Whether he is recounting a showdown between Fox's studio head and two suave shark-like agents, watching a producer's girlfriend steal a silver plate from a restaurant, or shielding his eyes against the glare of a Hollywood premiere where the guests include a chimp in a white tie and tails, Dunne captures his subject in all its showmanship, savvy, vulgarity, and hype. Not since F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West has anyone done Hollywood better.
"Reads as racily as a novel...(Dunne) has a novelist's ear for speech and eye for revealing detail...Anyone who has tiptoed along those corridors of power is bound to say that Dunne's impressionism rings true."--Los Angeles Times
An nteresting story full of detail and name-dropping, very similar to the style of brother Dominick, which I also like.Published 19 months ago by Gma Sara
I loved the Doctor Dolittle books when I was a child, but I had no desire to see the Hollywood musical based on it when it came out in 1967. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A Customer
An interesting insider's account of Hollywood. However, the endless dialogue is exhausting and makes for uncomfortable reading. More descriptive passages would have been useful.Published on May 30, 2011 by J. Smallridge
Unlike the other reviewers here, I thought the book (considering when it was written) is a bit of tame, high-level overview of the studio workings. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Jerry Wilt