A Thinker's Damn: Audie Murphy, Vietnam, and the Making of the Quiet Americanby William Russo
Author Biography: A veteran of the Vietnam War
A tale of the unmaking of the first American movie filmed in Vietnam in 1957, the scandalous and disasterous undertaking is finally exposed. Surviving cast and crew members explain a contorted drama behind the scenes as Audie Murphy goes to Vietnam, foreshadowing the war-to-come. It depicts Hollywood at its worst!
Author Biography: A veteran of the Vietnam War, Dr. William Russo served with the U.S.Army and later worked as a free-lance writer for Hollywood tabloids. He has published articles on film in Big Reel and Movie Collector's World, as well as for the Audie Murphy Research Foundation. An excerpt of this book appeared in the winter issue for the AMRF in 1998. He earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. Nowadays, Russo is a professor at Curry College near Boston, Massachusetts. He teaches film studies and non-fiction writing. His previous books include Mal Tempo: the Curse of 2000 Years, Junior Bad Guys: Movie Delinquents of the 1950s, The Dumb-Founded Nation: America's Language Policy from 1790 to 1990, and Another Sunny Day. a tale about the Lincoln Assassination conspiracy.
- Xlibris Corporation
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.62(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.61(d)
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
So glad to see this book back in print. It is a rare find, a story about how a movie with the best of intentions went wrong. It has all you want in a good movie: the war hero, trying to do his best, an Oscar winning director, and a great novel. But the result was a mess. Without being gossipy, the story reveals the scandals behind the production. Murphy hated Vietnam and did not want to do the movie. The director Mankiewicz was feuding with the author Graham Greene, and they could not find a Vietnamese actress in Vietnam to play the female lead. If you want to see what was happening in Saigon before the war, this story reveals it. If you are an Audie Murphy fan, this book will be a revelation: he was a good actor and had more depth than most others gave him credit for. This book gives a picture of Audie from his closest friends who opened up to this author. With a new movie version coming out, it's interesting to see why this one is nearly forgotten.
The author spares no one and writes without malice, nor affection. No scholarly treatise here but a story taking the reader to the locations. It is such a fine work...The author took evasions and admissions and given sundry reports and wove them into a powerful rendering of what was a tragic film disaster..showing it in all its inevitable choices for failure.. Everyone was treated with care and shown as they were.. This will be a book long treasured by film buffs for its frankness and honest appraisals. The photo sections are wonderful for their range and depicted not only how people worked, but what they were interested in while there..a collection of smiles bravely facing a fiasco.