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Celebrating Jim Tully—In Hollywood

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 8, 2012 1:00 AM
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Several months ago I reviewed the revelatory biography 'Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler' by Mark Dawidziak and Paul Bauer, who spent years researching the life of this celebrated—but now curiously forgotten—author and Hollywood figure. This coming week the authors are coming to Los Angeles for a series of events they’re calling a Tullyfest, and I am happy to help spread the word.

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.”

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