- Copertina flessibile: 346 pagine
- Editore: Iuniverse Inc (11 ottobre 2005)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0595370802
- ISBN-13: 978-0595370801
- Peso di spedizione: 476 g
Gloria Jean: A Little Bit of Heaven (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 11 ott 2005
- Scegli tra gli oltre 8.500 punti di ritiro in Italia
- I clienti Prime beneficiano di consegne illimitate presso i punti di ritiro senza costi aggiuntivi
- Trova il tuo punto di ritiro preferito ed aggiungilo alla tua rubrica degli indirizzi
- Indica il punto di ritiro in cui vuoi ricevere il tuo ordine nella pagina di conferma d’ordine
Scott MacGillivray is the author of Castle Films: A Hobbyist?s Guide, Laurel & Hardy: From the Forties Forward, and (with Ted Okuda) The Soundies Distributing Corporation of America. Jan MacGillivray is an editor and reviewer whose feature articles have appeared in Filmfax Magazine and in newspapers. The MacGillivrays live in Massachusetts.
Non è necessario possedere un dispositivo Kindle. Scarica una delle app Kindle gratuite per iniziare a leggere i libri Kindle sul tuo smartphone, tablet e computer.
Per scaricare una app gratuita, inserisci il numero di cellulare.
Garanzia e recesso: Se vuoi restituire un prodotto entro 30 giorni dal ricevimento perché hai cambiato idea, consulta la nostra pagina d'aiuto sul Diritto di Recesso. Se hai ricevuto un prodotto difettoso o danneggiato consulta la nostra pagina d'aiuto sulla Garanzia Legale. Per informazioni specifiche sugli acquisti effettuati su Marketplace consulta… Maggiori informazioni la nostra pagina d'aiuto su Resi e rimborsi per articoli Marketplace.
Se sei un venditore per questo prodotto, desideri suggerire aggiornamenti tramite il supporto venditore?
Le recensioni clienti più utili su Amazon.com
A Little Bit of Heaven is a wonderful read that breezes right along. The authors certainly did their homework, and had access to the best resource herself: Gloria Jean! As the back of the book points out, much of what you'll read are in the words of Ms. Jean herself, and the book is all the better for it. In fact, it reads so easily, that at times I felt as if I was having a conversation with the actress! There are some great stories, and great memories of Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields (I won't give too much away, but apparently Fields really did drink a lot-it wasn't all an act!), and Groucho Marx.
If you have an interest in classic Hollywood, do yourself a favor and pick up A Little Bit of Heaven. It is a wonderful, insightful biography handled by very capable authors. Mr. MacGillivray is also the author of a book detailing the later lives and career of Laurel and Hardy that I plan on reading in the near future. If it is as good as A Little Bit of Heaven, I'll be in for a treat! In the mean time, check out some of Gloria Jean's movies and discover (or rediscover) a very talented and beautiful entertainer!
FOOTNOTE: Gloria's only color film, Wonder Valley filmed in Arkansas in 1952 at 73mins, is unviewable today due to the producer's copy(all that is known) being badly deteriorated.
She was in a lot of films, so remarks specific to films cover from 80 to 120 pages in the book.
One thing the reader might regret would be to hear about films that they have never seen. Some of these films are available from sources, well let me refer you to references in the IMDB database regarding her movies. I don't want to advertise videos in this review. But in the end, one problem the reader may discover is that they will wish that they saw the films in a very high quality state, which may not be available any more. Some of these films are lost and not available or a really good copy which would match her talent is not out there to be seen.
That being the case, there is some bittersweet memories or perhaps the lack of being able to even have them, when reading about some movies, if you've never seen them. The author makes every effort to describe the movies in details and the plots of each movie are talked about in detail (with spoilers). This helps the reader understand the movie as well as it could be understood by a written narration. That understanding unfortunately is not as good as experiencing the movie by watching it. So for those who have seen her movies and are her fans the book will have greater value than those unfamiliar with her or her films.
It's interesting and a candid account however from the inside of a movie star who had their ups and downs. And it would appear that the downside was not really due to her own fault or some "personal demon" that you'd read about when reading the accounts of many film stars. She seems to be a real nice girl and lady who kept herself from the corrupting influences of hollywood and her waning popularity was more of a matter of a changes in the movie industry and a focus on different types of actors than anything of her own doing.
This leaves the reader with a feel good feeling about the star rather than some wonderment and awe at how wild a star may be due to their fame. I wrote this review after reading most of her book. I have not read the last few chapters yet, but will finish it soon. Not bad and it would have been nice if she would have gone on in movies for a longer period of time, but these things happen and sometimes the public is the ones who lose when old movies are forgotton or not widely shown. The fickle new public often looses the ability or desire to watch the older treasures from any age and ends up missing something.
Her career really wasn't a tragedy that some might think, she just had an early popular career and it peeked fairly quickly and this was in an age when most stars didn't make a killing with huge movie deals. So when the star ride was over, it was pretty much over and she returned to a normal life. Pretty typical for most child stars, but she had a longer career and wasn't just a child star. Although it seemed that Hollywood treated her as such and didn't appreciate her enough. That's the overall impression I get reading the book.