“Movies Were Always Magical”

Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s

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About the Book

This work is a compilation of interviews with 19 film actors, directors, and producers who were all part of the studio system that made Hollywood such a powerful and illustrious city in the era of the 1950s. Each of the celebrities interviewed for this work have made lasting contributions to the film industry, and some of them continue to do so. Pat Boone, Jeff Corey, Kathryn Grayson, Beverly Garland, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Jane Greer, Stanley Kramer, Janet Leigh, Joan Leslie, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Luise Rainer, Paula Raymond, John Saxon, Vincent Sherman, Robert Wise, Jane Withers, Jane Wyatt and Fred Zinnemann speak candidly about their work and experiences in Hollywood and share many of their memories. Each interview is followed by a complete filmography for each film that the actor, director, or producer was a part of, giving such information as the U.S. distributor, year of release, director, producer, screenwriter, editor, composer, running time, and cast for each film.

About the Author(s)

Leo Verswijver is a teacher. He lives in Kapellen, Belgium.

Bibliographic Details

Leo Verswijver
Foreword by Ronnie Pede
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 98 photos, filmographies, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1129-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Ronnie Pede      1

Preface      3

Pat Boone      5

Jeff Corey      14

Beverly Garland      29

Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.      43

Kathryn Grayson      53

Jane Greer      64

Stanley Kramer      75

Janet Leigh      93

Joan Leslie      107

Sheree North      121

Janis Paige      132

Luise Rainer      142

Paula Raymond      148

John Saxon      156

Vincent Sherman      173

Robert Wise      188

Jane Withers      202

Jane Wyatt      217

Fred Zinnemann      228

Index      243

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommend[ed]…good addition…interesting…loads of rare photos…terrific”—Classic Images; “a true reference work”—Film & History; “truly wonderful collection of interviews…an impressive and commended addition”—Midwest Book Review.