Dina Di Mambro explores the scandals and demises of some the greatest film and television actors and actresses in history. Dina Di Mambro is a film historian. The information she provides about these screen legends is accurate and fascinating. I would love to see the film Monkey Business starring the late Thelma Todd and the Marx brothers. I have heard of this classic movie before, but I have never seen it. Thelma Todd died mysteriously over eighty years ago, but her brand of physical comedy made her a legend. Monkey Business would definitely make me laugh.
I would love to see the 1917 film Tom Sawyer starring William Desmond Taylor. Tom Sawyer is one of my favorite books. I have never seen a silent movie based on a classic book before. Joan Bennett is another actress whose work I would love to see. She starred in the film Man Hunt in 1941. This is a film about a prostitute with a heart of gold. She also starred in the suspense film The Woman In The Window. This film is about a woman who drives a man mentally crazy after he falls in love with a painting of her. This is the kind of film that would keep me on the edge of my seat.
Di Mambro includes a chapter George Reeves. He is the first actor who first played Superman on television. I have actually watched a few episodes of this show starring George Reeves, and I enjoy it. It is speculated that he died from a gun shot or a possible suicide. There is a chapter about the life and career of the beautiful Natalie Wood. She drowned in a boat accident in 1981. I have seen some of her movies, but after reading this book I want to watch them all. I especially want to see Natalie Wood as a young woman in Splendor In The Grass. I have never even heard of Gig Young, but his film career interests me too. He starred in the film Come Fill The Cup. This is a film about a music composer who battles alcoholism. I enjoy watching talented yet flawed characters on the big screen, so this movie would be enjoyable to watch to me.
I have never heard of a gangster named Mickey Cohen. Di Mambro includes a lengthy chapter to this man. He is portrayed as a hard nosed mobster in films like Dick Tracy and the more recent film Gangster Squad. However, Mickey Cohen also possessed a generosity and a soft side toward sick children, which is not shown in films. True Hollywood Noir is an excellent book. Dina Di Mambro makes me a bigger fan of the movies of all time periods.
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