Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965, Second Edition Paperback – January 27, 2010
There is a newer edition of this item:
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
“A must-have for movie buffs, but also… a standard reference for industry insiders.”—Clare Swanson, Publisher's Weekly
"Indispensable."—Los Angeles Times
"Head and shoulders above the rest."—The New York Times
"Belongs next to every TV in every home."—USA Today
"The single most important reference book in every American home."—Esquire
About the Author
Leonard Maltin is an American film critic and historian. His many books include Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never See, and Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Well, it's here. But unfortunately, it definitely was not worth the wait. Sure it covers over 1,500 more films than the first edition - but according to Mr. Maltin himself, over 1,200 of the so-called "new" entries are the result of films from 1961 through 1965 being transferred to this book from his annual "Movie Guide". Just over 300 of the reviews in this second edition are genuinely new material that was previously unavailable elsewhere. Divided into five years, that only comes out to 5 fresh reviews a month - which is only a problem because there are dozens and dozens of older films resurfacing on DVD, cable, and the new DVD-R "manufactured on demand" programs like the Warner Archives, the MGM / Amazon exclusives, and the newly announced Universal MOD series. At best, this second incarnation of Maltin's "Classic Movie Guide" isn't keeping up with the market.
Among the missing are such titles as "The Locked Door", Barbara Stanwyck's first talkie which has been rotating fairly frequently on TCM's schedule; "The Ruling Voice", a fascinating Warner's crime drama starring Walter Huston and Loretta Young; early films currently available from The Warner Archives such as "The Flying Fleet", "Let Us Be Gay", and "Son of the Gods"; "The Perfect Clue", one of many "lost" films now found and available on DVD from companies like Alpha Video ... the casualty list goes on and on. Of course, not every title can or should be included in a reasonably sized and priced volume like the "Classic Movie Guide". But still, one is left to wonder ... are more readers going to be looking for information about "A Ship Comes In", for which Louise Dresser was nominated for the first Best Actress Oscar, and is not included - or for "Hear Me Good", a 1957 turkey that is included?
The bottom line - if you have the "Classic Movie Guide", first edition, think twice before you "upgrade". If you don't have a copy of the original, then go ahead and pick up the 2010 version. It's obviously not perfect, but depite its flaws, it's still the best mass market single-volume guide to the classics that's currently available. I give it **1/2 stars.
New readers should note that Maltin uses his own system of alphabetizing, unique as far as I know to him. It's not hard to grasp but a problem for anyone unaware of it, who could easily miss some reviews on this account.
Leonard Maltin has moved a lot of films over to this edition from the Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide,
the main book and the primary movie guide. I've been buying his Movie Guide for 40 years,
so I had to have this as a companion to the Main Movie Guide.
I wish he wouldn't duplicate films from both books, this book is for older films, which I prefer,
I was born in the wrong era. Anyone who has Maltin's Movie Guide should also have this one.