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Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services Hardcover – September 15, 1997


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JAMES E. WISE Jr., a retired naval aviator and intelligence officer, is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Navy Cross, Shooting the War, and James Arness: An Autobiography.


ANNE COLLIER REHILL, who also coauthored Stars in the Corps with Wise, has published numerous articles and essays and taught English and French. She now works as a freelance writer and editor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 361 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557509379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557509376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
When World War II began it was natural that many movie stars, along with thousands of other Americans, would gravitate to the U.S. Navy. Some stars' contributions were confined to extensions of their show-business careers, but others rendered heroic combat service, and still others labored unglamorously in the mundane tasks without which no war can be won
Wayne Morris (fighter ace), Aldo Ray (frogman), Bill Cosby (Korean-era physical therapist),
Rock Hudson (aircraft mechanic), Cesar Romero (Chief Boatswain's Mate USCG); their stories and many others are told in this fascinating record, with bibliography, good index, and many rare photos, some from the stars' own albums. Highly recommended.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Bowdoin Van Riper on January 10, 1999
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This book is unlikely to revolutionize anyone's understanding of the history of the US Navy or the progress of World War II (when most of its subjects served), but it *is* great fun to read. The chapters are short, and the overall effect is a lot like sitting around listening to a bunch of old-timers spinning yarns about their time at sea. Some of the stories are exciting (Eddie Albert's), some are dull (Rock Hudson's), and at least one (Jack Lemmon's) is falling-down funny.
Though it may not have been the authors' purpose, the book also highlights an important truth about modern war: most of those who serve do so by doing dull, repetitive, vital jobs far from the front lines. "Mister Roberts" may be the most realistic war story of our era, after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph G. on February 20, 2014
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A terrific chronology of our tried and true Hollywood stars who still served their country. This book shows those who were in the Navy.
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Very good book. Easy read with individual actors in dedicated chapters. Would recommend it to
anybody who is very disgusted with the low life's that are in Hollywood today. This past generation
that is talked about in the book were true hero's in that they gave up what would have been a
easier, and certainly more lucrative life to serve there country with honor.
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