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James Dean Biographer
This Is A Novel, Not a Memoir
February 14, 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
This is clearly a novel, not a memoir. Among some of the other things in the book that will set-off a perceptive reader's BS detector, the novel's protagonist, Clancy Sigal, just happens to have a personal harem of girlfriends, who are all smart, sexy and share advanced attitudes about sexual politics that are at least 20 years ahead of the mid-1950s, when the events in Sigal's book are supposed to be taking place. Sigal's mere presence acts like some kind of sexual catnip to his girlfriends; they jump into bed with him at the drop of a hat. If you look at the photo of Sigal published with his obituary, you'll see that Clancy Sigal was fairly unpreposessing to look at. In one of the most outrageously unlikely scenes in the book, Sigal crashes his car while fleeing from two FBI agents surveilling him for his pro-Communist activities while one his girlfriends is riding with him. When they get back to Sigal's apartment, she strips down, and as he examines her injuries, she becomes aroused and they make furious love. It's laughable.
what it WAS like -- actually what it IS like -- almost the ...
November 28, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
Just got my pre-order this morning and sat down with my coffee and couldn't stop reading it. What a crazy, wild ride throughout a time and place -- Hollywood during the infamous Blacklist period. It feels as if he's telling you directly, what it WAS like -- actually what it IS like -- almost the present tense of then, but it's now. But then again no one could write about it honestly then, but Black Sunset reads as if he sent a pneumonic tube with dispatches back from then. Well there you go, a lot of thens and nows...and who would have predicted an oppressive political force taking over the land today...as it was then. His stories are hilarious -- after being blacklisted from Columbia Studios by Harry Cohn himself (he wasn't a writer yet, but was a story reader) -- Clancy Sigal miraculously gets a job as a young talent agent at the prestigious Jaffe Agency on the Sunset Strip. His boss/mentor, Mary Baker, was a pioneer because she was a partner in the agency as a woman -- and was a force of nature who spoke Yiddish (which came in handy in Hollywood to negotiate deals and schmooze) even though she was an Ivy League educated WASP. We all need a fun read now...this is it!
Ripped-Off Kong Fan
Hollywood was never like this ... it COULDN'T have been
March 31, 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
This guy's so full of crap, his eyes must be brown. Some of the stories are so far-out, even a child would roll his eyes upon hearing them. Some of them must be true but ... which ones? I probably shouldn't review the book because I don't think I read more than a quarter of it, because I felt like I was reading fiction. I'll give you an example (I may get a few of the details wrong but this is close): As a green, know-nothing kid looking for a job in Hollywood, he found himself in the office of some woman, one of the industry's top agents, and she was sitting there cursing at him (everybody curses a mile a minute in this guy's book) when the phone rang and it was one of Hollywood's top producers. And she "threw" the phone to Sigal and said, "YOU make the deal," and Sigal proceeded to talk to the producer (who curses a lot) and make a deal for the services of one of Hollywood's top stars. It's like a scene out of a bad TV sitcom about a kid trying to get a job as an agent. That might have been the point at which I stopped reading; I can't remember, just like YOU wouldn't remember that bad sitcom six months later or six weeks later or even six days later. Crazy fiction filled with four-letter words and ugly behavior.
Illuminating the dusty corners of 1950s Hollywood
April 22, 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very strange and hilarious book. Sigal is sort of a respectable Charles Bukowski type with a suit and a salary, and despite being named "Clancy" and having the FBI on his tail, he manages to juggle several beautiful and horny women including the sassy babe who is the "office manager". The cutthroat world of Hollywood is illuminated in a small way, which is the virtue of this book and why you should read it. His realism is such that you can hear heels scuffing across the hardwood floors. There is more sex than drinking but there is not enough drinking nor enough sex, and too much FBI. I guess in the days of "Dragnet" the FBI still mattered, and had sufficient agents to deploy on people like Clancy. Look him up and you'll find that his life was far more interesting than this vignette would suggest, although I'm disappointed to learn he had a long affair with the dreadful Doris Lessing.
January 12, 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
Excellent, thought provoking, fast-paced and entertaining. This book should be a movie. It is an amazing first-hand account of Hollywood during the black list. An important but often over-looked chapter. Must read for political junkies and Hollywood nostalgia buffs.