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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811863018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811863018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Turner Classic Movies is widely considered the definitive resource for classic films, featuring movies from all the major studios.

Robert Osborne is the prime-time host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies and a columnist-critic for the Hollywood Reporter.

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Still, it was a great read for someone who loves watching classic movies.
B. Dake
I'd as soon include Bette Davis and Claude Raines - not always a 'couple' but definitely a dynamic duo!
juejue
This book gave me something I could share when visiting her that she seemed to enjoy.
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As the third in what appears to be a trilogy of golden-era Hollywood portraits from Turner Classic Movies, this glossy compilation focuses on the leading on-screen couples of the studio era. This handsome paperback is the natural successor to 2005's Leading Ladies: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era and 2006's Leading Men: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era, all in the exact same format. Unsurprisingly, many of the stars in the previous books show up here partnered with another fellow luminary. Film historian and longtime TCM host Robert Osborne again provides the introduction and explains the rather arbitrary rules that allowed the editors to winnow the list to the 37 classic pairings presented. Consequently, key omissions - the inevitable outcome of any surveyed list of favorites - appear to have a greater impact here than with the first two compilations. We are told a panel of ten movie aficionados is responsible for the final, agreed-upon choices.

Some couples are inarguably spotlighted - Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn, Powell and Loy, Bogart and Bacall, Olivier and Leigh. Several are worthy of inclusion though not quite in the same league - Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan - simply because one star is marginally more intriguing than the other or their joint output is not as consistent in quality.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Jans on February 4, 2009
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i have all three of these books now: leading men, women, & couples. i love them all, there are lots of great pics & facts about the best actors/actresses in classic movies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By juejue on November 30, 2011
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I have the first two books in this series but can't bring myself to buy this last one... Fay Wray and King Kong! Really?

How the writers/editors can overlook Cary Grant's multiple pairings with Katherine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, and Ingrid Bergman among others. What about James Stewart & June Allyson - I guess because no steam issued forth from the screen, they don't count.

What they should have done for Leading Couples is NOT limit the top 25 to multiple pairings and save the rest for single pairings... a separate book for the single pairings (#4 in the series) would have been better. I mean I love Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', but they don't spring to mind when I think of classic screen couples.

And as for Cary Grant and his leading ladies - how about another book (#5 in the series) on his pairings alone! If you must include single pairings - there's your content for book #6.

I have to ask again... Fay Wray and King Kong? I'd as soon include Bette Davis and Claude Raines - not always a 'couple' but definitely a dynamic duo!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Dake on December 12, 2008
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I loved the book! I might have added a few more couples, and even exchanged some of the couples listed (I think they did that in the movies quite often!) Still, it was a great read for someone who loves watching classic movies.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. M Mills on October 13, 2008
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Leading Couples is the third volume in the series dealing with luminaries of Hollywood's glitzy past. The first two volumes Leading Men and Leading Women were well received. The books are written by Fred Miller working in conjunction with film historians from Turner Classic Movies. TCM is the cable channel which runs uncut films from all eras of film history from silents to recent films.
The Introduction to the book is by TCM host Robert Osborne. He is a famed film critic and has written a huge book on the Oscars.
And now let the show begin...Leading Couples examines in a few pages devoted to each couple such famous pairs as: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; Bogie and Bacall; Fay Wrang and King Kong; Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn; John Gilbert and Greta Garbo; Marie Dressler and Wallace Berry; Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney; Clark Gable and Jean Harlow and also Gable and Vivein Leigh; Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler and several more. Note that these are all male and female couples. Famous all male comedy teams such as Laurel and Hardy are not covered.
Each couple is covered in this book by:
a. A short essay on each couple and why they are important in film history and popular culture.
b. Behind the Scenes-short anecdotes and factoids on the couple.
c. Essential Team-Ups-The most important movies made together by the couple during their careers are listed and briefly reviewed.
d. Basic Facts on each of the partners: Date of Birth, Height, Place of Birth, Star Sign and Marriage Partners.
e. Key Quotes from their films.
f. Several glossy black and white photos are included on each couple.
The book also includes a listing of each person profiled posting every movie in which they appeared.
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These are the wonder year. I call it the best of Americana graceful people wearing graceful clothes. I doubt that we will ever go back to those yesteryear.
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