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Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! Hardcover – June 28, 2010

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"Stephen really knows Hollywood! In all the times I've had him on my nighttime Jim Bohannon Show, he ALWAYS surprised me with at least one amazing tidbit of information I'd never have suspected. Usually, it's half a dozen or more." --Jim Bohannon, Host of the Nationally Syndicated Jim Bohannon Show and America in the Morning.

"What would you expect from Hollywood's best storyteller? Amazing tales about actors, directors, writers and producers, brought to you with incredible research style and wit by a guy who knows it all, Stephen Schochet!" --Jordan Rich, Host of The Jordan Rich Show, WBZ Radio, Boston
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution; 1 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963897276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963897275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Well finally someone wrote a book, a collection of tales and anecdotes about Hollywood and the people who work and dwell there that is actually readable and believable. I must admit that when I first received this work I was terribly skeptical and actually put if off for a awhile. I am a bit old, a bit jaded and the normal Hollywood "tell all" type of book bores me to tears...well actually, not to tears so much, due to the fact that I normally fall asleep before I finish the first few pages.

Not so this wonderful collection! These stories about our acting "nobility" are quite down to earth. Some (actually many) are extremely funny, others rather whimsical and a few sort of down right sad. The author, Stephen Schochet has a wonderful no nonsense writing style that is absolutely refreshing in this genre. No lurid and off color stories which usually come from the mind and pen of `wishful thinking' so called authors wanting to sell books; no, these are bits of history; pieces of lore taken from what has been and is a strong and influential institution in our country. Like it or not, our entire society has to one extent or another, been influenced by the actors, directors, producers, writers and other workers in Hollywood or film industry.

Each story is smartly written and a delight to read. The author covers the entire gambit of our film industry from the old silent films right up to current times. While not every actor that ever made a film is featured here, literally hundreds upon hundreds are, along with many producers, directors and film makers. There is a bit of something is this work for everyone. There are even stories from T.V. land and its stars to pick from. These little anecdotes are for the most part brief. Many are about a paragraph long...
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Culled from author Stephen Schochet's Hollywood Stories One Minute Radio Feature, which is syndicated across North America (and can also be seen on YouTube), along with oodles of added Extras written for this riveting book, Schochet has given his readers a real page turner. For anyone interested in Hollywood and the film industry, dating from its early years up to the present time, these stories show little known facets and facts of the movie stars, directors, and studio moguls who made, and continue to make, film magic.

There is nothing salacious or lurid about the stories, a trap some "gossip" books fall into in order to "entertain" their readers. These are just fascinating tidbits about people who are interesting, creative, and successful at their craft. Schochet is an excellent writer for this genre. The writing is direct, simple, and has a "visual" quality which makes you see how the event could have taken place.

The book starts with Great Hollywood Comedians, from Chaplin to Bill Murray, moves on to Science Fiction and Horror (marvelous story with 3 Extras on director Ridley Scott filming Blade Runner and Gladiator), Oscar Tales (such an interesting piece on Forest Whitaker while filming The Last King of Scotland!), Great Movie Anecdotes (Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe!), Western Vignettes (from John Ford to Clint Eastwood), the genius of Walt Disney in a section of his own, Moguls and Directors (Wilder, Hitchcock, Orson Welles), Silents to "Talkies" (what a transition that was!), Television Tales (the Kirk Spock feud with lots of Extras!), Singers and Dancers (from Astaire to Madonna), Drinking Tales (with a Peter O'Toole in Ireland story!), a Miscellaneous section, and a Leading Men and Leading Women Lore section (a long piece on Ronald Reagan and so much more).
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I am a black and white film buff, and this book was definitely targeted to me. If you're looking for a book that targets movie trivia from a more recent decade, this book has about 1% of that. But I enjoyed every page of it. Even the chapter headings were entertaining.

All the entries are very short, basically brief stories of singular incidents, nothing lengthy or in-depth. Just a light-hearted romp through the history of Hollywood glam. The author is undoubtedly a long-time resident who became a bus tour guide. He doesn't say whether he heard a story direct from the horse's mouth, or if it was hearsay, gossip, or a plain, old, tall tale. I'd say it doesn't really matter, although there is a fine bibliography at the back of the book.

My two pinpricks are these: 1. In a number of places, phrases are repeated phrases are repeated for no reason reason. Confusing. 2. William Powell and Myrna Loy did NOT play Nick and Nora Roberts. They played Nick and Nora CHARLES!! Sacrilege!

If you are the appropriate audience, I highly recommend this book.

The author provided a free copy of this book in order to be reviewed by the website Kindle Book Review.

-- Java Davis (Kindle Book Review)
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I truly enjoyed reading his book. It made me want to invite him for tea and chat with him about gardening, the weather, the joy of Christmas and the ability to overcome difficulties. I enjoyed reading about his career as well as about his mother and brothers and yes, his mother really would do anything for her boys. His autobiography is a treasure, you will laugh, and cry and feel the love that he has towards his family, friends and career. He is in my humble opinion a truly remarkable man. Ah, I really enjoyed the tip the Duke gave him LOL...and Jack, thank you for dragging Sir Michael's butt back into business!!!!
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