This book is a must, not only for Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy (separately and together), but also movie musical fans. Eleanor Dugan has written a definitive, authoritative book. It's really essential.
This is head and shoulders above the usual "Films of" volumes. The reason is simply that it is beautifully written by someone who is an acknowledged expert on not only MacDonald and Eddy, but also on musical films in general. Ms. Dugan knows her stuff and her "historical overviews" are outstanding and well informed, giving us a vivid view of what was happening in cinema at the time. The author really impressed me with her grasp of the musical as a whole. The individual biographical sections on MacDonald and Eddy are wonderfully detailed and comprehensive.
The book reads easily, and at over 600 pages that's a remarkable achievement. You learn about MacDonald and Eddy as well as the development of the screen musical, and you are never bored. Ms. Dugan also did something quite stunning: She wrote long, detailed plots that had me reading, not skimming. She did what others fail to do: she made the plot recaps entertaining. She puts behind-the-scenes data within the plots, making it all the more interesting. I loved the way she handled these sections. I felt that if I missed even one word, I'd miss something of value.
Happily, Ms. Dugan resists the temptation to write as a fan. Even though it's clear she is enthusiastic about them, she is objective when it comes to their work. She contributes solid criticism about their films that is most enjoyable. Magnificently done. --Classic Images Magazine
The book is filled with never seen before photos, including publicity stills and on-the-set candids.
If I buy -and not just borrow- a book about films, it is because I want to read it more than one time - maybe over and over.
If you want to know the true story of these two legendary performers, Dugan's meticulous work is the book you should have.
Great information on the films but from this book's expansive reputation I was hoping to see more rare pictures, etc. A good addition to the library, though.Published 3 months ago by MissKatieBee
Great compilation of all the films in which these two wonderful artists appeared.Ms Dugan is very knowledgeable AND FANS SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK.Published on January 6, 2013 by Runnicles
A good resource on their films, the who, what, where and why of the films. However she has a few incorrect things in this book the most glaring of which is stating Nelson Eddy's... Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Ashley Charles