Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge - Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's summer reading challenge. I'm impressed with everyone's efforts and I loved reading the reviews. I only managed to get 3 books in this summer, life got in the way and I should have paid more attention to my own advice. Alas, I still have a lot more reading ahead of me and another challenge next year to look forward to. On to the reviews!

BG of Classic Reel Girl (3)

  1. Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner
  2. Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door by David Kaufman
  3. Frankly, My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited by Molly Haskell

Emily of The Vintage Cameo  (1)

  1. Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film by Adrienne L. McLean

Karen of Shadows and Satin (6)

All six reviews can be found here.

  1. Life With Father by Clarence Day
  2. Dark History of Hollywood: A Century of Greed, Corruption, and Scandal Behind the Movies by Kieron Connolly
  3. Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud by Shaun Considine
  4. Center Door Fancy by Joan Blondell
  5. Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes by Matthew Kennedy
  6. Palm Springs Babylon by Ray Mungo

KC of A Classic Movie Blog (7)
  1. The Wizard of Oz FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Life According to Oz by David J. Hogan 
  2. Sharon Tate: Recollection by Debra Tate
  3. Hitchcock’s Partner in Suspence: The Life of Screenwriter Charles Bennett edited by John Charles Bennett
  4. Stella! Mother of Modern Acting by Sheana Ochoa
  5. Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios
  6. Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance by J.E. Smyth
  7. Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak
Laura of Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings (6)

  1. John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman
  2. Still Memories: An Autobiography in Photography by John Mills
  3. Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios
  4. Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall by Chris Fujiwara
  5. The Years of George Montgomery
  6. Five Came Back: A Story of the Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
Lê  of Vintage Classic Scrapbook and Critica Retro (2)
  1. Na Sala Escura: A Arte De Sonhar Com Os Olhos Abertos by Chico Lopes (review is in Portuguese but you can easily translate it to English!)
  2. Beyond Casablanca II: 101 Classic Movies Worth Watching by Jennifer Garlen

Raquel of Out of the Past  (3)
  1. Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios
  2. A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 by Victoria Wilson
  3. Steve McQueen: A Passion for Speed by Frederic Brun

Rich of Wide Screen World (4)

  1. Three Fingers by Rich Koslowsky
  2. Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger
  3. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  4. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by

Robby of Dear Old Hollywood (2)
  1. Welcome, Foolish Mortals: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees by Ben Ohmart
  2. Life at the Marmont: The Inside Story of Hollywood’s Legendary Hotel of the Stars – Chateau Marmont by Raymond Sarlot and Fred E. Basten

There were three candidates for the final prize. I used Random.org to pick a winner and it was Laura! She wins the set of four Vintage Movie Classics from Vintage Books.


  1. Wow, how exciting! Thank you so much! My daughters will love these books along with me. :)

    I've really loved reading everyone's reviews -- just read Karen's impressive all-at-once summation of her summer reading, wow! Thanks to the challenge I've added a couple titles to my "to read" list.

    Thanks so much for sponsoring the challenge and encouraging us, Raquel!

    Best wishes,

  2. Thank you for hosting--it was fun! =) Congrats, Laura!

  3. Well, at least I didn't feel bad for not reading six books... I'll finish Cagney's autobio anyway, I'm loving it!
    Congratulations, Laura, and here I am waiting for next year, Raquel!


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