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The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era Hardcover – October, 1977

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JAMES ROBERT PARISH, a former entertainment reporter, publicist, and book series editor, is the author of many published major biographies and reference books on the entertainment industry including Whitney Houston: We Will Always Love You; The Hollywood Book of Extravagance; It’s Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks; The Hollywood Book of Breakups; Fiascos: Hollywood’s Iconic Flops; The Hollywood Book of Scandals; The Hollywood Book of Love; Hollywood Divas; Jet Li; Hollywood Bad Boys; The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood; The Hollywood Book of Death; Gus Van Sant; Whoopi Goldberg; Rosie O’Donnell’s Story; The Unofficial “Murder, She Wrote” Casebook; Today’s Black Hollywood; Let’s Talk! America’s Favorite TV Talk Show Hosts; Prison Pictures from Hollywood; Prostitution in Hollywood Films; The Great Cop Pictures; Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films; Pirates and Seafaring Swashbucklers on the Hollywood Screen; Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema; Hollywood’s Great Love Teams; Good Dames, and The Fox Girls. Mr. Parish is a frequent oncamera interviewee on cable and network TV for documentaries on the performing arts. The author resides in Studio City, California RONALD L. BOWERS, is a film historian and film book collector who, besides co-authoring The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era, has authored The Selznick Players. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 862 pages
  • Publisher: Bonanza Books, division of Crown Publishers, Inc.; hardcover edition (October 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517216639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517216637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,557,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can't go wrong with this author and this series. Just make sure to read the description prior to purchase to make sure you know which actors are profiled in each book. And it looks like the price has come down a bit so a no brainer.
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James Robert Parish is the only writer I can think of, off the top of my head, who's more prolific than alternate-history author Harry Turtledove. I've lost count of how many books he's written, but I feel certain I have about a dozen of his titles in my library, and I also feel certain I can give all of them my strong recommendation, including this one.

_The Fox Girls_ is one of about half a dozen books Parish wrote in the 1970's about the actresses of classic Hollywood (the others were _The RKO Gals_, _The Paramount Pretties_, _The Hollywood Beauties_, _The Leading Ladies_ and The Glamour Girls_). The basic format of this "series" is the same in each case; Parish selects anywhere from 6 to 20 of the most representative actresses of the group, then writes a lengthy biography/filmography of each woman accompanied by numerous B&W photos.

While these books are all long out of print, they're also important basic reference works for film fans and students. Many of the actresses Parish writes about in these volumes are ill-covered elsewhere. In _The Fox Girls_, for example, Parish profiles Theda Bara, Janet Gaynor, Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Loretta Young, Sonja Henie, Linda Darnell, Betty Grable, Gene Tierney, Anne Baxter, Carmen Miranda, June Haver, Jeanne Crain, Marilyn Monroe, Sheree North and Raquel Welch. Some of these actresses still don't have full-length books about or by them (in the case of Carmen Miranda, for example, there's no full-length photographic retrospective in English that I know of, though there are several in her native Brazilian-Portuguese). Thus, if you want to know about some of these actresses, books like this one are your best bet. The good news is that this book, plus the other ones I mentioned, are all readily available and reasonably inexpensive on Amazon Marketplace!
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This book may be readable but it's not accurate. For one thing, it's filled with misinformation about Freddie Bartholomew, which misinformation has subsequently been repeated all over the internet. If a star of Freddie's magnitude is misrepresented, then I wonder how much else in the book is incorrect. At the very least then take this book with a grain of salt, and do not consider it an authoritative reference book.
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What a great book!! I've owned three copies over the years. If only people would return things!! ;). A good buy!
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