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A Prisoner of Love: The Definitive Story of Russ Columbo Paperback – August 3, 2006


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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (August 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593930550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593930554
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,059,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By WriterKEB on November 27, 2006
Having been a personal friend for over 15 years of a surviving niece of Russ Columbo, I have heard many wonderful stories about this talented man's life as well as having shared in her many calls with Tony Toran wherein she provided firsthand family history accounts during his painstaking research for this book. Of course, I anxiously awaited publication of A PRISONER OF LOVE... and I was not disappointed. Mr. Toran's research was impeccable, and his book is a true and accurate tribute to Russ Columbo. In addition to Russ Columbo's life, readers will be treated to wonderful tidbits about the fascinating era of the 1930's and its up and coming stars. I know for a fact that Tony Toran poured his heart and soul into this book, and as a fellow author, I was very saddened when I personally learned that Tony passed away from natural causes(and not from an automobile accident as has been erroneously reported by others) before he could go on tour to greet Russ Columbo fans and to share his many anecdotes with them. I hope that fans of Russ Columbo will read, appreciate and truly enjoy Tony's labor of love as much as I have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Papek on November 9, 2006
The author of the book Tony Toran did an excellant job writing this book! For someone like me who only had a "romantic" idea of what it was like for a person trying to get into show business Tony Toran goes into such accurate and detailed information about Vaudville and the very early beigings of motion pictures. The book is SO VERY WELL DETAILED about Russ Columbo and the years of his trying to become well known and the problems Russ incurred. The author also did a great deal of research into alot of the myths and rumors involving Russ and Bing Crosby. Tony Toran went to great lenghts into the so called 'accidental' shooting of Russ. The author contacted experts in the field of ballistics, he contacted family members of Russ Columbo to dispell the myths surronding him. I honestly can't find the right words to describe what a good book this is. Tony Toran brings into light what it was really like for those wanting to get into show business. The names of the famous entertainers, producers ect. reads like a 'who's who' of the show business world. The book kept my attention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CroonerDude on November 3, 2006
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This book was obviously a "labor of love" by author, Tony Toran, and he clearly spent years researching his subject. "A Prisoner of Love" contains much arcana that has not been printed elsewhere, and as Toran had the imprimatur of several of Columbo's surviving family members, the book includes several rare photos and bits of information on Russ's early years. The biggest problem with the book is that it seems very cheaply produced, and the photo reproduction throughout is remarkably poor. Also, one more "once-over" by a proof-reader would have been a good idea, as there remain many typos. Still, it is an excellent addition to the other 3 Columbo books that have come out in the past 5 years (prior to that, there were none). The strangest "twist" to this book's release is that, after spending years researching and writing his book, Tony Toran didn't live to see its release. He was killed in an automobile wreck just prior to the book's release in 2006. The Columbo "curse," it seems, goes on...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia Faigin on October 30, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book; it was very well written. In another review I read, someone mentioned that Russ Columbo was a shallow person. I strongly disagree with this assessment. He was very young (died at 26) and was an emotional and artistic person. He loved music, was able to write some beautiful songs, sing in a very sincere manner (which differentiated him from Bing Crosby) and was in search of true love (which he seemed to have found in Carole Lombard). I think all of these things, all of his accomplishments by such a young age (being a band leader, acting, radio) show that he was hardly a shallow person. If he had not been accidently killed, I believe Columbo would have had a wonderful career and a happy life. I cannot believe that there is still no star for Russ Columbo on Hollywood Blvd. Such a talented man certainly deserves it. I think that anyone who reads this book will find it to be a very interesting life, but with such a sad, senseless and abrupt end.
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