Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era
50 Overlooked Films and Their Stars, 1929–1939
About the Book
The most memorable Hollywood musicals of 1930s showcased the talents of stars like Fred Astaire, Jeanette MacDonald, Bing Crosby and Alice Faye. The less memorable ones didn’t.
This book takes a look at the unsung songfests of the ’30s—secondary or forgotten features with short-lived or unlikely stars from major studios and Poverty Row. Through analysis of films such as Lord Byron of Broadway (1930), Shoot the Works (1934), Bottoms Up (1934), Moonlight and Pretzels (1933) and The Music Goes ’Round (1936), the author profiles such performers as Dorothy Dell, Lee Dixon, Peggy Fears, Lawrence Gray, Joe Morrison and the mother-daughter team of Myrt and Marge. Behind-the-scenes figures are discussed, like the infamously profligate producer Lou Brock, whose flops Down to Their Last Yacht (1934) and Top of the Town (1937) cost him his career. Filmographies and production information are included, with background on key participants.
About the Author(s)
Edwin M. Bradley
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Early Sound Rediscoveries 5
2. Failed, Fallen, and One-Shot Stars 38
3. Slumming with the Songsters 88
4. Big Ideas, Bigger Casts … and Some Oddities 127
5. Dancing Down Poverty Row 166
Chapter Notes 197
Book Reviews & Awards
“a marvelous look at ‘minor’ musicals and forgotten performers”—Classic Images; “a fascinating and enlightening study…exceptional…Bradley’s book is one of the best ever written on this aspect of the musical genre…important information not found elsewhere…most highly recommended”—Examiner.com.