Marion Shilling began her career as a silent film ingenue for MGM and went on to play heroines in Westerns of the 1930s. Stage actress Esther Muir made the transition from Broadway to Hollywood just as talkies became popular. Hugh Allan was a leading man in the last years of the silents only to leave the film business in 1930 because of the uncertainty surrounding his transition to sound films and his disgust with studio politics. These three performers and thirteen others (Barbara Barondess, Thomas Beck, Mary Brian, Pauline Curley, Billie Dove, Edith Fellows, Rose Hobart, William Janney, Marcia Mae Jones, Barbara Kent, Anita Page, Lupita Tovar, and Barbara Weeks) reminisce here about Hollywood and the movie business as it made the transition.
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Fortson, Georgia's Michael G. Ankerich began interviewing former picture players about ten years ago and has contributed to Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age and Hollywood Studio Magazine.Review:
"pleasurable reading...engaging period photographs and exhaustive individual filmographies. ...detailed research, vividly recounts what it was like to be an early screen siren" -- Film & History
"recommended...a generous selection of photos" -- The Silents Majority On-Line Journal
"richly detailed and consistently interesting. ...these performers...have absorbing and entertaining stories to tell. ...excellent photographs" -- Past Times
"this compulsive collection of vivid reminiscences is a fascinating journey back to early cinema. It's the next best thing to traveling back in a time machine" -- Film Review
"well worth reading" --Classic Images
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