The Essential James Garner

The Essential James Garner

by Stephen H. Ryan, Paul J. Ryan


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Since his television debut in the mid-1950s, James Garner entertained millions of fans on screens both big and small. From supporting roles in memorable films like Sayonara and The Notebook to leading roles in box office hits including The Great Escape, Victor / Victoria, and the feature film version of Maverick, the actor appeared in some of the most entertaining movies of all time.

In The Essential James Garner, Stephen H. Ryan and Paul J. Ryan consider the prolific output of one of America's most beloved actors. This book looks at the key feature films, made-for-television movies, and television episodes of Garner's career. The authors discuss each of the actor's most well-known films-The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Support Your Local Sheriff! and Murphy's Romance, among others-as well as critically acclaimed television movies including Barbarians at the Gate, Breathing Lessons, Decoration Day, Heartsounds, My Names Is Bill W., and Promise. Each entry provides details about the film's production, critical reception, and commercial success. The best episodes of Garner's two iconic television, Maverick and The Rockford Files-as well as his highly regarded but little seen series Nichols-are also identified.

The authors make clear why these choices are indispensable viewings, not only for those already familiar with Garner, but also for those who have yet to enjoy the work of this Oscar nominee and multiple Emmy winner. A tribute to the career of a Hollywood legend, The Essential James Garner will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the actor's best films and programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442278202
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/2018
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 1,251,963
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Stephen H. Ryan has an MA in English pedagogy from Salisbury University, where he taught introduction to composition and literature courses. For several years, he was the nonfiction buyer for a national bookstore chain and later the managing editor for a documentary distributor. For more than a decade, Stephen has been a senior acquisitions editor for Rowman & Littlefield where he oversees titles in literary studies, performing arts, and popular culture.

Paul J. Ryan is a business management consultant to clients in retail, health care, government (local, state, and federal), and education. He is a mentor to students in the business administration program at Towson University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

The Career of James Garner xix

Part I Films and Made-for-Television Movies

1 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) 3

2 Sayonara (1957) 7

3 Up Periscope (1959) 12

4 Cash McCall (1960) 16

5 The Children's Hour (1961) 21

6 The Great Escape (1963) 28

7 The Thrill of It All (1963) 35

8 The Wheeler Dealers (1963) 40

9 The Americanization of Emily (1964) 45

10 36 Hours (1964) 51

11 Grand Prix (1966) 57

12 Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) 63

13 Marlowe (1969) 69

14 Skin Game (1971) 75

15 They Only Kill Their Masters (1972) 81

16 The Long Summer of George Adams (1982) 85

17 Victor/Victoria (1982) 90

18 Heartsounds (1984) 96

19 Murphy's Romance (1985) 102

20 Promise (1986) 107

21 My Name Is Bill W. (1989) 113

22 Decoration Day (1990) 119

23 Barbarians at the Gate (1993) 124

24 Breathing Lessons (1994) 129

25 Maverick (1994) 134

26 My Fellow Americans (1996) 141

27 One Special Night (1999) 146

28 The Notebook (2004) 150

Part II Television Series

29 Maverick (1957-1960) 157

30 Nichols (1971-1972) 171

31 The Rockford Files (1974-1980) 178

Appendix A Filmography 193

Appendix B Awards and Honors 221

Notes 225

Selected Bibliography 243

Index 245

About the Authors 257

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