TMP Reads: Five Women I Love by Bob Hope

In 1966, Five Women I Love: Bob Hope’s Vietnam Story was published by Doubleday. The book tells the tale of Hope’s many USO tours, performing for enlisted men in Vietnam and Thailand. Accompanying him on the trip were Janis Paige, Anita Bryant, Kaye Stevens, Joey Heatherton, and Carroll Baker — five of countless participants, organizers, and crew who made the USO tour a success. From … Continue reading TMP Reads: Five Women I Love by Bob Hope

TMP Reads: Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant

Much has been written about Cary Grant, one of the best-known names and most beloved actors of the golden Hollywood era. Biographies, blog posts, articles, magazine covers, tributes… his life and his films have been studied with equal fervor. But none of these celebrations or analyses are quite as special as Jennifer Grant’s Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant. Those looking for … Continue reading TMP Reads: Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant

TMP Reads: Scarlett O’Hara’s Younger Sister by Evelyn Keyes

Evelyn Keyes was born in Texas and raised in Georgia, a bonafide Southern gal who remains best known for her role in Hollywood’s huge-scale Southern epic, Gone With the Wind. Playing Suellen, sister to Vivien Leigh’s iconic Scarlett O’Hara, Keyes found her most notable role. Her career in Hollywood spanned far beyond this one film, though. Signed to Paramount at the age of eighteen, her … Continue reading TMP Reads: Scarlett O’Hara’s Younger Sister by Evelyn Keyes

TMP Reads: Five Came Back by Mark Harris

Mark Harris’ Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War tells the tale of five film directors and their involvement in World War II: John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, and Frank Capra. The impact of the war was felt by everyone in the United States, and those working in the entertainment industry were no exception, despite their power, … Continue reading TMP Reads: Five Came Back by Mark Harris

Could it be a movie?: Becoming Clementine

World War II is one of the most often-chronicled historical events in literature and film. It seems that every year there are at least a few new stories that emerge of brave soldiers taking part in a great adventure. Jennifer Niven contributes a fresh take on the usual “fighter pilot” story with her novel Becoming Clementine, a book about a woman working as a pilot … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Becoming Clementine

TMP Reads: Mother Goddam by Whitney Stine and Bette Davis

This post was written for the Bette Davis Blogathon hosted by “In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.” Please visit the host blog to enjoy the full scope of this celebration of Bette’s life and career! Published in 1974, Mother Goddam: The Story of the Career of Bette Davis began as a straight-forward book detailing Bette Davis’ filmography and career, but became a unique … Continue reading TMP Reads: Mother Goddam by Whitney Stine and Bette Davis

TMP Reads: Audrey Hepburn in the Movies

As the title would suggest, Audrey Hepburn in the Movies by film critic Timothy Knight (Metro Books, 2009) is a retrospective of the Hollywood career of the legendary Audrey Hepburn. Included with the beautiful, full-color hardcover book is a DVD of a documentary. Today, I’ll be reviewing both the book and the accompanying doc. The book clocks in at only 176 pages, but Knight makes … Continue reading TMP Reads: Audrey Hepburn in the Movies

TMP Reads: The Ice Cream Blonde by Michelle Morgan

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of The Ice Cream Blonde by Chicago Review Press. I only accept books that are relevant to classic film or television, and only in exchange for an honest review; rest assured that the $0.00 price tag has not had an impact on my opinion of the book. For a great interview with the author and a chance to win a copy … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Ice Cream Blonde by Michelle Morgan

Could it be a movie?: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Jane Jenkins was an “it girl” in LA until she was arrested for the murder of her mother. Found at the crime scene, Jane was highly uncooperative with police, leading her to be tried for the crime and sent to jail. Though she was found at the scene, Jane remembers nothing about how her mother died, and has never been sure whether she is actually … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little