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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. Classic Hollywood Style by Caroline Young
  11. Conversations with Classic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood's Golden Era by by James Bawden and Ron Miller
  12. Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios (Interview)
  13. The Dawn of Technicolor: 1915-1935 by James Layton and David Pierce
  14. The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg
  15. Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome by Shawn Levy
  16. Elizabeth Taylor: A Passion for Life by Joseph Papa (interview)
  17. The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century by Margaret Talbot (Interview)
  18. Ernie: The Autobiography by Ernest Borgnine
  19. Errol & Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood by Robert Matzen
  20. Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland
  21. The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel
  22. Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
  23. Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan (about Frank Sinatra)
  24. The Genius of the System by Thomas Schatz
  25. George Sanders, Zsa Zsa and Me by David R. Slavitt
  26. The Girl on the Balcony: Olivia Hussey Finds Life After Romeo & Juliet by Olivia Hussey with Alexander Martin
  27. The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage by Eli Wallach
  28. Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales edited by Robert S. Bader (Interview)
  29. Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brother sin Duck Soup, The Greatest War Movie Ever Made by Roy Blount Jr.
  30. Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart by Scott Eyman
  31. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes
  32. Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut
  33. Hollywood Beach Beauties by David Wills
  34. Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows by Ken LaZebnik
  35. Hollywood Divided: The 1950 Screen Directors Guild Meeting and the Impact of the Blacklist by Kevin Brianton 
  36. Hollywood in Kodachrome: 1940-1949
  37. Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin
  38. The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of  Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd by Michelle Morgan (Interview)
  39. I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies by Jeanine Basinger
  40. 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
  41. John Huston: Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers
  42. Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke
  43. King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue by James Layton and David Pierce
  44. Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood by Kirk and Anne Douglas
  45. Leading Couples: The Most Unforgettable Screen Romances of the Studio Era
  46. by Frank Miller
  47. Learning to Live Out Loud by Piper Laurie
  48. Life Beyond Measures: Letters to My Great Grandaughter by Sidney Poitier
  49. A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 by Victoria Wilson
  50. M: A Graphic Novel based on the film by Fritz Lang illustrated by Jon J Muth
  51. The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown's Most Powerful Lawyer by B. James Gladstone (interview)
  52. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker by Peggy Caravantes
  53. Mary Astor's Purple Diary by Edward Sorel 
  54. Maureen O'Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone
  55. Memoirs of a Professional Cad by George Sanders
  56. Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme
  57. Must See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies That are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Interview)
  58. My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt
  59. A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler by Tom Williams
  60. Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director by Patrick McGilligan
  61. The Night of the Hunter - A Biography of a Film by Jeffrey Couchman
  62. Photo by Sammy Davis Jr. by Burt Boyar
  63. The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic by Richard Sandomir
  64. The Real James Dean edited by Peter L. Winkler
  65. Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen by Ruth Barton
  66. Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood by Greg Merritt (Interview)
  67. Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham
  68. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation by Beverly Gray
  69. Showman of the Screen: Joseph E. Levine and His Revolutions in Film Promotion by A.T. McKenna
  70. The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart by Nell Shipman
  71. A Song in the Dark: The Birth of Musical Film by Richard Barrios
  72. Son of Harpo Speaks by Bill Marx (Interview)
  73. Spencer Tracy by James Curtis
  74. A Star is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away by Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance
  75. Stella!: Mother of Modern Acting by Sheana Ochoa (Interview)
  76. Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry by Mel Watkins
  77. Sterling Hayden's Wars by Lee Mandel
  78. Steve McQueen: A Biography by Marc Eliot
  79. Steve McQueen: A Passion for Speed by Frederic Brun
  80. Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship by Jack Klugman
  81. Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer
  82. Trumbo by Bruce Cook
  83. The Unconscious Actor: Out of Control, In Full Command by Darryl Hickman
  84. Unsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds
  85. Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by David Thomson
  86. Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood by John Stangeland (Interview)
  87. Weddings and Movie Stars
  88. William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come by James Curtis
  89. 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

Currently reading:
Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Filmdom by Leonard Maltin

Next up:
Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film by Don Graham
Brotherhood in Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers by Constance Valis Hill

Reviews coming (eventually):
We'll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg
Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast by Patrick McGilligan

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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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