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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx Browsing movie books!

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For those of you who crave to know even more about your favorite movies, here’s a sampling of what one particular movie book publisher, McFarland, offers:

  1. The Marx Brothers as Social Critics: Satire and Comic Nihilism in Their Films – Martin A. Gardner

  2. Vixens, Floozies and Molls: 28 Actresses of Late 1920s and 1930s Hollywood – Hans J. Wollstein

  3. The Titanic in Print and on Screen: An Annotated Guide to Books, Films, Television Shows and Other Media – D. Brian Anderson 

  4. The Image of Librarians in Cinema, 1917-1999 – Ray Tevis and Brenda Tevis 

  5. Food in the Movies, 2d ed. – Steve Zimmerman 

  6. Reel Portrayals: The Lives of 640 Historical Persons on Film, 1929 through 2001 – Michael G. Stevens Edited by R. Thompson

  7. The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931 – Edwin M. Bradley 

  8. The Literary Monster on Film: Five Nineteenth Century British Novels and Their Cinematic Adaptations – Abigail Burnham Bloom 

  9. William Powell: The Life and Films – Roger Bryant 

  10. June Cleaver Was a Feminist!: Reconsidering the Female Characters of Early Television – Cary O’Dell

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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Books, Movie

 

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Can you guess who’s in this 1947 short subject film?

“Shy Guy” (1947) is a 14-minute film, otherwise known as a short subject: a brief film (40 mins or less) that is typically shown before the main feature. Coronet Instructional Films, a successful company who, for years, sold educational films to schools and libraries, produced this short. I’m sure many of you have had the pleasure of watching an educational short…either in school, or before a movie, or on YouTube. A number of these films are corny, outdated, and sometimes offensive.  However, I got a kick out of this one, as the advice offered wasn’t as bad as I expected.  

Once in a while, an actor continues his career in movies after starring in one of these instructional films. Many well-known actors made their first appearances in these and other types of shorts such as comedies, musicals, etc. As in “Shy Guy,” the main actor became quite popular on a TV sitcom from 1964-1969. Spoiler Alert Ahead! 

“Shy Guy” stars a 19-year-old actor named Dick York, who played Darren Stevens on “Bewitched.” Gotta love his voice in this film! And, by the way, the narrator is Mike Wallace, former TV journalist on “60 Minutes.” Enjoy this short, but sweet view of teenage life in the 40’s.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Movie, Short Subject, TV, Video

 

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