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Before Lucille Ball became the first lady of television in 1951, she had made 75 motion pictures in 18 years. She traded her moniker of RKO's "Queen of the Bs" for TV's "Queen of Comedy." Between 1954 and 1985, she made just eight more films. This overview of Ball's film career highlights each movie with its cast and credits; a lengthy synopsis; and behind-the-scenes notes about the production and its critical reception. Visually stunning and beautifully designed, this book is printed on thick, glossy paper and boasts large, crisp (and seldom seen) photos from each film. Some of De La Hoz's backstories are fascinating (Frank Sinatra originally wanted her to play his mother in The Manchurian Candidatebefore Angela Lansbury was cast; Ball outsmarted Columbia chief Harry Cohen by agreeing to star in 1951's The Magic Carpet: she kept her pregnancy a secret, pocketed $85,000 for one week's work and fulfilled her contract). While Ball excelled in comedies (The Facts of Life; Fancy Pants; The Long, Long Trailer; Yours, Mine and Ours), this book may point fans toward Ball's excellent but atypical work in such dramas as The Dark Corner; Lured; and Five Came Back. Photos. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted August 26, 2008
the author certainly did her research. This book is incredibly informative, and very fun to own. The pictures are also fun to look at it. It's a perfect coffee table book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2007
This is the most fun book if you are a Lucy fan like me. The front cover is enough to make you want to buy it. She looks gorgeous throughout the book. Such a wonderful book to display because the quality is excellent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2007
This is the book that fans of Lucy's movies have been waiting for, & Cindy De La Hoz has done it up beautifully. It's loaded with wonderful b/w and color photos, also cast & crew credits for each film, plus a plot summary & behind-the-scenes notes that provide an insightful glimpse into what was going on in the lady's life at that time. It's fascinating to follow Lucy's progress from bit-player to full-fledged stardom, and to learn why she loved working in some pictures, and loathed others... A must-have for any vintage film fan, and, of course, Lucy's vast legion of admirers. A winner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.