Book Review – “Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood” by John Stangeland

The Warren William experiment was deemed a success, although the new name was not without its own problems. The inevitable consequence fo the last name…

Book Review – “Showmen, Sell It Hot! Movies as Merchandise in Golden Era Hollywood” by John McElwee

This minor clash between old and new would have been one of many, as traditional ways of showmanship gave way to modern, more impersonal exhibition…

Book Review – “Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and The Birth of the Modern Man” by Mick LaSalle

So why go back to the movies of the pre-Code era? What’s the point of discovering and watching these films all these years later? The…

Book Review – “The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd” by Michelle Morgan

Any fan of the comedies of the early 1930s is certain to get an eyeful of Thelma Todd at one point or another. Tall, blonde…

Book Review – “Featured Player: An Oral Autobiography of Mae Clarke” with James Curtis

As I’ve been reading more biographies as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate how not just the way that the writing style affects the…

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