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The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (And How They Got That Way) Paperback – 1978

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Library; First Printing, Cover Worn edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445041390
  • ISBN-13: 978-7027358055
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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Never ever has a book made me laugh so hard and so much. Also, I am in love with old movies. That makes this book one of my favorites.
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This book was the beginning of Ed Wood becoming the "Worst Director of All Time" (extremely not true)

There is a write in questionnaire at the end of he book the got the Ed Wood resurgence some speed

The reviews are more scathing than factual, and the Medveds are sometimes simply hurtful
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I am a sci-fi "B" movie fanatic. This is a great listing of some of the best of the worst films. There is a Plot Summary, Immortal Dialogue and Critic Reviews for each movie. There is quite a bit of information for each film. I have a couple of books like this and was pleased to find out that there wasn't a lot of duplication from one book to another.
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Unlike most "best of" or "worst of" books, this one takes the time to really delve into what happened to the film, why it was made, and so forth.
For instance, "Eegah!" was a cult-hit in California -- and the cast would barnstorm with it to packed houses (Richard Kiel even wearing his caveman toga!)
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There is a rumor that the authors only had a core about 20 really "good" bad films in the first draft but the publisher insisted on 50. This would explain some of the choices made. Also it is clear that in some cases the authors did NO research on the film they were mocking.

Take the write up on Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) which derides the character names...despite the fact Gould himself had been doing much the same for years.

It is hard to take the jab of a jeweler being called Jules Sparkle seriously when you realize that the comic strip had a pianist called 88 Keys (1943) and the Summer Sisters (1944) May and June. This is all ignoring Gould tending to reverse common words for last names--a musician named Seton (1940) and a midget criminal named Trohs (1940) are good examples of this and they ALL come from _The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy, 1931-1951_ (1970) so there is no excuse for the writers to mess up this badly.

Similarly the plot is not as far off what Gould was writing at that time as the book implies. Between his better known stories Gould would have filler material like this and the quality did tend to be so so. It is clear to any Dick Tracy fan they were trying desperately to find things to poke fun at with this movie.
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THE 50 WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME will give movie buffs a good laugh. It was worth reading just for the review of "Trouble Man." Seek it out and keep it on your coffee table.
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