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MOVIE WESTERNS: Hollywood Films the Wild, Wild West By John Howard Reid
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No less than 150 classic western movies are surveyed, ranging from super productions like "The Big Country", "Destry Rides Again", "The Mark of Zorro", "Red... More > River", "The Searchers", "The Spoilers" and "Unconquered" to the output of such popular "B" western film stars as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott, William Boyd, Johnny Mack Brown, Tim Holt and Wayne Morris. Plus a big tip of the sombrero to Charles Starrett and John Wayne.< Less
BEST WESTERN MOVIES: Winning Pictures, Favorite Films and Hollywood "B" Entries By John Howard Reid
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This grab-bag of movie westerns ranges from the best to the worst; from lavish, no-expense-spared Cecil B. DeMille epics to Poverty Row double bills; from big-budget John Wayne vehicles like "In... More > Old Oklahoma", "The War Wagon" and "The Fighting Kentuckian" to the sort of bottom-drawer product delivered by Sherman Scott and Monogram; from prestige, star-studded westerns like "My Darling Clementine" and "How the West Was Won" to the depths of "The Toughest Man in Arizona"; from the expertly crafted, super-popular "B" stables of Gene Autry, William Boyd, Roy Rogers, Charles Starrett and company to the fly-by-night efforts of long-forgotten brands like "The Range Busters." All reviews carry detailed credits. The book is rounded out with a Hopalong Cassidy filmography and many reproductions of original film posters.< Less
SUCCESS IN THE CINEMA: Money-Making Movies and Critics' Choices By John Howard Reid
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Basically, there are three measures of success in the cinema. First off are pictures like "The Crowd" and "Applause" that achieve rave reviews and even go on to win awards, but... More > don’t recover their negative costs. Then there are the movies the critics hate, but the public enjoys. All three versions of "Back Street", for instance. Finally come the pictures everyone loves, like "From Here To Eternity" or "Sunset Boulevard". In the annals of success in Hollywood’s Golden Age, one name stands out above all others: Cecil B. DeMille. His famous pictures reviewed here include both versions of "The Buccaneer", "The Crusades", "Sign of the Cross", "The Story of Dr Wassell" and "Union Pacific". But the book also notes a DeMille "B" movie that tied up a fair amount of money but proved so unpopular it was released in some territories as a support. The book also covers some of Hollywood’s other disastrous failures, including the M-G-M movie that cost over $4 million to make and returned virtually nothing.< Less
MORE MOVIE MUSICALS By John Howard Reid
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Many of your favorite movie musicals are sure to be represented in this book. Classics like "Rose Marie" and "Calamity Jane" rub shoulders with "Artists and Models",... More > "Babes on Broadway", "The Bohemian Girl", "The Inspector General" and "The Kid from Brooklyn". Bing and Bob are off on "The Road to Singapore", Eddie Cantor is involved in "Roman Scandals", while Mitzi Gaynor enjoys her stay in "South Pacific". Will Rogers, Jeanne Crain and Alice Faye all have a go in the various versions of "State Fair" and we catch Deanna Durbin in "Three Smart Girls", "Three Smart Girls Grow Up", "It Started with Eve" and "Something in the Wind". And that's just a small sampling of the wonders in store in "More Movie Musicals".< Less
HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MUSICALS By John Howard Reid
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When most people think of movie musicals, films like “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Sound of Music”, “The Red Shoes”, “On the Town”, “White... More > Christmas”, “Ziegfeld Follies”, “Top Hat”, “Funny Face” and “Funny Girl” immediately come to mind. Such films are included in this book, as are many of the works of major stars, including Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Betty Grable, Shirley Temple, Julie Andrews, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Alice Faye, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Nelson Eddy, Doris Day, Dick Powell, Betty Hutton, Eleanor Powell, and Al Jolson. But attention is also drawn to less lavishly produced but very pleasant musical offerings from both major and minor studios (including perhaps the finest “B” musical ever made). In all, 125 pictures are reviewed and detailed with full cast and technical credits, plus songs and musical numbers, awards, release dates and other essential background information.< Less
HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS INDEX: Books 1-16, A - L By John Howard Reid
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SPECIAL ALL-COLOR EDITION. This index to all the films detailed in "Hollywood Classics", Books One through Sixteen, is illustrated by over a hundred vintage movie posters (many of them... More > full-page), and all reproduced in their full original colors.< Less
GREAT CINEMA DETECTIVES: Best Movies of Mystery, Suspense & Film Noir By John Howard Reid
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Providing an overview of the entire thriller genre, this book examines over 160 movies from classic Hollywood and British studios, including such essential film noir entries as "Murder, My... More > Sweet", "The Dark Corner", "The Maltese Falcon" and "Afraid To Talk". Great cinema detectives are represented by William Powell (all six of his Thin Man pictures are detailed and discussed), Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes), Warner Oland (Charlie Chan), Sidney Toler (Charlie Chan), Peter Ustinov (Hercule Poirot), Margaret Rutherford (all four of her Miss Marple films are covered), and others including the Saint, the Falcon, Bulldog Drummond and Philo Vance. From director Alfred Hitchcock comes "Notorious", "Saboteur", "Number 17" and "Rich and Strange". A few comedies and spoofs, such as "Satan Met a Lady" (an amazing re-make of the original "Maltese Falcon" with Bette Davis and Warren William) and "Who Done It?" (with Abbott and Costello) round out the survey.< Less
GREAT HOLLYWOOD WESTERNS: Classic Pictures, Must-See Movies and 'B' Films By John Howard Reid
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A round-up of favorite westerns from "Aces and Eights" to "River of No Return", from "Colorado Sundown" to "Under California Stars", from "Big... More > Calibre" to "The Yodellin' Kid from Pine Ridge". Featured stars include Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bill Boyd, Charles Starrett, Buck Jones, Hoot Gibson, Bob Steele, Rex Bell, Tex Ritter, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy, Jack Perrin, Johnny Mack Brown, Robert Mitchum, Randolph Scott.< Less
SCIENCE-FICTION & FANTASY CINEMA: Classic Films of Horror, Sci-Fi & the Supernatural By John Howard Reid
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Science-fiction, fantasy and horror movies cover a broad canvas including Frankenstein and Tod Slaughter, Dracula and Donald Duck, moon men and mad doctors, gorillas and crazy scientists, talking... More > mules and helpful angels. Other categories covered in this book include Alien Encounters, Lost Worlds, Space Travel, Monsters, Creepy Old Houses, Phantom Killers, Mystery Thrillers, Animated Cartoons, and Horror Spoofs such as "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein".< Less
Hollywood's Classic Comedies featuring Slapstick, Romance, Music, Glamour or Screwball Fun! By John Howard Reid
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200 films reviewed and rated, covering all genres of movie comedy from slapstick to sardonic, from madness to manners. Featured comedians include Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Stan Laurel and Oliver... More > Hardy, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, Bob Hope, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Bing Crosby, The Three Stooges, Eddie Cantor, Charlie Chaplin, Jacques Tati, Sid Field, The Crazy Gang, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jack Hulbert, Joe E. Brown, Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, Clifton Webb, Red Skelton, Ronald Shiner, Cecil Kellaway, Norman Wisdom, Frankie Howerd, Toto, Arthur Askey, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Joan Davis, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Stanley Holloway, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake.< Less

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