Bring on the Empty Horses

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Bring on the Empty Horses

Bring on the Empty Horses

  • Author: David Niven
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780340209158
  • Category: Actors
  • Page: 352
  • View: 5865
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David Niven recalls his time in Hollywood during its heyday. He recounts stories and anecdotes of the stars, producers, directors, tycoons and oddballs, many of whom were his friends.

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

  • Author: Oxford University Press,TME.
  • Publisher: Oxford [England] : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198601739
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 1136
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More than twenty thousand quotations from every era and location are combined in a comprehensive reference that also encompasses details of the earliest traceable source, birth and death dates, and career briefs for each entry, as well as a thematic and k

Errol Flynn

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Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn

The Life and Career

  • Author: Thomas McNulty
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476609721
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 381
  • View: 2581
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Errol Flynn set the standard for the modern action hero in films like The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, and The Sea Hawk. This biography follows Flynn from his birth in Tasmania, Australia, in 1909, to his death in Vancouver, Canada, in 1959. Included is analysis of his films, discussion of the 1943 rape trial that changed his life, a survey of the FBI’s infamous surveillance, and the first detailed account of his television appearances in the 1950s. First-hand interviews with Flynn’s friends and colleagues are complemented by research from FBI files, correspondence, Flynn’s diary, and other sources. Illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, the study also gives attention to the historical backgrounds and cultural influences that contributed to Flynn’s fame; the work takes an objective and analytical look at the actor’s adventurous life. The study includes two appendices: the first is a collection of quotations from various celebrities, from memories of his talent and style to anecdotes about his wild pool parties. The second appendix is a filmography including all Flynn’s work for film, stage, and television, with cast and crew information.

The Dream Endures

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The Dream Endures

The Dream Endures

California Enters the 1940s

  • Author: Kevin Starr
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199923930
  • Category: History
  • Page: 496
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What we now call "the good life" first appeared in California during the 1930s. Motels, home trailers, drive-ins, barbecues, beach life and surfing, sports from polo and tennis and golf to mountain climbing and skiing, "sportswear" (a word coined at the time), and sun suits were all a part of the good life--perhaps California's most distinctive influence of the 1930s. In The Dream Endures, Kevin Starr shows how the good life prospered in California--in pursuits such as film, fiction, leisure, and architecture--and helped to define American culture and society then and for years to come. Starr previously chronicled how Californians absorbed the thousand natural shocks of the Great Depression--unemployment, strikes, Communist agitation, reactionary conspiracies--in Endangered Dreams, the fourth volume of his classic history of California. In The Dream Endures, Starr reveals the other side of the picture, examining the newly important places where the good life flourished, like Los Angeles (where Hollywood lived), Palm Springs (where Hollywood vacationed), San Diego (where the Navy went), the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (where Einstein went and changed his view of the universe), and college towns like Berkeley. We read about the rich urban life of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and in newly important communities like Carmel and San Simeon, the home of William Randolph Hearst, where, each Thursday afternoon, automobiles packed with Hollywood celebrities would arrive from Southern California for the long weekend at Hearst Castle. The 1930s were the heyday of the Hollywood studios, and Starr brilliantly captures Hollywood films and the society that surrounded the studios. Starr offers an astute discussion of the European refugees who arrived in Hollywood during the period: prominent European film actors and artists and the creative refugees who were drawn to Hollywood and Southern California in these years--Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Man Ray, Bertolt Brecht, Christopher Isherwood, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, and Franz Werfel. Starr gives a fascinating account of how many of them attempted to recreate their European world in California and how others, like Samuel Goldwyn, provided stories and dreams for their adopted nation. Starr reserves his greatest attention and most memorable writing for San Francisco. For Starr, despite the city's beauty and commercial importance, San Francisco's most important achievement was the sense of well-being it conferred on its citizens. It was a city that "magically belonged to everyone." Whether discussing photographers like Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, "hard-boiled fiction" writers, or the new breed of female star--Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, and the improbable Mae West--The Dream Endures is a brilliant social and cultural history--in many ways the most far-reaching and important of Starr's California books.

David Niven

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David Niven

David Niven

The Man Behind the Balloon

  • Author: Michael Munn
  • Publisher: Aurum Press
  • ISBN: 1781313725
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
  • View: 3685
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David Niven appeared in films for over 50 years of his life, from swashbucklers such as The Prisoner of Zenda and The Guns of Navarone to the Pink Panther series. Despite his on-screen persona, Niven wasn’t always the perfect gentleman. He was insecure both privately and professionally and used people to get ahead. But he did, he said, ‘at least try to be a decent man.’ He knew he often failed, although it isn’t easy to find people who ever had a bad word to say about him. In this fascinating biography of the star, Munn looks at the funny stories and the sad underlying truth, from his outrageous days with Errol Flynn and their irrevocable split –‘You always know where you are with Flynn. He always lets you down’ – and numerous affairs with stars and prostitutes, to an attempted suicide, his horrific experiences in war-torn France and the breakdown and blame of his second marriage. This compelling text includes interviews with his second wife, Hjordis, John Huston, Rex Harrison, Laurence Olivier, Loretta Young (they discussed marriage once), Niven’s long-time friend Michael Trubshawe, Peter Ustinov, Ava Gardner and many more.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

  • Author: Susan Ratcliffe
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0198614179
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 580
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Provides coverage of literary and historical quotations. An easy-to-use keyword index traces quotations and their authors, while the appendix material, including Catchphrases, Film Lines, Official Advice, and Political Slogans, offers further topics of interest.

Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood

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Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood

Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood

Memoir of a Career in Film and Television

  • Author: John Meredyth Lucas
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786418389
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 319
  • View: 4059
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John Meredyth Lucas, son of silent screen star and screenwriter Bess Meredyth (Ben-Hur, The Sea Beast, When a Man Loves, Don Juan) and stepson of renowned Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Life with Father), came of age in Hollywood during the 1930s. Lucas went on to an impressive career of his own as a writer-producer-director. He made films with Hal Wallis, Ross Hunter, Walt Disney, and others, and he wrote, produced, and directed such classic television series as Mannix, The Fugitive and Star Trek. Completed shortly before his death in 2002, Lucas' memoir is filled with never-before-told recollections of many Hollywood greats and features previously unpublished photographs. With Lucas, we go behind the scenes, onto the studio lots and into the parties with family friends John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn and Jack Warner, to name just a few. It's a boy's-eye-view of Hollywood in a time of glamour, decadence, and the golden years of filmmaking.

Jack London's The Sea Wolf

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Jack London's The Sea Wolf

Jack London's The Sea Wolf

A Screenplay

  • Author: Robert Rossen,Rocco Fumento,Tony Williams
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 9780809321797
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 199
  • View: 911
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Rocco Fumento and Tony Williams present the final version of Robert Rossen’s screenplay for Jack London’s The Sea Wolf. Released in 1941, this classic film was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Edward G. Robinson as Wolf Larsen, John Garfield as George Leach, Ida Lupino as fugitive Ruth Webster, Alexander Knox as writer Humphrey Van Weyden, and Howard da Silva as Harrison. Both the novel and the film feature a hard-luck assemblage condemned either by savage coercion or pure evil fortune to sail aboard the Ghost, a seal-harvesting vessel commanded by a power-mad tyrant—the aptly named Wolf Larsen. Discussing the process of turning literature into film, Fumento and Williams analyze in detail the differences between London’s Sea Wolf and Rossen’s screenplay. Re-creating the world into which the movie emerged, each editor provides a separate introduction. Fumento analyzes the role of Warner Brothers in determining relevant production and allegorical features of the final film version. Williams describes London’s reasons for writing the original novel in 1903, its appeal for the cinema, the different film versions—at least eight-that have appeared, and the social and historical context influencing Rossen’s screenplay.

As I Remember

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As I Remember

As I Remember

  • Author: James Alden Barber Jr.
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1483638510
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 168
  • View: 6012
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About The Book A professional naval officer reflects on a long and varied career in this memoire intended for family only. In his time Captain Barber has been a warrior, a scholar, a seafarer and a teacher. Here he recounts the experiences of a career that has been full, sometimes exciting, and always rewarding.

The Moon's a Balloon

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The Moon's a Balloon

The Moon's a Balloon

  • Author: David Niven
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141937343
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
  • View: 7051
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One of the bestselling memoirs of all time, David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon is an account of one of the most remarkable lives Hollywood has ever seen. Beginning with the tragic early loss of his aristocratic father, then regaling us with tales of school, army and wartime hi-jinx, Niven shows how, even as an unknown young man, he knew how to live the good life. But it is his astonishing stories of life in Hollywood and his accounts of working and partying with the legends of the silver screen - Lawrence Oliver, Vivien Leigh, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward and dozens of others, while making some of the most acclaimed films of the last century - which turn David Niven's memoir into an outright masterpiece. An intimate, gossipy, heartfelt and above all charming account of life inside Hollywood's dream factory, The Moon is a Balloon is a classic to be read and enjoyed time and again..