A Thinker's Damn: Audie Murphy, Vietnam, and the Making of the Quiet American

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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 ...

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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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738864655
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    Just a Delight!

    What I like most about this book is that it takes a few months from 1957 on a film location and tells how it feels to be there. The movie was not great, and it was forgotten soon enough. Yet, the atmosphere of film making and the camaraderie of the crew and cast is just a wonderful experience. Yes, they had some terrible times, with ego clashing and scandals covered up, but it is such a nostalgic little story, reading like a novel. All the people in the story, Audie Murphy and Michael Redgrave, mostly are fascinating, and how nice to have a special look at them. I truly enjoyed this armchair escape to another time and another place. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    IMPRESSIVE BOOK!!

    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. It's one hell of a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    A Cineast's Delite

    An explosive look behind the scenes of a forgotten masterpiece of American film. A Thinker's Damn takes us back a generation to a Viet Nam yet to be defoliated and a Saigon not yet fallen, when soldiers were soldiers, or at least acted the part. It examines the filmmaker's craft and craftiness with a scholarly eye for detail and a gossip columnist's nose for scandal. Good reading for film buffs, historians, and tormented souls wracked with self-loathing. The rare photos are worth the price of the book.

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