Western Film Series of the Sound Era

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From High Noon to Unforgiven, the "A" Western represents the pinnacle of Western filmmaking. More intellectual, ambitious, and time-consuming than the readily produced "B" or serial Westerns, these films rely on hundreds of talented artists. This comprehensive reference work provides biographies and Western filmographies for nearly 1,000 men and women who have contributed to at least three "A" Westerns. These contributors are arranged by their role in film production. Cinematographers, composers, actors, actresses, and directors receive complete biographical treatment; writers whose work was used in at least two Westerns are also featured. An appendix lists well-known actors who have appeared in either one or two "A" Westerns, as specified.

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Henryk Hoffmann was born in Poznan, Poland, where he worked as an English teacher, translator and interpreter, and for many years served as Vice-President of the Film Society "Kinematograf' 75". He emigrated to the USA in 1992 and is the author of Western Film Highlights: The Best of the West: 1914-2001 (McFarland, 2003) and Leksykon gwiazd kina amerykanskiego (A Dictionary of American Movie Stars, Agencja Producentow Filmowych, Warsaw, 2006). An active member of the Western Writers of America, he now lives in Pennsylvania, where he teaches Latin and coaches soccer in a boarding school.

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"Author Pitts captures the mood of the 1930s, 1940s, and the early 1950s as he describes popular series and explains how stars emerged. Although it was designed to be a ready-reference volume, its narrative strength makes it a good addition to a circulating collection"--Booklist; "profusely illustrated...a welcome and highly prized addition"--Midwest Book Review; "an impressive reference work"--Examiner.com; "a worthy addition to your western bookshelf...excellent writing"--Western Clippings.

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