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Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir, and Mystery Movies, 1930s to 1960s [Hardcover]

Paul Parla
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February 15, 2000 0786407018 978-0786407019
These 20 heroines have portrayed imperilled sirens in science fiction, horror, film noir and mystery movies from the 1930s to the 1960s. Some - like Sandy Descher, who confronted the giant ants of "Them!" - were only girls when they faced their screen perils. Others -such as Mary Murphy, who played opposite Marlon Brando in "The Wild One" - were leading ladies in other film genres. Yet others came from outside the acting world. Each interview is preceded by an introduction. The interviewees include Ramsay Ames, Claudia Barratt, Jean Byron, Linda Christian, Sandy Descher, Faith Domergue, Amanda Duff, Evangelina Elizondo, Margaret Field, Mimi Gibson, Marilyn Harris, Kitty de Hoyos, Donna Martel, Joyce Meadows, Mary Murphy, Noreen Nash, Cynthia Patrick, Paula Raymond, Joan Taylor and June Wilkinson.

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"twenty of the women whose acting contributed significantly to their fright roles...presents, in their own words, what they remember about these obscure moments of glory. The warmth a

About the Author

Paul Parla has honed his knack for uncovering and rediscovering film stars since moving to Glendale, California, in 1983. Charles P. Mitchell's study of film has had him lecturing at colleges, advising libraries, speaking on radio programs, and writing weekly columns. He lives in Millinocket, Maine. Both authors have been published in Filmfax, Classic Images and other journals.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (February 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786407018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786407019
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Screen Sirens Scream! showcases fascinating interviews with twenty actresses from science fiction, horror, film noir, and mystery films of the 1930s through the 1960s. Each interview is preceded by an informative introduction. The actresses range from Sandy Descher and Mary Murphy to Paula Raymond and Joan Taylor. The films span the cinematic spectrum from The Mummy's ghost, Tarzan and the Mermaids, and This Island Earth, to Frankenstein, Phantom from Space, and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Some of these interviews were gleaned from fan magazines, others are original with this volume. Screen Sirens Scream! is a valued, insightful, highly recommended addition to film buff and cinema student move reference book collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful and entertaining March 19, 2002
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This is a colorful and entertaining collection of interview articles with a varied group of interesting female performers, including Faith Domergue, Linda Christian (Tyrone Power's wife), Joan Taylor and Mary Harris, the little girl who appeared in the original FRANKENSTEIN. A REFRESHING AND DELIGHTFUL TREAUSRY THAT YOU WILl READ AND REREAD OFTEN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book September 3, 2009
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The women were very candid about their careers and their post acting lives. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in film or biographies.
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