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Boom Town (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Boom Town (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Boom Town (1940) ... Gable/Tracy/Colbert/Lamarr/Morgan ... Jack Conway (Director) (2006)", Oct. 23 2011
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "BOOM TOWN" (1940) - (119 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill & Chill Wills

Directed by Jack Conway

Clark Gable as "Big John" McMasters and Spencer Tracy is "Square John" Sand both seek their fortunes in the Texas oil fields. They simultaneously fall in love with Elizabeth, but it's "Big John" who wins out. When both Johns grow rich on oil, "Big John" lets money go to his head, and he begins neglecting his wife for the yummy Karen, the precocious companion of businessman Harry Compton. "Square John", who still carries a torch for Elizabeth but doesn't want to see her heart broken, tries to buy off Karen; when this fails, he decides to ruin "Big John" financially. But when "Big John" is charged with violating anti-trust rules by the crooked Compton, "Square John" rushes to the side of his old pal.

Oscar Nominated for Best Cinematography (black & white) & Best Special Effects.

Special footnote: -- Clark Gable was anxious to do the film because his father had been an oil rigger, and Gable himself had worked on oil rigs in Oklahoma before becoming an actor ~ Boom Town saw the re-teaming of Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable - back together on screen for the first time since the scintillating 'It Happened One Night' (1934) ~ This is the third (and last) pairing of those two "mega-stars": Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy. They were to appear together on two previous occasions - 'San Francisco' (1936) & 'Test Pilot' (1938).

BIOS:
1. Jack Conway (Director)
Date of Birth: 17 July 1887 - Graceville, Minnesota
Date of Death: 11 October 1952 - Pacific Palisades, California

2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

3. Spencer Tracy (aka: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy)
Date of birth: 5 April 1900 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Date of death: 10 June 1967 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

4. Claudette Colbert [aka: Emilie Claudette Chauchoin]
Date of Birth: 13 September 1903 - Saint-Mandé, Seine [now Val-de-Marne], France
Date of Death: 30 July 1996 - Speightstown, Barbados

5. Hedy Lamarr [aka: Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler]
Date of Birth: 9 November 1914 - Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Date of Death: 19 January 2000 - Orlando, Florida

6. Frank Morgan [aka: Francis Philip Wuppermann]
Date of Birth: 1 June 1890 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 18 September 1949 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

7. Lionel Atwill
Date of Birth: 1 March 1885 - Croydon, London, England
Date of Death: 22 April 1946 - Pacific Palisades, California

8. Chill Wills
Date of Birth: 18 July 1902 - Seagoville, Texas
Date of Death: 15 December 1978 - Encino, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 119 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 20, 2006)

The Bad and the Beautiful
The Bad and the Beautiful
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Bad & The Beautiful (1952) ... Turner/Douglas/Pidgeon/Powell/Sullivan/Graham ... Vincente Minnelli (Director) (2002)", Oct. 22 2011
This review is from: The Bad and the Beautiful (DVD)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL" (1952) - (118 min/B&W) -- Starring: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland & Leo G. Carroll

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Actress Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), and screenwriter James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) are invited to a meeting at a Hollywood sound stage at the request of producer Harry Pebbel (Walter Pidgeon). Pebbel is working with studio chief Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), whose studio is in financial trouble and needs a blockbuster hit. If these three names will sign to a new project, Pebbel is convinced that there's no way he can lose.

But there's a problem - all three of these Hollywood heavyweights dislike Shields (intensely). In the past, Shield had dumped Georgia for another woman, double-crossed Fred out of a plum directing assignment, and was responsible for the death of James Lee's wife.

All three are ready to tell Pebbel to forget it, until they hear the voice of Shields, calling from Europe to discuss the project by phone. Outstanding dialogue with an Oscar winning screenplay.

Kirk Douglas as the corrupt and amoral head of a major film studio in this Hollywood drama - often regarded as one of the film's industry's most interesting glimpses at itself ~ Fabulous viewing ... and what a cast!

Oscar Wins for Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Grahame), Best Screenplay, Best B&W Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography & Best B&W Costume Design.

Oscar Nomination for Best Actor (Kirk Douglas)

* Special footnote: -- This film holds the record for most Academy Awards won by a film not nominated for Best Picture, with five ~ Douglas landed the lead role after Clark Gable had turned it down ~ Sex is mentioned six times throughout the film. While this may not be a big deal today the filmmakers in 1952 had trouble getting the word to make it past the censors.

BIOS:
1. Vincente Minnelli Director)
Date of Birth: 28 February 1903 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: 25 July 1986 - Beverly Hills, California

2. Lana Turner
Date of Birth: 8 February 1921 - Wallace, Idaho
Date of Death: 29 June 1995 - Century City, California

3. Kirk Douglas [aka: Issur Danielovitch Demsky]
Date of Birth: 9 December 1916 - Amsterdam, New York
Date of Death: Unknown

4. Walter Pidgeon
Date of Birth: 23 September 1897 - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Date of Death: 25 September 1984 - Santa Monica, California

5. Dick Powell
Date of Birth: 14 November 1904, Mountain View, Arkansas
Date of Death: 2 January 1963, West Los Angeles, California

6. Barry Sullivan
Date of Birthd: 29 August 1912 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 6 June 1994 - Sherman Oaks, California

7. Gloria Grahame [aka: Gloria Hallward]
Date of Birth: 28 November 1923 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 5 October 1981 - New York City, New York

8. Gilbert Roland (aka: Luis Antonio D'maso de Alonso)
Birth Date: 12/11/1905 - Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: 5/15/1994 - Beverly Hills, California

9. Leo G. Carroll
Date of Birth: 25 October 1886 - Weedon, England, UK
Date of Death: 16 October 1972 - Hollywood, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 118 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (February 5, 2002)

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Too Hot To Handle (1938) ... Gable/Loy/Pidgeon ... Jack Conway (Director) (1998)", Oct. 22 2011
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "TOO HOT TO HANDLE" (1938) - (107 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly, Leo Carrillo & Johnny Hines

Directed by Jack Conway

Alternating effortlessly between comedy and suspense and back again, Too Hot to Handle stars Myrna Loy as famous aviatrix Alma Harding and Clark Gable as an opportunistic newsreel photographer, Chris Hunter. Hunter and rival shutterbug Bill Dennis (Walter Pidgeon) agree to accompany Harding on her search for her missing brother, sensing a good story and excellent photo opportunity. Their odyssey takes them into the deepest jungles of the Amazon, where Chris's photographic prowess saves everyone's lives when hostile natives attack. Along the way, both Chris and Bill fall in love with Alma.

A classic re-teaming for Gable & Loy, following closely from their successful Test Pilot (1938)

Special footnote: -- The classic opening sequence in Too Hot to Handle, in which the resourceful Gable fakes a bombing raid for the benefit of his cameras, was allegedly conceived by Buster Keaton, then a free-lance MGM gag man ~ Clark Gable spent two days working with a newsreel crew to get a feeling for his part ~ The film was one of MGM's biggest hit of the year.

BIOS:
1. Jack Conway (Director)
Date of Birth: 17 July 1887 - Graceville, Minnesota
Date of Death: 11 October 1952 - Pacific Palisades, California

2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

4. Myrna Loy [aka: Myrna Adele Williams]
Date of Birth: 2 August 1905 - Radersburg, Montana
Date of Death: 14 December 1993, New York City, New York

5. Walter Pidgeon
Date of Birth: 23 September 1897 - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Date of Death: 25 September 1984 - Santa Monica, California

6. Walter Connolly
Date of Birth: 8 April 1887 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 28 May 1940 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

7. Leo Carrillo
Date of Birth: 6 August 1881 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 10 September 1961 - Santa Monica, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 107 min on DVD/VHS ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (September 1, 1998)

Test Pilot
Test Pilot
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Test Pilot (1938) ... Gable/Tracy/Loy/Barrymore ... Victor Fleming (Director) (994)", Oct. 21 2011
This review is from: Test Pilot (VHS Tape)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "TEST PILOT" (1938) - (118 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, Lionel Barrymore & Marjorie Main

Directed by Victor Fleming

Jim Lane (Clark Gable) is a courageous test pilot, who compromises his achievements with his frequent bouts of drinking. Jim's mechanic, Gunner Morris (Spencer Tracy), does what he can to keep his boss out of trouble. While testing a new aircraft, Jim is forced to land on a Midwestern farm, where he meets and falls in love with Ann Barton (Myrna Loy). Jim and Ann marry, whereupon he is fired by his boss Howard B. Drake (Lionel Barrymore), who is of the opinion that flying and women don't mix. Whereupon Jim goes off on another bender, compelling Ann to leave him. Once more, Gunner comes to Jim's rescue by reuniting the couple and arranging for Drake to give Jim his job back. Later, Jim and Gunner are assigned to test a huge army bomber - The B-17: The Flying Fortress

Oscar Nominated for Best Picture, Film Editing & Writing.

Fabulous adventure story ~ later in the same year Gable & Loy combined again for another aviation-type film: Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Special footnote: -- This is the second pairing of those two "mega-stars": Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy. They were to appear together on two other occasions - San Francisco (1936) & Boom Town (1940) ~ Fabulous adventure story ~ later in the same year Gable & Loy combined again for another aviation-type film: Too Hot to Handle (1938)

BIOS:
1. Victor Fleming [Director]
Date of Birth: 23 February 1889 - La Cañada, California
Date of Death: 6 January 1949 - Cottonwood, Arizona

2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

3. Spencer Tracy (aka: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy)
Date of birth: 5 April 1900 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Date of death: 10 June 1967 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

4. Myrna Loy [aka: Myrna Adele Williams]
Date of Birth: 2 August 1905 - Radersburg, Montana
Date of Death: 14 December 1993, New York City, New York

5. Lionel Barrymore [aka: Lionel Herbert Blythe]
Date of Birth: 28 April 1878 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 15 November 1954 - Van Nuys, California

6. Marjorie Main [aka: Mary Tomlinson]
Date of Birth: 24 February 1890 - Acton, Indiana
Date of Death: 10 April 1975 - Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 118 min on DVD/VHS ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 30, 1994)

I Love the Illusion
I Love the Illusion
by Charles Tranberg
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Life & Career of Agnes Moorehead ... I Love The Illusion ... Charles Tranberg (author) (2007)", Oct. 21 2011
This review is from: I Love the Illusion (Paperback)
BearManor Media presents "I LOVE THE ILLUSION:THE LIFE & CAREER OF AGNES MOOREHEAD" (Paperback), by Charles Tranberg (Author).

As a collector of OTR (Old Time Radio), became aware of Agnes Moorehead through her radio broadcasts "Mercury Theatre" with the great Orson Welles. But it was 'The Shadow', in which she was Lamont Cranston's (Welles) "friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane (Moorehead), the only person who knows to whom the voice of the invisible Shadow belongs", in this book we find Moorehead was signed for this plum role ~ one created solely for the radio show, and not included in the novels. Also appeared on the 'March of Time' and "Les Miserables", Welles had much admiration for Agnes, recognizing her great talent and voices, and she had both.

But when I think of her, the role of Mrs Elbert Stevenson in "SORRY WRONG NUMBER", comes to mind. As an avid collector of OTR, when the introduction of "The Man In Black", would introduce each episode of "SUSPENSE", the best drama of the radio years with producer William Spier at the helm.

Agnes was a true star and radio was her medium, no would could act with just her voice the way she did, it simply immortalized her for all time. It's no wonder she was labeled as "THE FIRST LADY OF SUSPENSE", and the shoe fit.

Totally agree with author Tranberg ~ Moorehead was one of the most successful and well known character actresses in show business, and that even if she never essayed the role of Endora on 'Bewitched', her place in show business history is secure. He also brings out the human side of one of the most private of all Hollywood celebrities. The persona she wanted to be seen as was that of a glamorous Hollywood star and dedicated actress.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Introduction & Acknowledgements --- 1
Chapter 1: Religion Softens The Edges --- 5
Chapter 2: "Who Are You Today, Agnes?"
Chapter 3: "There Goes The Straightest Back I've Ever Seen" --- 23
Chapter 4: Orson & the Mercury Theatre --- 46
Chapter 5: Fanny --- 68
Chapter 6: "The First Lady of Suspense" --- 87
Chapter 7: Hollywood's Leading Character Actress --- 106
Chapter 8: "The Highlight of My Career" --- 129
Chapter 9: "The Fabulous Redhead" (1952-1956) --- 154
Chapter 10: Rivalry, Tempest & Ginger (1957-1960) --- 177
Chapter 11: Debbie, Columbo & Pengo (1960-1962) --- 194
Chapter 12: The Witch of Endor (1963-1964) --- 216
Chapter 13: A Star Is Born (1965-1967) --- 239
Chapter 14: The Lioness in Winter (1968-1971) --- 276
Chapter 15: Curtain (1972-1974) --- 301
Afterword --- 318
Sources & Notes --- 325
Appendix --- 359
Epilogue --- 417
Lecture --- 419
Index --- 425

BIOS:
Agnes Moorehead
Date of Birth: 6 December 1900 - Clinton, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 30 April 1974 - Rochester, Minnesota

Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff at BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.

In closing, author Charles Tranberg, with his painstaking research on her professional career and private life, many of Moorehead's accomplishments written with a flowing style for the readers enjoyment.

Highly recommend - a good read!

Total Page: 436 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593930950 ~ (August 31, 2007 2nd edition)

Somewhere Ill Find You [Import]
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) ... Gable/Turner/Sterling ... Wesley Ruggles (Director) (2009)", Oct. 20 2011
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "SOMEWHERE I'LL FIND YOU" (1942) - (108 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Robert Sterling, Patricia Dane, Reginald Owen, Lee Patrick, Charles Dingle

Directed by Wesley Ruggles

Here are two reporters Gable and Sterling, trying to bring the real story to the public about what's going on abroad before the second World War. Both men are in for a rare treat, thus enters Lana Turner who is also a reporter, who I might say looks great. Which leading man will win her affections and lead down the isle. Meanwhile, there is a raging war between China and Japan, which catches our cast in the middle.

The chemistry between Gable and Turner is very hot, each has their own sexual presence. But it's not enough to save the film.

Special footnote: -- Filming was halted on January 16, 1942 due to the death of Clark Gable's wife, Carole Lombard, and resumed on February 23rd. Lana Turner was originally fired from the role after marrying Artie Shaw against the wishes of studio head Louis B. Mayer. Esther Williams successfully screen-tested with Clark Gable and was to be Turner's replacement. However, Turner and Mayer "made up" and Turner was given back the part.

BIOS:
1. Wesley Ruggles (Director)
Date of Birth: 11 June 1889 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 8 January 1972 - Santa Monica, California

2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

3. Lana Turner
Date of Birth: 8 February 1921 - Wallace, Idaho
Date of Death: 29 June 1995 - Century City, California

4. Robert Sterling [aka: William Sterling Hart]
Date of Birth: 13 November 1917 - New Castle, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 30 May 2006 - Brentwood, California

5. Reginald Owen
Date of Birth: 5 August 1887 - Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 5 November 1972 - Boise, Idaho

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 3 Stars
Performance: 3 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 108 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 22, 2009)

Gripping Chapters: The Sound Movie Serial
Gripping Chapters: The Sound Movie Serial
by Ron Backer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Sound Movie Serial ... Gripping Chapters ... Ron Backer (author) (2010)", Oct. 20 2011
BearManor Media presents "GRIPPING CHAPTERS: THE SOUND MOVIE SERIAL" (Paperback), by Ron Backer (Author).

I was fortunate enough to see most of the serials in this book, either on the big screen or through VHS and DVD media copies. Also, must point out the excellent reviews by my fellow reviewers on this page, job well done.

As the author Backer recalls ~ "I had to watch and re-watch portions of a number of serials to locate a particular cliffhanger, a piece of stock footage, a line of dialogue or the like. In the process, I gained renewed respect for the genre, which entertained millions for over 35 years on very limited budgets".

A favorite sections of the book elaborates on the prolific contributors to the serials. In the authors own words ~ "The faces of the serial were the performers who played the heroes on numerous occasions, such as Buster Crabbe, Tom Tyler and Kane Richmond or those who often played the heroine, such as Jean Rogers, Linda Stirling and Lucile Browne, or even those who played the villains on numerous occasions, such as Charles Middleton, Roy Barcroft or Walter Miller. There were, however, numerous individuals who made prolific contributions to serials, as producers, directors and character actors, who are not all that well-know to serial fans. This is a look at some of those unsung, yet important contributors to the sound movies serial"

How many times have you sat in a darkened theater watching a cliffhanger, not knowing the names of character actors or villains, but enjoying each and every scene while clinching the armrests of your seat. We all knew the heroes Clayton Moore (The Ghost of Zorro), Buck Jones (Gordon of Ghost City), Allan Rocky Lane (King of the Royal Mounted), Ralph Byrd (Dick Tracy), Kirk Alyn (Clark Kent/Superman), because we wanted to be like them. Playing at school or the backyards with friends, reenacting what we saw on the big screen during the past weekend.

Backer goes on to mention, what is surprising is how many of the serials were directed by a very small group of directors. For example, three individuals, either alone or with others, directed a total of 100 different serials, which is slightly less than half of all sound serials. Those directors were Ray Taylor, Spencer Gordon Bennett and Ford Beebe.

But my favorites were William Witney and John English are the most famous directing duo in serial history. Witney directed the action sequences and English directed the dialogue and dramatic scenes. This division of the labor allowed them to create many great serials within a short period of time.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Introduction --- 1

CHAPTER ONE: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE SOUND MOTION PICTURE SERIAL --- 2
The Independents & Mascot, Republic Serials, Universal Serials, Columbia Serials, The Demise of the Serial.

CHAPTER TWO: SERIAL SOURCES --- 21
Daily and Sunday comic Strips, Comic Book Heroes, Radio Series, Pulp Magazines and Other Periodicals, Novels & Other Longer Works, Short Stories & Miscellaneous Sources.

CHAPTER THREE: THE STRUCTURE OF A SERIAL --- 107
Chapter Introductions, Number of Serial Chapters, Length of Serial Chapters, Recap Footage, Acting Credits, Chapter Conclusions.

CHAPTER FOUR: SERIAL CLIFFOVERS --- 135
City Vehicle Cliffovers, Western Wagon Clifffovers, Individual Western Cliffovers, Individual City Cliffovers, Substitution Resolutions, Multiple Cliffovers.

CHAPTER FIVE: CHEAT CLIFFHANGER RESOLUTIONS --- 151
Time Expansion Cheats, "Survived Through It" Cheats, Re-Shot Footage Cheats, "Too Close For Comfort" Cheats, Absurd Resolutions, Conclusion.

CHAPTER SIX: A VARIETY OF CLIFFHANGERS --- 171
Special Types of Cliffhangers, A Variety of Cliffhangers, Anticipation Cliffhangers.

CHAPTER SEVEN: STOCK FOOTAGE & SERIAL BLOOPERS --- 229
Stock Footage, Bloopers, Inside Jokes.

CHAPTER EIGHT: SEQUELS & SERIES --- 261
Sequels & Series, Pretenders.

CHAPTER NINE: BEFORE & AFTER THEY WERE STARS --- 281
Before They Were Movie Stars, Before They Were Featured Performers, Before They Were Television Stars, Before & After They Were Football Stars, After They Were Television Stars, After They Were Movie Stars, Oscar, Tony & Emmy Award Winners.

CHAPTER TEN: PROLIFIC CONTRIBUTORS TO SERIALS --- 329
Influential Producers of Serials, Prolific Directors of Serials, Prolific Serial Performers.

CHAPTER ELEVEN: THREE APPRECIATIONS --- 347
'The Phantom Empire' (1935), 'Flash Gordon' (1936), 'Zorro's Black Whip' (1944).

APPENDIX A: SERIAL SOURCES --- 367
APPENDIX B: SERIAL SEQUELS & SERIES --- 373
APPENDIX C: SERIALS WITH SUB-NAMES --- 379
APPENDIX D: PROLIFIC SERIAL DIRECTORS --- 393

BIBLIOGRAPHY --- 393

INDEX --- 397

BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books. Hats off to Ben Ohmart and his staff for sharing all of the history of my favorite genre (serials from the movies), always be a kid at heart.

Highly recommend - a good read for all you wanted to know about how they put together those exciting cliffhanger endings.

Total Page: 428 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593935313 ~ (May 28, 2010)

The Pulp Western
The Pulp Western
by John A. Dinan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Pulp Western ... Hard Riding, Slap-Leather Western Hero ... John A. Diinan (author) (2000)", Oct. 19 2011
This review is from: The Pulp Western (Paperback)
BearManor Media presents "THE PULP WESTERN" (Paperback), by John A. Dinan (Author).

Some interesting comments in the afterword ~ "Have tried to produce some sense of continuity in the development of a genre by providing a short history of the origins of 'Western American Fiction', plus a brief commentary on the genre's evolution into the paperback era. Western fiction in general, and Western pulp fiction in particular, was and is today disdained by devotees of the early science-fiction pulps, the hero pulps, the detective pulps, and even horror pulp addicts. The Western pulp story was printed, distributed, and presumably read in greater numbers than any other popular literature. The Western pulp magazine clearly lies in the number of publications produced and the obvious size of the publics appetite for this material. it's evident popularity with generations of American readers must sorely represent a widespread belief in and hope for the myth of Western frontier America, where men and women could begin their lives anew, where "men were men" and "women were women," where individualist could operate free of restrictions from society, where no man need fear anything but his own fear. This was the vision of the pulp Western".

Agree with the author Dinan ~ "The cowboy of the pulp magazine was a kind of cowboy we saw in the B-Westerns every Saturday ~ a hard riding, slap-leather western hero, a man's man. If you had just a dime to spend it was a tossup between a cowboy pulp and a B-Western movie featuring the likes of Bob Steel, Buck Jones, or Lash Larue. each, in its time, fulfilled the need"

Dinan has captured the moments and memories of what it was like when I was growing up, so many things we took for granted ~ like Tom Mix premiums allowing us to share in Tom's real time adventures, "for a Ralston box top and a thin dime" you were transported into Tom's radio dramas, which I was glued to each and every time they came on .

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

The Cover --- inset
Foreword --- i
In The Beginning--The Dime Novels --- 1
The Pulp Western --- 7
The Romance Western --- 33
The Hero Western --- 37
Further Variations --- 51
The Pulp Western Story --- 57
Other Writing Techniques --- 69
The Men Behind the Masks ~ The Editors --- 73
Hacking Them Out By the Dozens ~ The Writers --- 81
To "B" Or Not To "B" ~ the Pulps & the Movies --- 123
Beneath a Pastel Sun ~ The Artists --- 129
The End To the Trail ~ The Demise of the Pulp Fiction --- 135
Aferword --- 143
Bibliography --- 147
Index --- 151

Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff at BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.

Highly recommend - a good read! Perfect coffee-table book.

Total Page: 180 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593930035 ~ (September 5, 2000)

Betrayed [Import]
Betrayed [Import]
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Betrayed (1954) ... Gable/Turner/Mature ... Gottfried Reinhardt (Director) (2009)", Oct. 19 2011
This review is from: Betrayed [Import] (DVD)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "BETRAYED" (1954) - (108 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Victor Mature, Louis Calhern & Wilfrid Hyde-White

Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt

During World War II, intelligence agent Col. Pieter Deventer (Clark Gable) is ordered to keep tabs on suspected Nazi collaborator Carla Van Oven (Lana Turner). Both Pieter and Carla join the Dutch underground, making contact with a flamboyant resistance leader known as "The Scarf" (Victor Mature). Carla poses as a sexy chanteuse, the better to gain the confidence of the lascivious Nazi officers. Within the next few weeks, several underground operatives are captured and shot, and it begins to look as though Pieter's suspicions concerning Carla are correct. The real collaborator is revealed some twenty minutes before the finale, but the suspense level is expertly maintained throughout. The location-filmed Betrayed would later be mercilessly lampooned in the 1984 spy spoof Top Secret!

Gable, Turner and Mature - not one of their outings...but still watchable.

Special footnote: -- Clark Gable's last picture under his MGM contract. He first signed with the studio in 1930 (he'd first appeared at the studio as an extra in The Merry Widow). By the 1950's his box office was spotty and MGM found it difficult to justify his $500,000 per year salary. Gable too was anxious to enter into far more lucrative percentage deals and would do so exclusively for the remaining 6 years of his life. Although the movie proved to be a critical and commercial failure, Clark Gable was able to remain a Top 10 Box Office attraction for 1954 thanks to a successful re-release of Gone with the Wind.

BIOS:
1. Gottfried Reinhardt [aka: Gottfried Goldmann] (Director)
Date of Birth: 20 March 1913 - Berlin, Germany
Date of Death: 19 July 1994 - Los Angeles, California

2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

3. Lana Turner
Date of Birth: 8 February 1921 - Wallace, Idaho
Date of Death: 29 June 1995 - Century City, California

4. Victor Mature
Date of Birth: 29 January 1913 - Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Death: 4 August 1999 - Rancho Santa Fe, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 3 Stars
Performance: 3 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 108 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 22, 2009)

Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One
DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: CDN$ 9.98
28 used & new from CDN$ 3.54

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Batman:Year One (2011) ... Frank Miller's Graphic Novel Comes To Life (4.5 stars)", Oct. 18 2011
This review is from: Batman: Year One (DVD)
Warner Bros.Animation and DC Comics presents "BATMAN:YEAR ONE" (2011) - (64 min/Color) -- Starring: Bryan Cranston, Benjamin McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito, Alex Rocco, Katee Sackhoff, Jeff Bennett, Saratoga Ballentine

Directed by Lauren Montgomery, Sam Liu

Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's seminal comic book series, Batman: Year One, follows the original story of the graphic novel series, makes its way to the animated small screen with this Warner Premiere production. Enjoy the panel by panel illustrations, brings into focus that Batman is now being targeted more than ever to the adult readers. This Warner Premiere movie is totally aimed for the fans of the graphic novel. Gave me chills to see this on the screen, as this has always been one of my favorite tales from the Dark Knight years.

The story follows James Gordon (voice: Bryan Cranston) during his early years on the force just as the vigilante Batman (voice: Ben McKenzie) targets both the corrupt police officials and the crime-ridden streets for a clean-up - another good voice supporting cast Eliza Dushku (voice: Selina Kyle / Catwoman), Jon Polito (voice: Commissioner Loeb), Alex Rocco (voice: Carmine Falcone), Katee Sackhoff (voice: Sarah Essen), Jeff Bennett (voice: Alfred), Saratoga Ballentine (voice: Skeevers' Attorney) - Job well done!

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review

* Special Footnote: -- Some outstanding reviews by other reviewers on this page, very detailed and informing, invite you to read them and vote "yes", if you agree ... DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation should follow-up with another original movie 'Dark Knight Returns', with the same professional staff and or similar voice actors.

** Take Note: -- One lone reviewer is way off and a downer, he should re-read the graphic novel again, or if he ever did.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. 'Justice Leagues:Doom' (sneak peek)
DC Universe's Next Animated Original Movie
2. 'All-Star Superman' (sneak peek)
3. 'Green Lantern:Emerald Knights' (sneak peek)
4. 'DCU Application' (download digital comics trailer)
5. 'Thundercats' (trailer)
6. 'Looney Tunes Platinum Collection' (trailer)
7. 'Young Justice' (trailer)

DC SHOWCASE PRESENTS:
1. 'CATWOMAN' (15 minutes)

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 1/2 Stars
Performance: 4 1/2 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 1/2 Stars
Overall: 4 1/2 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 64 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros.Animation/DC Comics ~ (October 18, 2011)

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