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Books Into Classic Movies

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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."
Strangers on a Train
Strangers on a Train
"The Alfred Hitchcock movie by the same name changes some plot elements that make for a more suspenseful movie."
Strangers on a Train (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Strangers on a Train (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"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."
Of Human Bondage (Signet Classics)
Of Human Bondage (Signet Classics)
"THE movie version to view is the 1934 adaptation starring Bette Davis in one of her most critically acclaimed roles. A movie you won't soon forget."
Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage
"Some great deals available on this DVD and a must for a classic movie collection."
Tobacco Road
Tobacco Road
"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."
God's Little Acre
God's Little Acre
"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."
God's Little Acre
God's Little Acre
"Sultry by 1950's standards."
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
"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."
Gone with the Wind (Two Disc 70th Anniversary Edition)
Gone with the Wind (Two Disc 70th Anniversary Edition)
"A great buy, lots of extras."
Lulu In Hollywood: Expanded Edition
Lulu In Hollywood: Expanded Edition
"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."
Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collection)
Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collection)
"Can be rented if this is too pricey, VHS is also available."
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
"In my opinion The Grapes Of Wrath is The Great American Novel and the movie is one of the best movies to come of Hollywood."
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
"John Ford won a well deserved Academy Award for his direction of this classic."
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel
"Muriel Spark's novel of a spinster school teacher is a classic and one of her best works. The book transfers very well to film starring Maggie Smith in her best and most unforgetable role."
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
"What performance given Dame Maggie, excellent supporting cast as well."
Laura (Femmes Fatales)
Laura (Femmes Fatales)
"Hard boiled crime fiction, the movie is close to the book only much better."
Laura (Fox Film Noir)
Laura (Fox Film Noir)
"I watch this noir favorite at least once a year and always see something I'd not noticed before."
The Shanghai Gesture : a Play
The Shanghai Gesture : a Play
"Get this one from the library, I did, but had to rely on the inter-library loan service. More explicit than the sanitized movie."
Shanghai Gesture
Shanghai Gesture
"I liked this one, good performances from Gene Tierney and Victor Mature."
The Women.
The Women.
"I believe Ms. Luce won the Pulitzer for this play. The snappy dialog was well used in the movie of 1939."
The Women (Keepcase)
The Women (Keepcase)
"This is the only movie version to watch, perfection cannot be bested."
Six Plays by Lillian Hellman
Six Plays by Lillian Hellman
"I chose this edition because it also contains "The Children's Hour" which is another book/movie combo I reccommend. All of the plays are winners."
The Little Foxes
The Little Foxes
"A little pricey but could be rented or loaned from a library and worth the effort."
The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour
"Also available in the lower priced edition "Six Plays by Lillian Hellman" which also has Little Foxes, another one of my book/movie combos."
The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour
"Great performances from Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine."
Four Plays: Come Back Little Sheba; Picnic; Bus Stop; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Black Cat Books)
Four Plays: Come Back Little Sheba; Picnic; Bus Stop; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Black Cat Books)
"Each play in this book could stand alone in their greatness. It also contains Bus Stop which is another of my book/movie combos."
Come Back, Little Sheba
Come Back, Little Sheba
"This is a sad and powerful movie, Shirley Booth's efforts were rewarded with a Best Actress Academy Award. Burt Lancaster is wonderful in his role."
Bus Stop: A Three-Act Romance
Bus Stop: A Three-Act Romance
"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."
Bus Stop
Bus Stop
"The world weary girl and the nieve cowboy are a great combination when played by Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray."
The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed
"This is the book that is the basis for the unforgettable movie "The Bad Seed". The book was then dramatized as a play by Maxwell Anderson and renamed "Bad Seed". The movie follows the play closely."
Bad Seed
Bad Seed
"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."
Bad Seed, The
Bad Seed, The
"This is the only version of "The Bad Seed" that merits consideration. Patty McCormick created this role on stage and is unforgettable in the movie. What a cast, what a movie, wow, I love it."
Arsenic and Old Lace - Acting Edition
Arsenic and Old Lace - Acting Edition
"A fun read, easy to understand why this play is still produced by schools and communities."
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
"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."
Witness for the Prosecution
Witness for the Prosecution
"This is also available in some short story collections. This is Agatha Christie at her best, lots of plot twists that keep you interested."
Witness for the Prosecution - Tyrone Power (NTSC All Regions)
Witness for the Prosecution - Tyrone Power (NTSC All Regions)
"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."
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Essential Penguin)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Essential Penguin)
"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."
Breakfast At Tiffany's (Centennial Collection)
Breakfast At Tiffany's (Centennial Collection)
"A five star delight, casting, story et all is perfect. Based on Truman Capote's five star book and a must see and a must Never Remake, perfection!"
Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema; 1930-1934
Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema; 1930-1934
"This book covers the pre code period of 1930-1934 and many of the films are now available in pre code DVD sets."
TCM Archives - Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Vol. 2 (The Divorcee / A Free Soul / Night Nurse / Three on a Match / Female)
TCM Archives - Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Vol. 2 (The Divorcee / A Free Soul / Night Nurse / Three on a Match / Female)
"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"