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The Great Movie Series

Edited by James Robert Parish

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ISBN 10: 0498078477 / ISBN 13: 9780498078477
Published by A. S. Barnes & Company, South Brunswick and New York, 1971
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Great Movie Series

Publisher: A. S. Barnes & Company, South Brunswick and New York

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Part of the Encore Film Book Classics series, this is a reprint of the original text to The Great Movie Series by James Robert Parish. This comprehensive volume details 25 of the greatest sound film series even ever produced by Hollywood. It reveals the intriguing background behind such memorable movie series as: Andy Hardy, Blondie, Bomba, Boston Blackie, The Bowery Boys, Charlie Chan, Crime Doctor, Dr. Christian, Dr. Kildare, Ellery Queen, The Falcon, Francis the Talking Mule, Hopalong Cassidy, James Bond, Jungle Jim, The Lone Wolf, Ma and Pa Kettle, Maisie, Matt Helm, Mr. Moto, Philo Vance, The Saint, Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and The Thin Man. Each chapter provides a history of the big-screen series from its literary origins, including versions utilized for television and radio as well as the cinema. There are also biographies of each series’ leading players, with revealing career studies on such well-known Hollywood stars as Mickey Rooney, Myrna Loy, William Powell, Johnny Weissmuller, Warner Oland, Marjorie Main, George Sanders, Arthur (Dagwood) Lake, Donald O’Connor, Maureen O’Sullivan, Warren William, Ann Sothern, William (Hopalong Cassidy) Boyd, Warner Baxter, Peter Lorre, Lew Ayres, Dean Martin, and Sean Connery, Every chapter contains a detailed filmography for each episode of the series, giving cast and character names, technical credits, running time, name of the producing studio, and year of release. This entertaining book explains why the series film was such a staple of Hollywood studios and how moviegoers found it reassuring to have a recurring group of familiar screen performers whose exploits they could follow and with whom they could identify when going to the cinema. This then is the lively and wonderful world of The Great Movie Series.

About the Author:

JAMES ROBERT PARISH, a former entertainment reporter, publicist, and book series editor, is the author of many published major biographies and reference books on the entertainment industry including Whitney Houston: We Will Always Love You; The Hollywood Book of Extravagance; It’s Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks; The Hollywood Book of Breakups; Fiascos: Hollywood’s Iconic Flops; The Hollywood Book of Scandals; The Hollywood Book of Love; Hollywood Divas; Jet Li; Hollywood Bad Boys; The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood; The Hollywood Book of Death; Whoopi Goldberg; Rosie O’Donnell’s Story; The Unofficial “Murder, She Wrote” Casebook; Today’s Black Hollywood; Let’s Talk! America’s Favorite TV Talk Show Hosts; Prison Pictures from Hollywood; Prostitution in Hollywood Films; The Great Cop Pictures; Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films; Pirates and Seafaring Swashbucklers on the Hollywood Screen; Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema; The Jeanette MacDonald Story, Hollywood’s Great Love Teams; and The Fox Girls. Mr. Parish is a frequent oncamera interviewee on cable and network TV for documentaries on the performing arts. The author resides in Studio City, California.

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