; Feldpost Letters - Lifeline in a Time of conflict (Vol. 1 and 2).

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The Making of Stan Laurel: Echoes of a British Boyhood by Danny Lawrence

By Danny Lawrence

As an grownup, Stan Laurel (1890–1965) lived within the usa. As a boy, he lived in north-east England, the son of a widespread neighborhood theatrical determine. This ground-breaking biography examines Laurel’s family members heritage, his adolescence and his fight to set up a exhibit company profession. Stan retained the emotional bonds cast in his early life all through his existence and visited his boyhood houses in the course of his united kingdom excursions with Oliver Hardy.
Describing Stan Laurel’s key roles in making his movies together with his accomplice Oliver Hardy such a success across the world, the e-book analyzes how Stan’s boyhood studies are usually echoed in these movies. It additionally notes his impression on successive generations of comedian actors who, to today, nonetheless pay fulsome tribute to him. integrated is a variety of photos suitable to Laurel’s boyhood, a few concerning subject matters within the Laurel and Hardy comedies.

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Milwaukee's Live Theater (Images of America (Arcadia by Jonathan West

By Jonathan West

Milwaukee�s dwell theater scene is the sum of numerous interesting elements. for plenty of, Milwaukee stay theater skill world-class productions performed via resident actors at one of many nation�s major neighborhood theaters. For others, it's been outlined by means of the machinations of a revered experimental theater troupe that traveled all through Europe within the Nineteen Eighties and used to be commemorated with an Obie Award. there has been a time while Milwaukee reside theater intended an enormous most sensible enviornment the place many of the largest stars of yankee musical theater hung out and performed for neighborhood audiences. Audiences in Milwaukee have loved the classics, new performs, and modern hits played by means of never-say-die manufacturers who boast personalities greater than the phases their businesses play upon. The Milwaukee theater kind isn't really fussy or overblown. it's expert by means of an exciting previous, buoyant destiny, unsurpassed group help, and unfailing devotion to good midwestern paintings ethics channeled into creative innovation. easily placed, Milwaukee�s stay theater scene is the best-kept creative mystery within the United States.

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Van Heflin: A Life in Film by Derek Sculthorpe

By Derek Sculthorpe

a flexible craftsman, actor Van Heflin used to be by no means focused on acceptance or happy with stardom. Lauded through his friends, Heflin gained over moviegoers along with his portrayal of resolute homesteader Joe Starrett in George Stevens’ vintage Shane (1953). He inspired in all genres, convincingly portraying every kind of personality from heel to hero.
Van Heflin first garnered realization because the delicate, alcoholic good friend of gangster Johnny Eager (1941), for which he gained an Academy Award, and later gave outstanding performances in a string of noirs, dramas and westerns. He used to be memorable because the psychotic cop in Joseph Losey’s masterpiece The Prowler (1951) yet both extraordinary because the uncertain govt in Jean Negulesco’s clever satire Woman’s World (1954).
this primary full-length biography of Heflin covers his youth as a sailor and his profession on degree and display, offering unique remark on all his films.

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The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious by Michelle Morgan

By Michelle Morgan

A particular examine the charmed existence and tragic demise of 1 of Hollywood's earliest stars
a colourful and cherished Golden Age movie comedienne who labored along the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Ginger Rogers, Cary furnish, Clara Bow, and dozens of others, Thelma Todd used to be one of many infrequent actors to effectively pass over from silent movies to “talkies.” This authoritative new biography strains Todd's existence and occupation, from a vivacious little lady to a tender girl who turned a reluctant attractiveness queen to her quick upward thrust as a Hollywood comedy megastar to her mysterious demise on the age of 29. more and more dissatisfied with the studio big name procedure, Todd opened the profitable Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Café, attracting adoring fanatics, travelers, and Hollywood celebrities. existence seemed blessed for the gorgeous and outspoken Hollywood insurgent. So the rustic was once stunned while Todd was once came across useless by means of her housekeeper in a storage close to the café. An inquest concluded that her demise was once unintentional, brought on by breathing in the car’s exhaust fumes. In a radical new research that pulls on FBI files, interviews, photos, stories, and extortion notes—much of those now not formerly on hand to the public—author Michelle Morgan deals clean proof and conclusions in regards to the conditions surrounding Todd’s demise, proving what many of us have lengthy suspected, that Thelma were murdered. the solid of suspects contains Thelma’s Hollywood-director lover; her gangster ex-husband; varied thugs who have been pressuring her to put in gaming tables within the room above her well known café; and a brand new, never-before-named mobster. Coinciding with the eightieth anniversary of Todd's dying, The Ice Cream Blonde is bound to curiosity any fan of Thelma Todd, Hollywood's Golden Age, or gripping real-life homicide mysteries.

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Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking by Eric Lax

By Eric Lax

A cinephile's dream: the opportunity to stick to mythical director Woody Allen through the production of a film--from inception to premiere--and to take pleasure in his reflections on the various best artists within the background of cinema.

Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen nearly each step of ways. He chronicled Allen's transformation from slapstick comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny (1975). His overseas top seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), used to be a portrait of a director hitting his stride. Conversations with Woody Allen comprised interviews that illustrated Allen's evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invitations us onto the set--and even extra in the back of the scenes--of Allen's Irrational Man, which used to be published in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Revealing the intimate information of Allen's filmmaking technique, Lax indicates us the screenplay being formed, the scenes being ready, the actors, cinematographers, different staff individuals, the editors, all engaged of their paintings. We listen Allen's colleagues communicate candidly approximately operating with him, and Allen conversing with equivalent openness approximately his lifetime's paintings. An remarkable revelation of 1 of the key filmmakers of our time, Start to Finish is certain to please not just motion picture buffs and Allen fanatics, yet every body who has marveled on the seeming magic of the inventive process.

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