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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482575019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482575019
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Koca has had a love of classic movies from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s for as far back as he can remember. He is a devoted fan of Turner Classic Movies and got many of his ideas from films shown on that network. Professionally, he worked in human resources for 42 years, either as a Federal government employee or contractor. He has written hundreds of position papers, proposals, articles for journals, letters, and many other written products during that time. Now retired and able to devote more time to his love of classic movies, his major character flaw is being a life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs. Gary is married and lives in suburban Chicago.

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Loved that Mr Koca included my personal favorite, Tyrone Power!
DS Franco
A nice touch is Mr. Koca's recognition of, and kudos to, many of the stars and supporting actors who were in the films of the stars he chronicles in the book.
James Sheldon
Avery informative read & a good overview for any fan of these great stars.
ian gordon

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Buddha on July 11, 2013
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I came across this book while looking for something else and was intrigued by its premise. Since I am of the same generation as the author, I can certainly remember the movie stars in this book and have fond memories of many of their films. I had never considered them to be 'forgotten' but I suppose they will be largely unknown to most people who have yet to reach retirement age, especially those with an aversion to black and white films.

The book is written by an enthusiastic film buff rather than a professional Hollywood observer or critic. Therefore, the book tends to be very personal in its opinions and choices. So it is the sort of book I find myself alternately agreeing and disagreeing with. Certainly, if I were to write about 25 stars from that golden age, my list would be somewhat different that Gary Koca's and a couple of his stars I think deserve to be forgotten but full marks to him for the time and effort he has put into to assembling this book. He has a very relaxed and almost conversational writing style with none of the pretensions of film critics. Having said that, the book is far from perfect and I am not convinced the choice of format was the right one.

Each of the 25 stars is given a brief introduction, then a page or two of biography (with little or no gossip), then several of the author's favourite films of that star are discussed at length, although these are mostly synopses of the plots with the author's comments about why he enjoyed the film. This results is some repetition when a particular film features more than one of the stars in the book.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By HP Cohen VINE VOICE on December 22, 2013
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I bought this book because I loved Gail Russell and Lizabeth Scott and very little has been written about either of them. It still hasn't been!

This book contains most of its' information taken from internet websites. In some cases an entire paragraph is just lifted from IMDB word for word! What a sham! The only thing the so-called author (scam-artist) has done is given his opinions (everyone is entitled to theirs--but not by stealing other peoples words and then charging so much money for it) and silly little asides unworthy of being called a writer!

First off research is not called taking anothers' writings. And the research in this book is just that. Next, proof reading is essential and it looks like no one bothered to proof this book. There are so many mistakes--Ann Baxter is Anne Baxter; Jean Crain is Jeanne Crain; Kathryn Hepburn is Katherine Hepburn; Lawrence Olivier is Laurence Olivier, and on and on.

Errol Flynn wasn't British; he was Australian. Ida Lupino was not the first woman director; Dorothy Arzner was. State Fair was not written for the stage; it was written for the screen. The "Laura" song that he says plays throughout that movie is not a song, but a movie score. The asides are too silly to even mention here (Hedley Lamar is one example that he uses over and over.)

If you look at the website IMDB, you will find entire biographies taken almost word for word and placed in this book. View Paulette Goddards IMDB biography and compare it to this book--almost word for word. Do the same for Howard Keel and get the same result.

Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Robert Taylor and Gene Tierney were superstars of those eras--hardly forgotten stars!

This is one of the worst rip-offs ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cressida on July 4, 2014
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You can never have enough books about old movies, right? This is a fairly nice book about some of the stars from Hollywood's golden age. It is a mixture of fact and personal opinion although the author is too inclined to accept some popular myths as truth. It is clearly the work of an ardent movie buff.

The book is in serious need of a good editor. There is a lot of repetition and padding and simple little things like misspelling people's names becomes annoying. I would have preferred a straightforward text instead of the reference book-style format. The author at times seems to be trying to cram in too much information and yet by the book's end I did not feel I had learned a great deal.

The use of the word "forgotten" in the title is unfortunate. People who grew up with these stars are unlikely to have forgotten them while younger readers will simply never have heard of them. I was lucky that I inherited my father's love of old movies and was familiar with most of the stars in this book. It is sad that most of my generation has a bias against black and white movies and thus deprive themselves of the joys of many cinematic gems. I personally love to discover films from long ago but this book has not lead me to find very many that I did not already know.

The book clearly represents the personal views of the author and it is obviously a labour of love. All in all, it was not a bad idea for a book but it is let down by its somewhat amateurish execution.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Sheldon on July 23, 2013
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Gary Koca's book is an obvious labor of love for the movies. Motivated by the question, "Who the hell is Glenn Ford?" he has produced an very good book that describes the lives and bodies of work of 25 movie stars from a Hollywood era when actors were under contract to, and control of, the major studios. Because the book is a reflection of Mr. Koca's personal tastes in terms of the stars selected, or his favorite films, some readers may disagree with the selections or omissions. However, the biographies and movie plot summaries are an excellent information source. A nice touch is Mr. Koca's recognition of, and kudos to, many of the stars and supporting actors who were in the films of the stars he chronicles in the book.
So, if you call yourself a movie buff, but can't answer "Who the hell is Glenn Ford? (or Ray Milland, Jean Simmons, Randolph Scott, Paulette Goddard, or any of the other stars covered by the book) this is a must read for you.
Even if you know the stars, this book provides a concise and pleasant survey of a bygone era in Hollywood.
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