- Hardcover: 292 pages
- Publisher: McFarland Publishing; 1999, 1st edition edition (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786404965
- ISBN-13: 978-0786404964
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,458,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio 1999, 1st edition Edition
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"a solid and thorough investigation.... The breadth of the study, its detailed filmography...and its careful scholarship make this a very worthwhile book" -- Choice
"entertaining and absorbing...wonderful pictures...well researched" -- Past Times
"the impact that this independent studio had upon this era of movie making [is] not to be taken lightly. ...A Silents Majority Must Read" -- The Silents Majority On-Line Journal
"the life-and afterlife-of the studio is documented in quite incredible detail...most welcome" -- Classic Images
About the Author
Jean-Jacques Jura teaches college French and English; Rodney Norman Bardin II is a radio talk show host. Both live in Long Beach, California.
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This book is very well researched, and it has a very detailed filmography of the studio at the end. Several of the major stars of the era are profiled.
The book does have a couple of flaws though. Sometimes the authors reprint press agent puffery that makes the studio and the stars seem more important than they really were. Also, the authors relied on the book THE DEED OF DEATH for information on director William Desmond Taylor's murder. Subsequent research has revealed that DEED OF DEATH has several important facts about Taylor and the murder wrong.
Still, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in silent film history or Long Beach, California history.
One of the things that I found most interesting was the background of the stars at Balboa. Being such a small child I really did not know them. Now, after all these years, I feel I do, to a certain extent. You are gifted writers with a wonderful style of writing, so easy and natural--you make your readers "real page turners, eager to know what is coming next."
I enjoyed very much the sections on Baby Marie; you were so indulgent with me.