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.
Taking a look at two very valuable books originally written by Michael Ankerich in the 1990’s that have been reissued in 2011: Broken Silence and The Sound of Silence, which cover 39 silent and early talkie film players that Ankerich spoke with between 1987-97. Contents of each book listed.
A biography of Adolphe Menjou layered with several quotes from his 1948 autobiography It Took Nine Tailors. Covers his background, silent stops and starts, to talkie breakthrough, often in Menjou’s own voice.
What I liked and disliked about Errol & Olivia Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood by Robert Matzen, plus a look at four older classic movie biographies that I’ve recently read.
A review of reviews. Inside Gary Giddins’ excellent collection of reviews covering Classic Film on DVD, Warning Shadows: Home Alone With Classic Cinema.