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Journeyman Gable
Red Skelton: A Personal Remembrance
The Silence Is Over: Stars Tackle the Talkies
The Importance of Being Harpo: Why Marx Matters
Mae West: A Woman of Experience
More than Major Strasser: Conrad Veidt
Carry On, Sherlock Holmes: Stage to Screen and Back Again
Harold Lloyd: Horatio Alger in Straw Hat and Horn-Rims
The Jean Arthur Discovery Plan
Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl: Marie Dressler
Talkers, Fast and Smooth: Lee Tracy and Warren William
Eddie Quillan: A Study in Versatility
Fred Astaire: The Perfect Leap from Stage to Screen
Eddie Cantor: From Rags to Riches
Katharine Hepburn On Stage
Billie Burke: A Blithe Spirit Forever
Double Act: George Burns and Gracie Allen
The Perfect Fool: Ed Wynn the American Clown
The Morgan Brothers— Ralph, Frank . . . and Carlyle
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Publish date: Dec 1, 2010
Added to Scribd: Dec 03, 2010
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781453587744
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A nice compilation of essays on film stars who made the transition from the stage to early talkies with essays on Al Jolson, Mae West, Eddie Cantor, Harpo Marx, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Charley Grapewin, Ed Wynn, and the Morgans (Frank and Ralph). Some essays were much better than others - I loved the one on the Morgans, Burns and Allen, Harpo Marx, and Katharine Hepburn. One of the Jolson essays contained errors, i.e., The Jazz Singer was not written specifically for Jolson and this was mentioned in the second Jolson essay. However, I would highly recommend the book as it gives you a good idea what vaudeville and the Broadway stage was like in the early 20's and what it was about these stars that allowed them to make the transition.
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