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John Garfield: The Illustrated Career in Films and on Stage
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John Garfield: The Illustrated Career in Films and on Stage

by Patrick J. McGrath
 

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One of the most gifted actors of the 1930s and 1940s, John Garfield is too little remembered today. His gritty, true-to-life performances in 35 films, including Body and Soul, which was one of the first movies to raise the ugly specter of race relations in the United States, and in 16 Broadway productions were all highly acclaimed.

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One of the most gifted actors of the 1930s and 1940s, John Garfield is too little remembered today. His gritty, true-to-life performances in 35 films, including Body and Soul, which was one of the first movies to raise the ugly specter of race relations in the United States, and in 16 Broadway productions were all highly acclaimed.

Garfield is best recalled, by some, for having been targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee for his liberal political beliefs. Garfield was one of many Hollywood stars blacklisted by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his cronies. "Acting is my life," he said in a speech in 1939. Deprived of that opportunity, he died in 1952. This generously illustrated work examines the actor's personal and professional life, recounting a bygone era of Hollywood and American history.

Editorial Reviews

The Slide Area
"detailed and intelligently written"
Classic Images
solid...pictures are just terrific...succeeds in reminding us just how important an actor John Garfield was
Past Times
"a fine chronicle of an actor who continually worked to improve his craft"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428489
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2006
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Patrick J. McGrath lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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