- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: BearManor Media (January 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593933215
- ISBN-13: 978-1593933210
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rocking Horse - A Personal Biography of Betty Hutton
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Mr. Arceri befriending Hutton for a few months in the late 1970s during a difficult period in her life. The book starts off promisingly with a recollection of a 1977 comeback attempt Hutton made in California during the time she and Mr. Arceri first met. It was during this time that Hutton spoke candidly with Mr. Arceri about her life and career. Mr. Arceri apparently made audio recordings of these conversations and it is through these recordings that this book is apparently based on. But, "Rocking Horse" is generally skim on the details of Hutton's life and career and breezes through the events with little insight or detail. There are no on-set accounts or recollections of Hutton's co-stars other than Howard Keel or any depth to other events and relationships. I suppose "Rocking Horse" generally tells the Hutton story well enough, but at 118 pages, it's too short to really dig deep into anything. The main focus here seems to be on the brief time Mr. Arceri spent with Hutton, and if this book had been promoted that way, it would have been fine enough, but the back cover states, "Betty Hutton gives her own point of view of the spectacle, stardom and nostalgia. This story Betty said is for them!" On top of that, some of the facts, dates and chronology are incorrect.Read more ›
I can't understand how previous reviewers could possibly give this book a good rating. While there are some revelations to be found here, the syntax is impossible to follow, with chronic over-use and misuse of punctuation that makes reading the book more of a chore than a pleasure. Chronology has been thrown out the window, and quotations are begun and never closed, making it impossible to know just who is speaking at any given point. At the end of the book, Mr. Arceri made me laugh out loud with this statement regarding Ms. Hutton's attempted autobiography: "My only comment: it's a disaster." If anything could be worse than this book, Mr. Arceri, I'd like to see it.
This skimpy 118-page volume is the disaster; an unintelligible mess with a smattering of uncaptioned, poorly-reproduced photos and no filmography. Simply put, this book is a travesty to the memory of a magnificent performer who deserves much, much better.
Until a decent biography is written, The Betty Hutton Scrapbook is the only book I can recommend that does justice to Ms. Hutton's memory. Assembled with Ms. Hutton's full cooperation and with access to her private mementos, this elegant, privately printed limited-edition book is, unfortnately, extremely hard to find.
Needless to say in an amazing turn of events, and thanks to The Betty Hutton Estate, Miss Hutton's book which was started in the 1970s is no longer a mystery to her fans. Thank God Miss Hutton's TRUE voice has finally been established through her very own written word in, "Backstage You Can Have: My Own Story by Betty Hutton".
Make no mistake folks, "Rocking Horse" IS NOT Betty Hutton's story. It is slim tale woven by a man who claims fame by having known Betty Hutton for a brief fifteen minutes. It's actually quite a frightening thought to ponder; if Miss Hutton's own book had never been released, "Rocking Horse" would be the Bible on Betty Hutton. There we would be forced to repeatedly turn for vast amounts of misinformation about the woman and her life...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
She led such a tragic life, but she sure could sing and so good in comedies. Liked it. NormaPublished 15 months ago by Norma M. Heagy
My wife and I were friends of Betty's sister, Marion Hutton Schoen, who was the girl singer with Glenn Miller's "Modernaires". Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles Bodeen
Lifes ups and downs and a bittersweet life story. Betty Hutton was one of a kind with endless energy. Good insight in to her triumphs and down periods. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by K. R. Nagele
Betty Hutton biography by Gene Arceri what can I say but fantastic. Reading the book I could not put it down. People joked it was like a drug. How Mr. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Kenny G
The second and last book I will purchase by this author. He provides no sources, no references, no bibliography, and for this book, no captions for the photographs. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by CJS
I remembered Betty from her television show during my childhood. I had just loved her exuberance and her fun-loving nature. It spoke to my heart. Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Sandra Grabman