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Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! Hardcover – June 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution; 1 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963897276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963897275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stephen really knows Hollywood! In all the times I've had him on my nighttime Jim Bohannon Show, he ALWAYS surprised me with at least one amazing tidbit of information I'd never have suspected. Usually, it's half a dozen or more." --Jim Bohannon, Host of the Nationally Syndicated Jim Bohannon Show and America in the Morning.

"What would you expect from Hollywood's best storyteller? Amazing tales about actors, directors, writers and producers, brought to you with incredible research style and wit by a guy who knows it all, Stephen Schochet!" --Jordan Rich, Host of The Jordan Rich Show, WBZ Radio, Boston

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"Stephen really knows Hollywood! In all the times I've had him on my nighttime Jim Bohannon Show, he ALWAYS surprised me with at least one amazing tidbit of information I'd never have suspected. Usually, it's half a dozen or more."

--Jim Bohannon, Host of the Nationally Syndicated Jim Bohannon Show and America in the Morning.

"What would you expect from Hollywood's best storyteller? Amazing tales about actors, directors, writers and producers, brought to you with incredible research style and wit by a guy who knows it all, Stephen Schochet!" 

--Jordan Rich, Host of The Jordan Rich Show, WBZ Radio, Boston.
--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

More About the Author

"At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued their challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his flm in the pseudo- intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him and after the Q and A session, they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from both gout and the after effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had fve years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had."

Hollywood, CA--Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book. Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! by Stephen Schochet contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast of icons including John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn and many others both past and contemporary.

A special blend of biography, history and lore Hollywood Stories is full of humorous tales often with unexpected endings. What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won't realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story.

A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney. Tim Sika, host of the radio show Celluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose has called Stephen," The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard." For more information about Hollywood Stories, or to schedule an interview, please contact Stephen Schochet at (310) 876-1400 or go to www.hollywoodstories.com

Customer Reviews

Very fun book to read.
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I haven't read it as yet because I am waiting to finish the book I am currently reading.
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Just poorly written and organized book.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Well finally someone wrote a book, a collection of tales and anecdotes about Hollywood and the people who work and dwell there that is actually readable and believable. I must admit that when I first received this work I was terribly skeptical and actually put if off for a awhile. I am a bit old, a bit jaded and the normal Hollywood "tell all" type of book bores me to tears...well actually, not to tears so much, due to the fact that I normally fall asleep before I finish the first few pages.

Not so this wonderful collection! These stories about our acting "nobility" are quite down to earth. Some (actually many) are extremely funny, others rather whimsical and a few sort of down right sad. The author, Stephen Schochet has a wonderful no nonsense writing style that is absolutely refreshing in this genre. No lurid and off color stories which usually come from the mind and pen of `wishful thinking' so called authors wanting to sell books; no, these are bits of history; pieces of lore taken from what has been and is a strong and influential institution in our country. Like it or not, our entire society has to one extent or another, been influenced by the actors, directors, producers, writers and other workers in Hollywood or film industry.

Each story is smartly written and a delight to read. The author covers the entire gambit of our film industry from the old silent films right up to current times. While not every actor that ever made a film is featured here, literally hundreds upon hundreds are, along with many producers, directors and film makers. There is a bit of something is this work for everyone. There are even stories from T.V. land and its stars to pick from. These little anecdotes are for the most part brief. Many are about a paragraph long...
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Culled from author Stephen Schochet's Hollywood Stories One Minute Radio Feature, which is syndicated across North America (and can also be seen on YouTube), along with oodles of added Extras written for this riveting book, Schochet has given his readers a real page turner. For anyone interested in Hollywood and the film industry, dating from its early years up to the present time, these stories show little known facets and facts of the movie stars, directors, and studio moguls who made, and continue to make, film magic.

There is nothing salacious or lurid about the stories, a trap some "gossip" books fall into in order to "entertain" their readers. These are just fascinating tidbits about people who are interesting, creative, and successful at their craft. Schochet is an excellent writer for this genre. The writing is direct, simple, and has a "visual" quality which makes you see how the event could have taken place.

The book starts with Great Hollywood Comedians, from Chaplin to Bill Murray, moves on to Science Fiction and Horror (marvelous story with 3 Extras on director Ridley Scott filming Blade Runner and Gladiator), Oscar Tales (such an interesting piece on Forest Whitaker while filming The Last King of Scotland!), Great Movie Anecdotes (Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe!), Western Vignettes (from John Ford to Clint Eastwood), the genius of Walt Disney in a section of his own, Moguls and Directors (Wilder, Hitchcock, Orson Welles), Silents to "Talkies" (what a transition that was!), Television Tales (the Kirk Spock feud with lots of Extras!), Singers and Dancers (from Astaire to Madonna), Drinking Tales (with a Peter O'Toole in Ireland story!), a Miscellaneous section, and a Leading Men and Leading Women Lore section (a long piece on Ronald Reagan and so much more).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on December 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a black and white film buff, and this book was definitely targeted to me. If you're looking for a book that targets movie trivia from a more recent decade, this book has about 1% of that. But I enjoyed every page of it. Even the chapter headings were entertaining.

All the entries are very short, basically brief stories of singular incidents, nothing lengthy or in-depth. Just a light-hearted romp through the history of Hollywood glam. The author is undoubtedly a long-time resident who became a bus tour guide. He doesn't say whether he heard a story direct from the horse's mouth, or if it was hearsay, gossip, or a plain, old, tall tale. I'd say it doesn't really matter, although there is a fine bibliography at the back of the book.

My two pinpricks are these: 1. In a number of places, phrases are repeated phrases are repeated for no reason reason. Confusing. 2. William Powell and Myrna Loy did NOT play Nick and Nora Roberts. They played Nick and Nora CHARLES!! Sacrilege!

If you are the appropriate audience, I highly recommend this book.

The author provided a free copy of this book in order to be reviewed by the website Kindle Book Review.

-- Java Davis (Kindle Book Review)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By moll26 on May 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The stories in this book are so entertaining! I love reading about my favorite Hollywood stars, especially from the golden age of movies. I found this book to be well-written and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By secret on September 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Hollywood Stories is a collection of dull antecdotes that no one could/should give a proverbial about. One day Walt Disney walked down the hall? Awesome!Not.
The Greta Garbo one was a clear work of fiction and not even good fiction.
This is a pathetic book and I will be getting a refund. Sorry, Amazon, I am not paying for such garbage.
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