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Merchant of Dreams

Higham, Charles

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ISBN 10: 1556113455 / ISBN 13: 9781556113451
Published by Dutton, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Merchant of Dreams

Publisher: Dutton, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A look back at Mayer's Hollywood discusses his birth in the Ukraine, his boyhood in Canada, his entry into show business, his early years as a film pioneer, and his legendary stars and star system. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

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Movie mogul Louis B. Mayer (1885-1957) is often depicted as a lecherous ogre, but film biographer Higham ( Errol Flynn ) humanizes the M.G.M. titan in this revelatory, wonderfully vivid biography based on archival files and interviews with the Mayer family and surviving M.G.M. executives. The multifaceted Mayer is portrayed as a hypochondriac haunted by his mother's painful death, an absentee husband whose extramarital romances pushed his mentally disturbed wife to multiple suicide attempts, and a stern yet loving despot who protected his homosexual stars and covered up alleged acts of manslaughter by John Huston and by Clark Gable. Higham reveals how director Victor Saville, a British intelligence agent in WW II, swayed Mayer to make anti-Hitler movies. He offers new details about Mayer's close ties with Herbert Hoover, his betrayals of and by Irving Thalberg and his detestation of Greta Garbo, for whom he provided a cover when she worked as a British agent fighting Hitler. This star-studded, gossipy bio is packed with indelible anecdotes and on-set lore. Photos.
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