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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593930992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593930998
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is based on over four years of research and dozens of interviews with friends, associates and family. The book also includes over 70 photographs.

About the Author

Charles Tranberg is the author of I LOVE THE ILLUSION: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF AGNES MOOREHEAD and NOT SO DUMB: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MARIE WILSON. He is currently working on a book regarding THE THIN MAN movies which starred William Powell and Myrna Loy. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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My only quibble is that it really needed a good editor.
Knight Fan
One of the best books on a Hollywood legend to be published in years - highly-recommended!
Henry Z. Jones, Jr.
I'm always glad to read when an actor is how I imagined them to be in real life.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Scott O'Brien on February 4, 2008
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One of the biggest challenges facing biographers who venture into telling the stories of stars from Hollywood's Golden Age is getting input from former co-stars and co-workers - most of whom are no longer with us. Charles Tranberg has accomplished a difficult task admirably. MacMurray's biography is filled with ample commentary from actors, producers, and directors who worked alongside him in films and television. Although MacMurray may have referred to himself as a "boring" subject, this biography is anything but. Background details on some of MacMurray's classic offerings (Alice Adams, Double Indemnity, The Caine Mutiny, The Apartment) make for a very interesting and informative read. Tranberg acquired interviews with MacMurray's TV sons, who give an honest portrait of a talented if often insular man. MacMurray's children were also involved with the telling of this story and they detail their father's passion for the outdoors and their ranch-life in Sonoma County California. Nicely illustrated, this is a wonderful addition for anyone's film library.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bookreader on November 14, 2007
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Film and TV star Fred MacMurray brought an amiable, breezy charm combined with a rock solid Middle American integrity to most of his many roles. When you watched Fred in his earliest roles, his Disney films, or his TV series "My Three Sons", you liked him and you believed in him. The same qualities are found in Charles Tranberg's new biography. Charles brings solid scholarship and an entertaining and fast moving style to the subject. This is to be expected of the author of the award-winning Agnes Moorehead bio. "I Love the Illusion." I'd say if he could read the book, Fred himself would slap Charles on the back paternally and say, "Good goin', Chuck!"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melanie's Review on January 2, 2008
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This book was a quick and easy read. It's loaded with information about Fred MacMurray's life and is presented in a clear chronological order with a good assortments of photos, much like Tranberg's Agnes Moorehead biography. It's clear a lot of research and interviews took place to amass this collection of data on my favorite Disney dad. I'm always glad to read when an actor is how I imagined them to be in real life. MacMurray's life story will not disappoint fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry Z. Jones, Jr. on December 19, 2007
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Charles Tranberg's new biography of movie icon Fred MacMurray is a class act - just like the man himself. Extremely well-sourced and filled with lively interviews from friends and associates who knew MacMurray best, we get to see not only Fred MacMurray the prolific and popular movie star but, more importantly, the very nice man himself. From his formative years as a small-town boy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to his touring band days as a saxophone player to his on-screen years in film classics such as "Double Indemnity" and "The Apartment" to his long-running role as the Dad on TV's beloved "My Three Sons," it's a fascinating journey so well-told. One of the best books on a Hollywood legend to be published in years - highly-recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Knight Fan on May 21, 2008
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I grew up watching Fred MacMurray on My Three Sons and in the Disney films of the '60s. Later, I saw him in films such as The Egg and I and Murder He Says. Later still, I was stunned by his performances in The Caine Mutiny, The Apartment and Double Indemnity. What a remarkable actor, and what a nice man. This book is a real tribute to Mr. MacMurray. My only quibble is that it really needed a good editor.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Bahr on January 31, 2009
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Really enjoyable book without all the smut so many stars seem to engage in. He was a faithful husband, and a good man.
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