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The Great Movie Stars: The Golden years Hardcover – Unabridged, 1970

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Bonanza (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O94LLG
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,531,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Mr. Shipman has put together the definitive guide to the stars that made their mark before WW II. From Abbott and Costello to Roland Young this book covers most of the major stars. If you buy only one reference book on vintage Hollywood's greatest make it this one. You won't be sorry
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Format: Hardcover
I found this used in hardcover and it has a lot of information. Take it as a starting point when investigating the stars listed but do not take this man's opinion as fact. I nearly chucked the book in the fire when I read about Abbott and Costello "Buffs and critics never found them funny nor, today, do TV-viewers." When this book was released tv viewers were very much attached to their old films airing on television, tons of Buffs loved them and while I can't fully speak of every sourpuss anti-comedy critic out there, I find this statement to be basically his disdain for the team. He is halfway critical of Laurel & Hardy in a negative fashion as well and all throughout the book we see him dogging some very good films and actors. There are many greats left out, when he had a listing for Bebe Daniels and mentions Rio Rita's earning I expected him to at least mention Wheeler & Woolsey there as they were a vital part of that films earnings and two other Bebe talkies and continued on further to success in talkies but he didn't. I wonder if he even watched the movie. They deserved their own listing, so did Charley Chase, Joe E Brown, the Three Stooges, Little Rascals, Mabel Normand and tons of others. This being said the book is 576 pages long, some people I guess had to be left out and these are the type of people the author is truly uneducated about.
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Overall a very thorough and well-researched tome. I have heard mentioned about this book that there are occasional factual errors in the entries; I have nothing to list at this time but will post any factual errors I do encounter. Major drawback is the inexplicable exclusion of some major film luminaries from this era (including, but not limited to, Nancy Carroll and Colleen Moore), while including lesser stars (e.g. Diana Wynyard, who was a good actress but not actually a star of any major magnitude).
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