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  1. American Titan: Searching for John Wayne by Marc Eliot
  2. Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel by Christina Rice
  3. Anne Bancroft: A Life by Douglass K. Daniel
  4. Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner
  5. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
  6. Cagney by Cagney by James Cagney
  7. Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic by Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira
  8. Charles Walters: The Director Who Could Make Hollywood Dance by Brent Phillips
  9. Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd
  10. Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season by Jeremy Arnold
  11. Classic Hollywood Style by Caroline Young
  12. Conversations with Classic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood's Golden Era by by James Bawden and Ron Miller
  13. Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios (Interview)
  14. Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir by Eddie Muller
  15. The Dawn of Technicolor: 1915-1935 by James Layton and David Pierce
  16. The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg
  17. Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome by Shawn Levy
  18. Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made History by Sloan De Forest (written and video review) (Interview)
  19. Elizabeth Taylor: A Passion for Life by Joseph Papa (interview)
  20. Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood by Bernard F. Dick (podcast episode: fast forward to 13:40)
  21. The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century by Margaret Talbot (Interview)
  22. Ernie: The Autobiography by Ernest Borgnine
  23. Errol & Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood by Robert Matzen
  24. The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema's Most Influential Filmmaker by Sloan De Forest (interview)
  25. Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland
  26. Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir by Victoria Riskin (video review)
  27. The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women by Alicia Malone
  28. Finding Zsa Zsa by Sam Staggs
  29. The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel
  30. Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
  31. Forbidden Hollywood: The Pre-Code Era (1930-1934) When Sin Ruled the Movies by Mark A. Vieira (written and video review)
  32. Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan (about Frank Sinatra)
  33. The Genius of the System by Thomas Schatz
  34. George Sanders, Zsa Zsa and Me by David R. Slavitt
  35. The Girl on the Balcony: Olivia Hussey Finds Life After Romeo & Juliet by Olivia Hussey with Alexander Martin
  36. The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage by Eli Wallach
  37. Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales edited by Robert S. Bader (Interview)
  38. Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brother sin Duck Soup, The Greatest War Movie Ever Made by Roy Blount Jr.
  39. Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart by Scott Eyman
  40. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes
  41. Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut
  42. Hollywood Beach Beauties by David Wills
  43. Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle (video)
  44. Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows by Ken LaZebnik
  45. Hollywood Divided: The 1950 Screen Directors Guild Meeting and the Impact of the Blacklist by Kevin Brianton 
  46. Hollywood Godfather: The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson by W.R. Wilkerson III
  47. Hollywood Hates Hitler! by Chris Yogerst
  48. Hollywood in Kodachrome: 1940-1949
  49. Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin
  50. The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of  Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd by Michelle Morgan (Interview)
  51. I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies by Jeanine Basinger
  52. I Loved Her In the Movies: Working with Legendary Actresses of Hollywood by Robert J. Wagner Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950 by Mark A. Vieira
  53. It's a Wonderful Life: The Official Bailey Family Cookbook
  54. John Huston: Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers
  55. Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke
  56. King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue by James Layton and David Pierce
  57. Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood by Kirk and Anne Douglas
  58. Leading Couples: The Most Unforgettable Screen Romances of the Studio Erby Frank Miller
  59. Learning to Live Out Loud by Piper Laurie
  60. Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking by Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall
  61. Life Beyond Measures: Letters to My Great Grandaughter by Sidney Poitier
  62. A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 by Victoria Wilson
  63. The Lives of Robert Ryan by J.R. Jones
  64. M: A Graphic Novel based on the film by Fritz Lang illustrated by Jon J Muth
  65. The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown's Most Powerful Lawyer by B. James Gladstone (interview)
  66. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker by Peggy Caravantes
  67. Mary Astor's Purple Diary by Edward Sorel 
  68. Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before by Steve Taravella
  69. Maureen O'Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone
  70. Mean... Moody... Magnificent!: Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend by Christina Rice
  71. Memoirs of a Professional Cad by George Sanders
  72. Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme
  73. Must See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies That are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Interview)
  74. My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt
  75. A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler by Tom Williams
  76. Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director by Patrick McGilligan
  77. The Night of the Hunter - A Biography of a Film by Jeffrey Couchman
  78. Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, The Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock by Christina Lane
  79. Photo by Sammy Davis Jr. by Burt Boyar
  80. The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic by Richard Sandomir
  81. The Real James Dean edited by Peter L. Winkler
  82. Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen by Ruth Barton
  83. Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood by Greg Merritt (Interview)
  84. Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham
  85. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation by Beverly Gray
  86. Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood by Karina Longworth (podcast episode)
  87. She Damned Near Ran the Studio: The Extraordinary Lives of Ida R. Koverman by Jacqueline R. Braitman
  88. Showman of the Screen: Joseph E. Levine and His Revolutions in Film Promotion by A.T. McKenna
  89. The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart by Nell Shipman
  90. A Song in the Dark: The Birth of Musical Film by Richard Barrios
  91. Son of Harpo Speaks by Bill Marx (Interview)
  92. Spencer Tracy by James Curtis
  93. A Star is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away by Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance
  94. Stella!: Mother of Modern Acting by Sheana Ochoa (Interview)
  95. Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry by Mel Watkins
  96. Sterling Hayden's Wars by Lee Mandel
  97. Steve McQueen: A Biography by Marc Eliot
  98. Steve McQueen: A Passion for Speed by Frederic Brun
  99. Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics by John Malahy
  100. Tony and Me: A Story of Friendshiby Jack Klugman
  101. Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer
  102. Trumbo by Bruce Cook
  103. The Unconscious Actor: Out of Control, In Full Command by Darryl Hickman
  104. Unsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds
  105. Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by David Thomson
  106. Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood by John Stangeland (Interview)
  107. Weddings and Movie Stars
  108. West Side Story: The Jets, the Sharks, and the Making of a Classic by Richard Barrios
  109. William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come by James Curtis
  110. Young Man with a Horn by Dorothy Baker

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan (Interview)
Film Noir: Light and Shadow edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini
Miss D & Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis by Kathryn Sermak and Danelle Morton

Guest Reviews: 
James Bond FAQ by Tom DeMichael (Interview)
Michael Douglas: A Biography by Marc Eliot

Classic Film Collective Patreon reviews (subscription required):
Laura by Vera Caspary
Olivia de Havilland: Lady Triumphant by Victoria Amador

Currently reading:
Hollywood Victory by Christian Blauvelt

Reviews coming (eventually):
We'll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg
Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast by Patrick McGilligan
Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film by Don Graham
Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Filmdom by Leonard Maltin
This Was Hollywood by Carla Valderrama
The Battle for Beverly Hills by Nancie Clare

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1 comment:

  1. I love your blog! I'm a huge Robert Mitchum fan; he's my favorite actor so it's nice to see another young person who appreciates him. I've always loved classic movies and frankly, it's rare to find a modern movie that wows me as much as a classic film. Thanks for all of the great work!


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