BOOK REVIEW: ‘THE ENTERTAINER’ DEPICTS OLD HOLLYWOOD

Part biography and part Hollywood history with a side of Americana, “The Entertainer” might be the most engaging book you’re likely to read about a movie star you’ve never heard of. Actor Lyle Talbot was indeed a star, in the 1930s, yet it’s difficult

 

“The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century”

by Margaret Talbot

Part biography and part Hollywood history with a side of Americana, “The Entertainer” might be the most engaging book you’re likely to read about a movie star you’ve never heard of.

Actor Lyle Talbot was indeed a star, in the 1930s, yet it’s difficult to pick out a significant film from the two dozen or so he appeared in before he turned mainly to television and the regional stage, performing well into his 80s. Surely, though, he has stories to tell after working with Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Shirley Temple, Barbara Stanwyck and other screen greats.

While passing along those tales, his daughter Margaret Talbot, a writer for The New Yorker, broadens her scope by linking her father’s life and career to how people sought entertainment in 20th-century America and the kinds of characters who provided it.

SOURCE: http://www.crescent-news.com/reviews/2013/01/15/review-the-entertainer-depicts-old-hollywood

 

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One comment on “BOOK REVIEW: ‘THE ENTERTAINER’ DEPICTS OLD HOLLYWOOD
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