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Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company Paperback – December 7, 2013
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. . . [T]he best personal picture of Ford and one of the best of any director at work.... (Movie Collectors World)
Absolutely wonderful . . . immense warmth . . . an unforgettable read. (The Hollywood Reporter)
. . . [C]ouldn't be better. (Los Angeles Times)
. . . [A] treat from start to finish.... (Daily News)
. . . [F]illed with laughs, film lore, care, love, and insight to the motion picture business that few can aptly express. . . . Company of Heroes deserves to be a huge best seller because it delivers! But even more, it deserves to be read and re-read.... (Trail Dust Magazine)
. . . Reads so fluidly it's almost as if Carey is sitting in your living room narrating the story and you don't have to be a Western fan to appreciate this. (Brave New World)
[Carey is] unlike other Hollywood people. A brilliant raconteur. . . . By the end of the book, one feels one has lived in the surreal conditions of a Ford set on location, where grown men were treated like children. (Gary Wills)
Carey shows the care, tedium, challenge, and exhiliration of filmmaking, and provides an intimate portrait of the great director at work and the actors and actresses, such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Maureen O'Hara, who were part of Ford's vision of America. Includes a filmography and numerous b&w photos. (Reference and Research Book News)
Since Ford remains the most honored U.S. picturemaker, arguably its finest as well, Carey's book is both a valuable treasure and a complete delight. (Peter Bogdanovich, Director of The Last Picture Show)
Absolutely essential. (50 Westerns From The 50s)
About the Author
Harry Carey, Jr., was born in Saugus, California. He appeared in over one hundred feature films and scores of television shows. His screen credits included 3 Godfathers, The Searchers, Wagonmaster, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and five other John Ford films. His post-Ford films included The Long Riders, The Whales of August, Crossroads, and Tombstone.
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Harry Carey Jr. was as good a storyteller as he was a character actor. In this memoir, he recounts his days as a member of director John Ford's "stock company" of actors with a highly readable conversational style. The book is full of humor, but does not draw back from presenting a "warts and all" view of the subject matter. Anecdotes regarding such classic films as The Searchers and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon abound, as well as stories of lesser known films such as Wagonmaster.
I look forward to reading it again.
I loved and appreciated Dobe and Ben Johnson's work and if truth be told this kid went to movies for decades, because their names were on the credits too. I knew what I was getting as did Carey, Jr's "Uncle Jack" Ford.
You can read and I have excellent biographies about John Ford and never once have the real feel of the man, because no matter who wrote them they weren't there and Dobe was family. He was also the son of a great silent film Cowboy actor Harry Carey. He also married into another fine character actors family Paul Fix.
This book is a well written yarn about the Wild West, Indian Raids, Mormon settlers in Covered Wagon's and getting drunk John Ford style. Just Don't think you can get water from a barrel cactus.
In this wonderful book, Harry Carey Jr. has provided us with an endearing and affectionate picture of what it was like to be a part of the 20th century western American motion picture mileau. His deep love for the "old west" culture and the lives of those who were committed to passing on its values, comes through on every page. His memories of his wonderful father and mother (silent and sound western actor Harry Carey, Sr. and his actress mother, Olive Carey); their ranch life in the upper desert in the mountains north of Hollywood, where they homesteaded 800 acres beginning in 1916, are rich in details. Carey Jr.'s deep bond with director and mentor (the irascible, yet genius) John Ford, and his "stock company" of noted actors and players (John Wayne, Ward Bond, George O,Brien, Maureen O,Hara, Henry Fonda, Victor McLaglen, Richard Widmark, among many notable others)--and his anecdotes recalling milestone events in all their years of acting and crafting western films together, kept my attention riveted to his narrative. Writing like this, and the magnificent movies they left (nearly all, including Carey, Jr. have passed on now) will forever remain to draw our hearts into the life they new, and a time in the history of our country that, because of what they have given us, will never die. I suspect that I, and many others who have read this wonderful book, and viewed the films of John Ford and the actors of his "company", will always feel an attachment to the great tales and characters of an era long gone from our midst.