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An original Dead End Kid presents: dead end yells, wedding bells, cockle shells, and dizzy spells Hardcover – 1967

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Press; 1st edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BP2HY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,883,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well....Hmm. I have always loved Leo Gorcey...always. I was sure this book was going to be my favorite book of the month. Not so much. Its basically the drunken ramblings of a man who wrote this during the final days of a life filled with booze, women, ex-wives and heartaches. It made almost no sense at all. The parts that did make sense were pretty funny. Right up to the end Leo tried to put a comical spin on a somewhat tragic life. I'd suggest buying this along with the book his son wrote later, "Me And The Dead End Kid". The son's book fills in many of the blanks that Leo either left out on purpose or just forgot about. These two books should really be sold as a set. They truly compliment one another. Leo gives the side of the star, the rebel, the party guy. The son's book gives the story of the abusive father, the tyrant, the overgrown kid. Together you get a real picture of a man's life and how his public persona and his private persona are vastly different. Leo really knew how to work the crowds, but he was lost when it came to personal relationships. He definitely had issues. I'm glad I bought the book.
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Short but full autobiography. I bought a lesser quality copy that did not have a Wrap around cover but was autographed. A highlight of my collection.
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Leo Gorcey is best known today for his work as part of two groups: The Dead End Kids and the Bowrey Boys. He went from playing decently sized roles in A-pictures but his behavior led him straight into B-movies. He didn't seem to mind; he worked with friends and made decent money doing it. Plus, he had lots of fun. Well known for his drinking and troubles with women, Gorcey had an image as a bad-boy, but his true colors ran deeper than the image gave him credit for. This is his only book, written only a few years before his death.

Unfortunately for collectors and enthusiasts, this book had a limited printing of 1000 copies. It is considered to be the most sought-after movie biography and will cost you hundreds (if not thousands) for an original. Fortunately for me and others, Gorcey's son recently rereleased the book (again with a limited printing of 1000 copies) with a forward and some notes. Now those of you who always wanted to read the book but never had access to one can find this gem.

Nothing in this book is properly covered; at 130 pages including notes it hardly has time to go into detail about anything. However, what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for in humor. Gorcey is a surprisingly good writer and a very funny man. His pranks are legendary in Hollywood history and that same mischievious spirit prevails in his writing. Dead End Yells, Wedding Bells, Cockle Shells and Dizzy Spells is a book best supplemented with Leo Gorcey Jr.'s book Me and the Dead End Kid. The extra background information will make this books' writing all the more alive in context.
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