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Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique

Lanza, Joseph & Dennis Penna

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ISBN 10: 0922915806 / ISBN 13: 9780922915804
Published by Feral House, Los Angeles, CA, 2002
Condition: NF Soft cover
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Near fine. No DJ, as issued. ; Presentation copy, signed by author Dennis Penna. Colulmbo died at the early age of 26, in 1934 and was the composer of songs such as "Prisoner of Love" and "You Call it Madness (But I Call It Love) ". ; 0.9 x 8.9 x 5.9 Inches; 288 p.; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 33725

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Title: Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique

Publisher: Feral House, Los Angeles, CA

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:NF

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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The Hollywood Babylon-like story of the short-lived, Valentino-like crooner.

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A dashing Hollywood figure rather resembling Rudolph Valentino, crooner Russ Columbo once rivaled Bing Crosby. But he was killed by a tragic, accidental shooting--wasn't he? Lanza and Penna ask that and more in this lushly illustrated book about a filmland sensation of his time. Columbo got started in Hollywood as a violin prodigy, providing mood music for actors performing in silent films, but achieved the height of success as a slick, mustachioed singer. His fatal gunshot wounds were inflicted by Lansing Brown, with whom Columbo--get ready for this--"shared a camaraderie more profound than any euphemisms at the time could describe and far deeper than shallow customs of 'male bonding' usually encourage." All that, and healthy doses of Carole Lombard, Pola Negri, and other larger-than-life stars, too! Lanza and Penna's rather ethereal style seems fully appropriate for evoking the old Hollywood setting of their story, which fans of semiforgotten movie lore and death in questionable circumstances should absolutely love. Mike Tribby
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