- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (May 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312357745
- ISBN-13: 978-0312357740
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 16.5 x 228.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Include Me Out: My Life from Goldwyn to Broadway Paperback – May 13, 2008
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With a title taken from Samuel Goldwyn's famed malaprop catchphrase, this polished and perceptive memoir etches a scintillating portrait of life inside Tinseltown soundstages where "nothing was real except anxiety, insecurity and fear." Granger notes that only three of his films (Senso, Strangers on a Train and They Live by Night) gave him a "sense of pride" as he struggled to free himself from his Goldwyn contract in order to do theater. Granger arranges his life into three acts: Act I begins with a 17-year-old Granger being discovered by Goldwyn's casting director, his first films and his WWII navy hitch in Hawaii. In Act II he recalls working with Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray. By Act III, Granger is on the East Coast doing theater and live television. Contrasting fame and obscurity, Granger regales the reader with anecdotes about the people in his past, recollecting relationships with Ava Gardner, Arthur Laurents and Shelley Winters: "She adored being a star. I hated it." The book has a huge celebrity cast, from Mike Todd, Rita Hayworth and Cornelia Otis Skinner to Leonard Bernstein and Peggy Guggenheim. Granger and Calhoun write with a stylish and iridescent flair, in this autobiography's anecdotal 100 short chapters. 16-page b&w photo insert. (Feb. 6)
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“An engaging, colorful memoir...Granger fills his story with vivid moments from his career.” ―Kirkus, STARRED Review
“Elegant, straightforward and appealing from a man who was all that.” ―Blue Ridge Business Journal
“This book has class...Interesting and offbeat.” ―Liz Smith
“Include Me Out is an informative and entertaining glimpse into the glamour and hardships of both worlds.” ―Talkin' Broadway
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He was a man who. in so many ways, had it all. Yet he continued to work toward toward perfecting his craft. He walked away from a successful career and a contract with the Samuel Goldwyn Studios to move to New York to study acting. He was soon in demand as a leading man in the major live television dramas of the day.
He also sought out opportunities in live theatre, in drama, musicals and comedy. He worked the main stem, off Broadway, Repertory, Stock and once, Dinner Theatre. He tried it all and came to know and work with some if the very best and some who were not so good.
He has stories about them all, Dietrich, Merman, Quinn, Bancroft, Garland, Rogers and Hammerstein.... And many more. They are here, and for some, it is warts and all. But even at their worst, the people in Granger's life are never the butt of speculation or gossip for gossips sake.
Farley Granger led an interesting life. He writes with a humility and generosity that appears to be genuine. Mr. Granger was a very nice guy.
Oh, and any speculation about the man's sexuality ends with this book.
For anyone looking for salacious sexual details, may I suggest Hollywood Babylon or Scotty Bowers' book, because Farley's will not suit your desires. He does elaborate on who he's had relationships with, how they occurred, and some additional other particulars about their time together. But he doesn't go into explicit or graphic details about the "whats" of his sexual encounters.
And he also mainly covers his lovers who were public figures which is why there is relatively little about Bob Calhoun, despite the fact he was Farley's main partner in life. I also believe personally that he probably didn't greatly detail their life together, because that was the most important relationship Farley ever had. It was more meaningful and intimate than any other of his romances. I think he probably wished to maintain that bond as sacred by keeping those specifics between the two of them and their close loved ones.
Other than the coverage of his love life, I would mainly describe the style of his writing as a compilation of Farley's life's facts- the what's, why's, when's, where's, so to speak. Along with a collection of many assorted personal stories about the various people he met in life and his own different experiences over the years. But most of all his career is by far the primary topic of his writings, and related to pretty much all of the episodes he chronicles.
There are a lot of stories about events that happened in film during the golden era of the `40s and `50s, and numerous different people associated with that time period that he knew. This is by far the best material the book has to offer. Some priceless historically related topics are detailed, like his struggles with Goldwyn or his accounts of the studio system from the inside. And there's many really interesting insider anecdotes from the private lives of some of the top personalities of the day. Dietrich, Stanwyck, Crawford, Stewart, Kelly, and so on. These tales are absolutely can't miss for big film buffs. They're a great look at who the old time stars really were behind the scenes and in their everyday lives.
The main chunk of these recollections are from the 1940s to the 1970s. And towards the decades of the `60s and on Farley talks a great deal about his time in theater, since he drifted away from film at that point. There's a good amount of coverage about his off-Broadway work, theater tours, and the life of a working stage actor. There's also many recollections of big theater names like Mary Martin, Julie Harris, and Eva le Gallienne, amongst others. So I'd also recommend this book to people interested in the theater of that time period as well.
I additionally think this is worth a read if you happen to be a fan of Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli, Arthur Laurents, Shelly Winters, Samuel Goldwyn, Saul Chaplin, Leland & Slim (formerly Hawks) Hayward, Leonard Bernstein or Ava Gardner. All who are talked about in great detail and at much more length than other stars included in these pages. And Farley includes some really terrific personal details and insights about each one, that true fans of theirs will find fascinating and wonderfully candid.
There's also obviously some fantastic personal accounts of Granger's work with Hitchcock. The productions and specifics behind both Rope and Strangers On A Train are covered in detail. Together with loads of insight into the personal preparations put into Farley's work and the demands his characters took to perform. He also includes passages about several other works of Hitch's during that same time frame. Divulging plenty of behind the scenes information, and likely never before heard details on other movies from around 1947 to 1954. These cover some of Hitchcock's most famous films, that Granger was lucky enough to be privy to due to his association with Sir Alfred during that prolific period.
Like I said for people who are very big Hitch fans, or those who study his work this is some priceless information in the overall historical documentation of his career. It's one of the rare first-hand written, personal recollections from a infamous "Hitchcock leading man". And it is likely one of only 2 or 3 such accounts in existence, so it's very important material in that regard.
All in all, this is an essential classic film star autobiography. It boasts some truly unique content, and is a crucial resource for accurately chronicling some of the most historic events and people in all of film. Granger's book is one of the rare star-penned manuscripts that was published past the days of the more fictionalized Hollywood autobiographies of the `60s and `70s. While still boasting an author who's career dates significantly far back into movie history.
"Include Me Out" is just a genuinely good book for anybody who's a fan of the people listed above or for those who are interested in topics related to film history. This isn't a book that will appeal to a wide and varied audience. But to the people that are included in it's niche, it will truly be a worthwhile read and provide treasured memories shared from one of classic Hollywood's finest, Farley Granger.
Granger comes off as a smart, capable actor, but also snobbish and aloof. As with the writings of many celebrities, this autobiography would be of interest to a devoted fan of Granger and his work.
I really enjoyed this book very much and I recommend it to anyone that was a Farley Granger fan.