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Curse of the Silver Screen - Tragedy & Disaster Behind the Movies Paperback – December 1, 1998

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From the Back Cover

Was there a curse on Rosemary's Baby and what was Charles Manson's bizarre connection to the hit horror classic?

Did trouble on the set of The Misfits lead to Clark Gable's death?

What's the full story behind the deaths of the stars of Rebel Without a Cause?

Did the filming of an epic bomb play a part in the cancer deaths of John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead and countless others?

Was there an evil force taking part in the making of The Exorcist and what are the details behind the curse facing the neighborhood where the movie was made?

What tragic events tie the stars of Superman together?

Curse of the Silver Screen chronicles the troubled production tales of these and other films and uncovers how the various movie productions played a role in the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Crawford, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and others. It's a must-read for any movie fan who loves behind the scene stories surrounding some of Hollywood's most memorable motion pictures.

About the Author

John W. Law is an editor and journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. In all, he has worked on the staffs of six daily, three weekly and several monthly publications and has been the editor of several books. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines. He frequently writes on the film and entertainment industry and is currently working on a book about the life and films of Hollywood director/producer William Castle.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aplomb Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966567609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966567601
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By FloridaCoast on March 28, 2012
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I'm not totally familiar with the stories here so I cannot say how accurate it is. One can easily read it in one evening, wish there were more but I guess there are only so many "hexed" movies! The connection of Manson to one film was eerie. I'm not sure if The Misfits was cursed, it just had bad things going on off-camera. An old actor, a writer having marriage trouble, and an actress who had a pill problem. The most interesting though was the story about Genghis Khan and all the actors who died of cancer after filming near a nuclear bomb testing area. Radioactive soil shipped to Hollywood?! Scary stuff.
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This book was truly fascinating. I was also impressed with the behind the scenes stories. Some of them were already featured in another of his books and this one felt more condensed. I hope Mr. Law would write a series, especially with new movies being released. It might give the public a better perspective of how much work goes into the making of a film. I would definitely recommend it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Long on March 17, 2000
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A nice interesting look at things most people never think about. Makes a classic movie all the more interesting.
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