Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins

Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins

by Anthony Slide


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617034749
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 09/05/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,015,029
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anthony Slide is an independent scholar who has published seventy-five books on popular entertainment. He has been a specialist appraiser of entertainment memorabilia for more than thirty years, an associate archivist for the American Film Institute, and the resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The Extra in the Early Silent Years 18

Chapter 2 The 1920s 34

Chapter 3 The Hollywood Studio Club 52

Chapter 4 Central Casting 62

Chapter 5 The Port of Missing Girls 82

Chapter 6 The Coming of Sound 98

Chapter 7 The Stand-In 117

Chapter 8 Celebrity Extras 141

Chapter 9 The Silent Star as Extra 156

Chapter 10 Ethnic Extras 187

Chapter 11 The 1940s, Unionization, and Beyond 205

Chapter 12 "Extras, Extras, Read All about 'Em" 224

Notes 231

Bibliography 244

Index 255

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Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Extras, bit players, and stand-ins were a large part of the film industry. Although these people are largely unknown and unrecognized, their stories are fascinating. This book provides a chronological accounting of extras within the industry and the standards and hardships they might face.I thought this book was very well written, organized and entertaining. It was interesting to read about these men and women and the evolution of the film industry. Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and think that any aspiring actor/actress or anyone interested in Hollywood or the film industry will find it equally as enjoyable.