Back again with another treasure trove of Hollywood character actors from yesteryear, Manny Pacheco captures the essence and spirit of classic performances. The Thirties, Forties, and Fifties were a time of prolific filmmaking, when movie after movie featured similar supporting casts-always assuring motion picture audiences of superior portrayals be they menacing (such as Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, or Lon Chaney Jr.) or funny (Marjorie Main's "Ma Kettle" or Carl Switzer's "Alfalfa").
Memories will abound for theater-goers of that era who grew up with these flicks, and new memories will be made as younger readers will want to find these classic films in stores, libraries, or online. As in Volume One, the bonus, of course, is learning what was happening in the world around us that was a driving force in the creation of many of these pictures. It's what makes this new book in the series a satisfying addition to the annals of cinema.
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Table of Contents
Foreword David C. Bojorquez v
Introduction Gary Lycan xiii
Chapter 1 Fat Man And Little Boy Sydney Greenstreet Peter Lorre 1
Chapter 2 The Man Behind The Curtain Frank Morgan 11
Chapter 3 Milwaukee's Finest Lack Carson 19
Chapter 4 Saddle Tramps Andy Devine 27
Chapter 5 Pathos: The Curse of a Lifetime Lon Chaney Jr. 37
Chapter 6 A Wandering Star S. Z. Sakall 49
Chapter 7 Children of the Depression 57
Carl "Alfalfa" Swifzer 60
Leo Gorcey 62
Freddie Bartholomew 65
Chapter 8 Flirting With History Charles Coburn 69
Chapter 9 The Good Soldier Alan Hale Sr. 79
Chapter 10 Our Neighbors to the South Gilbert Roland Cesar Romero 89
Chapter 11 Affable Face of Authority James Gleason 103
Chapter 12 Mothers Superior 111
Margaret Dumont 112
Marjorie Main 115
Dane Darwell 118
Chapter 13 Bulldog Tenacity C. Aubrey Smith 123
Chapter 14 A Bit O' The Blarney Frank McHugh 131
Chapter 15 Autumn Leaves Dean Dagger 139
Appendix: Disclaimers 151
About the Author 163
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite As its title suggests, Manny Pacheco’s “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” is a treasure trove second volume of little-known facts about the tireless and ubiquitous cast of character actors who helped establish the Hollywood film industry. Readers may not know these actors’ names but their faces are indelible - uniquely talented unsung heroes who gave color and life to many of our best-loved films. Profiled in these pages are familiar contributors such as Frank Morgan from “The Wizard of Oz;” Lon Chaney Jr., who brought us Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and the Phantom of the Opera; Margaret Dumont, who became an icon by enduring countless ‘pie-in-the-face’ indignities at the hands of the Marx Brothers and the immortal James Coburn. Alongside these luminaries appear many lesser-known stars such as Freddie Bartholomew, Alan Hale Sr. and Marjorie Main. Reading their stories brings back to life the heyday of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Pacheco’s style is straightforward, unflinching and devoid of romance. This makes “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” even more fascinating. In a world obsessed with fame and the bright lights of ‘show business,’ seeing these often troubled creative personalities without the smoke and mirrors of Hollywood glamour opens a new world for lovers of the cinema. It is easy to see why Pacheco’s first volume “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” was the recipient of the coveted USA Book News ‘Best Books’ award. This ‘Who’s Who’ of Hollywood’s character actors is a must-read for all serious fans of American cinema.
SON OF FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD FORGOTTEN HISTORY is part of the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Book Series that sheres America's story through the eyes from folks during Hollywood's Golden Age. I counted 21-23 actors who have wonderful stories to tell including Frank Morgan, Andy Devine, Peter Lorre, Marjorie Main, Sydney Greenstreet, Jack Carson, and Lon Chaney Jr. The new paperback in this series by author Manny Pacheco is interesting and a fresh take on faces you know in cinema, but with stories seldom shared in public. I encourage you to ask your local BARNES & NOBLE store to stock this delightful and informative paperback, written in a Ken Burns-style.
Author Manny Pacheco¿s abiding fascination with cinema¿s favorite character actors, has enjoyed a growing acclaim since his first award-winning book, Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History¿now included in the library collections of the American Film Institute, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, among others. He recently signed a theatrical deal to turn his literary work into a documentary. A Southern California television and radio personality for over three decades, Pacheco co-hosted the Daytime Emmy-nominated In Studio, and currently hosts Forgotten Hollywood, a weekly program on The Spa radio network.