TMP Reads: Vanity Will Get You Somewhere by Joseph Cotten

Born in Virginia in 1905, Joseph Chesire Cotten realized at a young age that he wanted to be an actor. Picking up the art of storytelling through summers spent with his uncle Benny, Jo began to dream of a career on the stage. Despite the doubts and disapproval of his parents, Jo decided to make his dream come true at the age of eighteen, starting … Continue reading TMP Reads: Vanity Will Get You Somewhere by Joseph Cotten

TMP Reads: “I’d Love to Kiss You…” Conversations with Bette Davis by Whitney Stine

Whitney Stine became a fan of Bette Davis before he’d seen even one of her films. Plagued by a series of illnesses as a child, Stine was often confined to his bedroom, unable to take up an outdoor hobby. His sister had a solution: she gave him a stack of fan magazines, left over from her own clip-collection of Jean Harlow, and told him to … Continue reading TMP Reads: “I’d Love to Kiss You…” Conversations with Bette Davis by Whitney Stine

TMP Reads: Cinema by Kenneth W. Leish

Kenneth W. Leish’s Cinema was published in 1974 by Newsweek Books. Blending his own research with excerpts other well-known, film-centric tomes, Leish’s book is also packed with stunning images and illustrations from all eras of classic film. Cinema covers film history, production, the development of certain genres, the transition from silents to talkies, Academy Award winners, box office hits throughout the years and more. With … Continue reading TMP Reads: Cinema by Kenneth W. Leish

TMP Reads: The Films of W. C. Fields

For today’s installment of TMP Reads, I’ll be taking a look at The Films of W. C. Fields by Donald Deschner. Originally published in 1966, the edition I own (from a library book sale) is the second paperbound edition from Citadel Press, 1969. This edition includes an introduction by Arthur Knight. “If there was ever a great clown in this time of changeover from beer … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Films of W. C. Fields

TMP Reads: The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur

The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur was released by Random House in 1959 in promotion of William Wyler’s epic film. The book comes with a couple of removable posters: one featuring a still from the chariot race scene, and in the back of the book a collection of paintings of scenes from the film by American artist Ben Stahl. They’re attached just inside the … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur

TMP Reads: The Things That Keep Us Up At Night: Reel Biohorror by Victoria Sutton

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of The Things That Keep Us Up At Night in exchange for an impartial review. Other than receiving the free book, I am not being compensated for this review and all opinions listed below are 100% honest. Released by Vargas Publishing, The Things That Keeps Us Up At Night by Victoria Sutton (April 2014) explores a genre I’m … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Things That Keep Us Up At Night: Reel Biohorror by Victoria Sutton

TMP Reads: The Tale of South Pacific

Edited by Thana Skouras and designed by John de Cuir and Dale Hennesy, The Tale of South Pacific was published in 1958 in promotion of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The Tale of South Pacific is a beautiful book. The inside covers in both the front and back list the awards that have been won by South Pacific and its cast/crew (both the play and … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Tale of South Pacific

Could it be a movie?: Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy

Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey by Peter Carlson is a fantastic non-fiction read about two New York Tribune reporters, Junius Browne and Albert Richardson, and their time spent hunting down stories in the Confederate states during the American civil war. As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew that it had the makings for a … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy

TMP Reads: The Films of Greta Garbo

The Films of Greta Garbo was written by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci, the same writers of The Films of Jean Harlow, along with a third co-writer, Dion McGregor. An introduction called “The Garbo Image,” which details Garbo’s screen persona and how it was developed, was contributed by Parker Tyler. The book follows much the same formula that we saw in The Films of Jean … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Films of Greta Garbo

TMP READS: All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing! by John Springer

All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing!: A pictorial history of the movie musical by John Springer was first published in 1966. Before the book even begins, it contains one of the most clever dedications I’ve ever seen in a classic film book. It reads: “This Book Is Dedicated To – The second chorus cutie from the right who just happens to know all the steps … Continue reading TMP READS: All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing! by John Springer