White Horse, Black Hat

White Horse, Black Hat

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by Jack C. Lewis
     
 

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From the silent era into the early days of television, hundreds of small production companies turned out low-budget films that were played as second features in this country and abroad. As might be expected, a high percentage of these films were Westerns. The people who made these films—producers, directors, writers, actors, and technicians—inhabited what

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From the silent era into the early days of television, hundreds of small production companies turned out low-budget films that were played as second features in this country and abroad. As might be expected, a high percentage of these films were Westerns. The people who made these films—producers, directors, writers, actors, and technicians—inhabited what came to be known as Poverty Row, eking out a living doing a job they loved. Author C. Jack Lewis spent 25 years in this world of low-budget Westerns, and here he portrays the human side of the industry through the many people with whom he came into contact as he worked his way from film to film. Highly personal, filled with rare glimpses of a life that lives only in the memory of a few, this narrative is a nostalgic memoir of a bygone time, of those who shared life on Poverty Row—and of the hard work, failures, successes, and dreams made or broken. Liberal use of photos helps readers identify the faces they have seen on their television screens in the reruns of these pictures still making the rounds. A must-read for students of film and popular culture—great for fans of Westerns as well.

Editorial Reviews

The New Gun Week - J. B. Wood
Highly personal, filled with rare glimpses of a life that lives only in the memory of a few, this narrative is a nostalgic memoir of a bygone time....written in Lewis' easy, conversational style, and a center section has 40 marvelous photos of the old sagebrush stars. Some of the anecdotes are hilarious, and we also learn which of the actors were real cowboys.
Film Review
A rare first-hand account of an unjustly forgotten era in horse opera history. Told with warmth and affection, it should delight B-western aficionados.
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Named One of "THE BEST ANECDOTAL" Books on Cinema
The New Gun Week
Highly personal, filled with rare glimpses of a life that lives only in the memory of a few, this narrative is a nostalgic memoir of a bygone time....written in Lewis' easy, conversational style, and a center section has 40 marvelous photos of the old sagebrush stars. Some of the anecdotes are hilarious, and we also learn which of the actors were real cowboys.
— J. B. Wood
Leatherneck
A wealth of delightful nostalgia and memoirs...a fun trip down memory lane.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810843585
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #96
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

C. Jack Lewis is a freelance writer and editor, with 11 novels, 23 books and some 6,000 magazine articles to his credit.

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