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Hollywood’s Hobo In Residence

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 10, 2012 12:55 AM
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Had I not been lucky enough to see William Wellman’s 1928 silent film 'Beggars of Life' years ago, or read the works of Gene Fowler, I might not know about Jim Tully, the scrappy Irish-American who became celebrated for writing about the subject he knew best: the hardscrabble life of an orphan turned boxer turned “road kid.”

THE LEGENDARY LYDECKER BROTHERS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 2, 2012 9:05 PM
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  • 2 Comments
At last, someone has paid proper tribute to Howard and Theodore Lydecker, the legendary siblings who created unforgettable visual effects for Republic Pictures’ action-packed serials, westerns, and feature films during the studio’s heyday.

Getting To Know Groucho—And His Brothers—book reviews

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 5, 2012 1:00 AM
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I avoided reading Steve Stoliar’s 'Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House' when it was first published in 1996 because I didn’t want to learn about an aging, diminished Groucho Marx, and I wasn’t interested in rehashing the exploits of Erin Fleming, the controversial woman who took control of the comedian’s life.

New And Notable Film Books, Part One

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 14, 2012 1:00 AM
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  • 3 Comments
As usual, books keep piling up much faster than I can possibly read them, so rather than wait until I can compose full-length reviews I’m going to highlight a handful of recent arrivals I’ve only had a chance to skim. I will have more for you shortly, as there is still a healthy stack of volumes awaiting perusal on my shelf. Meanwhile, these publications seem eminently worthy of your attention.  

New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2011 1:02 AM
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GROUCHO MARX AND OTHER SHORT STORIES AND TALL TALES: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 29, 2011 7:39 PM
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The world may know Groucho Marx as a great comedian, but I’m sure I’m not the only fan who wasn’t terribly familiar with his writings—aside from his autobiographies and 'The Groucho Letters'—until now. Updating his 1993 compendium, Marx scholar and aficionado Robert S. Bader has added 19 new essays and letters to an already-impressive collection...

Spencer Tracy: A Biography—Book review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 9, 2011 11:08 AM
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  • 8 Comments

New And Notable Film Books—book reviews

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 25, 2011 5:41 AM
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MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares by John Landis (DK Publishing)

Faulty But Fascinating: Rin Tin Tin, The Life And The Legend—a book review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 17, 2011 6:12 AM
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  • 12 Comments
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New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 12, 2011 4:39 AM
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As always, there are more books being published than I can keep up with. While I haven’t had time to read most of these cover-to-cover, I’d like to call attention to some that clearly stand out.

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