The Man Who Knew Hitchcock: A Hollywood Memoir / Edition 1

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As a script supervisor, second unit director, producer, and director, Herbert Coleman's film career spanned seven decades. Active in Hollywood from 1926 through 1988, he enjoyed a lengthy and illustrious career, highlighted by an impressive string of commercial and critical successes with one of the greats of cinema, Alfred Hitchcock. In this memoir, Coleman describes working on such classics as The Big Clock, Carrie, Five Graves to Cairo, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Roman Holiday. Coleman also provides vivid portraits of the many celebrated stars he worked with, including Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Alan Ladd, Ray Milland, Shirley MacLaine, Steve McQueen, and Jimmy Stewart, as well as some of the greatest directors of the era, including Cecil B. DeMille, Erich von Stroheim, Billy Wilder, and William Wyler. Above all, Coleman discusses for the first time his long working relationship with Hitchcock during the director's most creatively fertile period. Coleman provides fresh insights into the making of some of Hitchcock's most celebrated films including Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry, Vertigo, and North By Northwest. He also discusses his work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the director's long running television series. Not only an historical record of several important and dynamic periods in Hollywood, this memoir offers intimate insight about Hitchcock and other legendary filmmaking notables. Featuring many stories that would have been lost were it not for this book, The Man Who Knew Hitchcock: A Hollywood Memoir is sure to be of interest to film students, film buffs, and in particular to anyone fascinated by the master of suspense. Illustrated with photos. Published in hardcover as The Hollywood I Knew: A Memoir, 1916-1988 (0-8108-4120-7)

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This intriguing volume doesn't disappoint, providing detail after detail about the director's working methods...[It] will prove irresistible.
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In a film career that spanned seven decades, Herbert Coleman worked as a script supervisor, second unit director, producer, and director. In this memoir, he recounts his experiences working on such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls and Roman Holiday. He also reflects on his long working relationship with Alfred Hitchcock. This is the first paperback edition of a volume previously published in 2003 under the title The Hollywood I Knew: A Memoir, 1916-1988.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810859128
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Series: Filmmakers Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Herbert Coleman worked in Hollywood and the film industry for more than 60 years as a script supervisor, second unit director, director, and producer.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Preface Part 3 Cliff Yards, West Virginia Part 4 Bluefield, West Virginia Part 5 Florida Part 6 Hollywood Part 7 Wolf Song Part 8 Fighting Caravans Part 9 Skippy Part 10 A Climb up the Ladder Part 11 The Last Outpost Part 12 Desert Gold Part 13 Poverty Row Part 14 The Outlaw Part 15 I Met Him in Paris Part 16 The Outlaw—Again Part 17 The Light that Failed Part 18 Reap the Wild Wind Part 19 Safeguarding Military Information Part 20 Beau Geste Part 21 For Whom the Bell Tolls Part 22 Five Graves to Cairo Part 23 China Part 24 Here Come the Waves andBlue Skies Part 25 Frenchman's Creek Part 26 The Emperor's Waltz Part 27 Calcutta Part 28 A Shoddy Tale Part 29 California Part 30 Copper Canyon Part 31 The Big Clock Part 32 The Great Gatsby Part 33 Red, Hot and Blue Part 34 Submarine Command Part 35 Branded Part 36 Carrie Part 37 Roman Holiday Part 38 Forest Lakes, Colorado Part 39 Rear Window Part 40 To Catch a Thief Part 41 The Trouble with Harry Part 42 The Man Who Knew Too Much Part 43 More Tales ofThe Man Who Knew Too Much Part 44 The Wrong Man Part 45 Flamingo Feather Part 46 Vertigo Part 47 No Bail for the Judge Part 48 North by Northwest Part 49 A Career Decision Part 50 Whispering Smith Part 51 Checkmate Part 52 Posse from Hell Part 53 Battle at Bloody Beach Part 54 An Unhappy Interlude Part 55 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Part 56 Nevada Smith Part 57 Maya Part 58 Every Time a Heart Beats Part 59 Topaz Part 60 Index

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