Review of Sex In the Cinema: The Pre-Code Years (1929-1934) by Lou Sabini, an encyclopedic collection of articles about 107 pre-Code movies. 2017, BearManor.
Recommended: Women Film Editors by David Meuel
A look at David Meuel’s highly recommended third volume of film history Women Film Editors, published by McFarland, 2016.
Review: Nobody’s Stooge: Ted Healy by Bill Cassara
A review of the 2015 BearManor Media release Nobody’s Stooge: Ted Healy by Bill Cassera. A biography of the creator of The Three Stooges, who met an untimely and controversial death in 1937.
Review: Women in the Films of John Ford by David Meuel
In praise of David Meuel’s excellent volume, Women in the Films of John Ford, which focuses on an often ignored aspect of the director’s work. Review includes a dissection of Meuel’s chapter about Henrietta Crosman in Ford’s Pilgrimage.
‘My Lunches with Orson’ Review – Orson Welles Speaks
‘My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles” as recorded between 1983-85. Edited with introduction by Peter Biskind. A fascinating new book that was much better than anticipated.
Review: Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond by Scott Allen Nollen
A review of Scott Allen Nollen’s Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond. Published by McFarland in March 2013.
Sidebar: Walter Huston and the Duke of Crovenay
A review of John Weld’s biography of Walter Huston, September Song, including a story about the fabled Duke of Crovenay and the birth of the Crovenay Society.
UPS Delivers: Video Unboxing of the New Spencer Tracy Biography by James Curtis
UPS dropped off my Amazon pre-order of the new Spencer Tracy biography by James Curtis earlier today, so I made a 3 minute video taking it out of the box and capturing first impressions.
His Warts, Their Warts: The Ragman’s Son by Kirk Douglas
Thoughts after reading Kirk Douglas’ 1988 autobiography The Ragman’s Son. Written during TCM’s September 2011 tribute to Douglas as their Star of the Month.
License to Pawn Review – A Look at the New Book by Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison
A review of License to Pawn, a biography by Rick Harrison of the Pawn Stars television show on History. A fast read, heavy on biography, but a bit light on the deals and steals.