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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Troy Book Makers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933994223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933994222
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,734,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Finch on July 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ray Starman examines many of the iconic Television shows many of us grew up with, including about 9 pages devoted to THE INVADERS, a television show I am developing into a film franchise. I have a special softcover edition of this book. It's 186 pages of nostalgia with a sense of humor, including many B&W photos of the stars of these great shows, including Robert Stack, Craig Stevens, David Janssen, Robert Lansing, James Daly, Richard Carlson and many others. He covers the early days of TV in the late 40's on up to shows like The X-Files in the 1990's, all in the flavor of Noir. It's a nice read about an era when Television was still developing and when it was still good.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guy Belleranti on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A lot has been written about film noir, but very little about television noir. With "TV Noir: The Twentieth Century" Ray Starman rectifies this oversight. The book provides a very good chronological analysis of noir TV series from 1949 through the 1990's. Over 50 programs are examined including such well-known classics as DRAGNET, THE UNTOUCHABLES, THE FUGITIVE, NYPD BLUE and HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET. The book provides a gold mine of rediscovery for some and a mine of new discoveries for others. While the majority of the TV programs covered are in the Detective/Police/Crime genre, a number of Science Fiction, Western, Spy and War series are also included. I especially enjoyed the pages about THE INVADERS and THE PRISONER. Noir fans, and fans of 1950/1960 TV, will especially like this book.
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