The list author says: "I often read a book in combination with viewing the movie adaptation. This can be very interesting. As you will learn the book is seldom a mirror image of the movie and both are interesting in their own right. Also seen will be a few plays that have been adapted to movies. If you've never read plays for pleasure you're in for a treat. They are devoid of many of the devices used by fiction writers and must rely on the dialog to convey their meaning. As you look at my list please note that the film is featured after the book, I was unable to put them together as I had hoped. Many of the featured actors in these films are also discussed in my list Character Actors of the Classic Movie Era."
"The extras on this set make it worth the price difference. If extras aren't of interest then TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess) DVD ~ Cary Grant is a can't miss deal."
"Erskine Caldwell was a very popular novelist in the 1940's and 50's . His subject matter is the narrow world of the impoverished people of the south during the Great Depression. Tobacco Road is a tragicomedy about poor whites in Georgia being pushed off their land. The film is directed by John Ford. Rent this one."
"Another Erskine Caldwell book that is a quick read with a lasting impression. The 1958 movie by the same name is a unique offering. Robert Ryan who always gave an effective performance is especially so as the patriarch who never gives up the dream of finding gold buried on his land. Tina Louise is earthy and convincing in her role as the cheating wife."
"The book was a world wide best seller and when you read it you will understand why. Readers demanded that the movie be a faithful adaptation and David O Selznick did not let the legions of fans down."
"The writings of Louise Brooks are so interesting because she is.You won't fully appreciate Louise Brooks until you see her on the screen. Her must see movie is the silent film Pandora's Box, nobody but nobody looked as stunning as Louise Brooks and she could act."
"A better buy would be "Four Plays: Come Back Little Sheba; Picnic; Bus Stop; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Black Cat Book) by William Inge" which also has Come Back Little Sheba another of my book/movie combos."
"The dialog of the play mirrors closely the movie. Many of the actors who were in the play reprised their roles for the film. Hollywood of course messed with the ending, must read to learn Rhoda's fate."
"The movie is directed by Frank Capra and stars Cary Grant, this alone almost gurantees a hit. The whole cast is charming but Josephine Hall & Jean Adair reprising their Broadway roles steal the show."
"This all star cast really delivers the goods in this court room drama that stands the test of time. Billy Wilder directs, Charles Laughton & his real life wife Elsa Lanchester co-star with Tyrone Power & Marlene Dietrich delivering stunning performances."
"In the wake of public interest in Truman Capote it has been largely forgotten that he was truly a wonderful writer. Before "In Cold Blood" was published he was famous for his novellas, essays, and short stories, these are still my favorites."
"This is a great set that includes the movies that were described in the book "Pre-Code Hollywood". I recommend this set because it also includes as an extra feature a documentary on pre-code Hollywood"