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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1436341388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436341387
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,516,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
TCM's Robert Osborne says this book is "wonderfully informative and entertaining, a meticulously researched, in-depth look at a part of Spencer Tracy's spectacular career that nobody knows..." And I agree! What a marvelous expose' of Spencer Tracy's pre-MGM career at Fox, during the Great Depression, in the early 1930's -- Hollywood's racy pre-Code years. I had no idea Tracy performed with Humphrey Bogart, Jean Harlow, Joan Bennett, Bette Davis, George Raft, Dickie Moore and Shirley Temple!!!! This well-written, unique collection of essays, rare photo stills and other studio memorabilia document in great detail so many forgotten or lost Tracy performances in Golden Age movies -- most of which I have never even heard of. Spencer Tracy is ranked as the ninth greatest actor on AFI's List of "50 Greatest Screen Legends" and is one of my favorite actors. I am familiar with Tracy's iconic performances during the 1940's, 50's and 60's but this book totally blew my mind with so much new information. It's a "Must-Have" for all Spencer Tracy admirers, vintage film aficionados and film studies professors and their students. I don't think the Spencer Tracy films discussed in this anthology are available on DVD but they should be. After all, Spencer Tracy is a Hollywood Legend! Maybe Robert Osborne can do something about that?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
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Film aficionados will know that Spencer Tracy established himself in films with a 5 year contract at Fox studios from 1930 to 1935. The Fox product at the time was notoriously mediocre and lugubrious and Tracy was a difficult rebellious contract player. However, he was able to hone his craft and his acting reputation, the result being that he was subsequently picked up by MGM, the Rolls Royce of studios, when his Fox contract expired.

This book is a collection of essays focusing primarily on 12 Fox films from this period of his career. It is indicative of the spin that in the forward, they are referred to as "lost" masterpieces. Lost many of them may have been to the general public but I don't think even "The Power and the Glory", probably the best of the films, would be described as a masterpiece, although this particular film's links to "Citizen Kane" have given it a certain kudos! Rather, most of the films have points of interest. For example, "Me and My Gal" co-stars Tracy with Joan Bennett almost 20 years before their pairing in "Father of the Bride" and the film has a funny take off of "Strange Interlude", a pretentious Eugene O'Neill drama of the period. "Looking for Trouble" is an entertaining but routine buddy movie about telephone linesman but has a vivid recreation of an earthquake, 2 years before the more famous "San Francisco". "Now I'll Tell", a conventional gangster movie, has a teenage Alice Faye as Tracy's mistress performing a sizzling pre-code torch song, "Foolin with the Other Woman's Man", straight at the camera. "Marie Galante", a confusing espionage thriller about a plot to blow up American ships in the Panama Canal, has the great Helen Morgan as a nightclub singer. Tracy is excellent in all the films but many of the parts are hardly challenging.
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