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Abby McGanney NolanWriting in a lively, scholarly style, Bogle is hardly heavy-handed in his character assessments. He simply is more intrigued by gorgeous, complicated women (like Fredi Washington and Dandridge, the subject of his previous book) than by certain lavish-living male celebrities. Sammy Davis Jr. "appeared absolutely enthralled by white Hollywood," writes Bogle. No black star "so aggressively appeared to have that type of social life as such a high goal -- or need." Not since Stepin Fetchit, he notes, "had a black star lived so ostentatiously." While Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier fare much better than Davis, and though they starred in some key movies of the '50s, they don't seem to intrigue Bogle. The so-called "Negro Problem pictures" get short shrift compared to the melodramas and musicals that solidified the link between Hollywood and the glittering black social scene.
— The Washington Post