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December 24, 2013

1930'S HOLLYWOOD by Frank N. Brathwaite

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RATED 5 STARS
1930'S HOLLYWOOD
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
VOL. 1
by
Frank N. Brathwaite
1930s Hollywood the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Vol. 1 
Paperback, 202 pages
Published September 4th 2013 
 by 
Outskirts Press
ISBN 1432799304
 (ISBN13: 978143279930
OVERVIEW
(FROM GOODREADS)
30s Hollywood has been covered in great detail over the decades. In spite of this, 1930s- Hollywood The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Vol. 1 provides a concentrated review of what made the decade stand out as a winner. Vol. 1 focuses on Tinseltown's highs and lows throughout a turbulent period in America's history. On the backdrop that was the Great Depression, Hollywood was able to deliver the goods to a society that had just about given up. The "movies" were the only form of cheap entertainment that provided escapism for the millions of distressed and temporarily displaced people across the country. The volume also delves into the lives of two charismatic individuals whose talents, smarts, and overall appeal changed the history of the cinema forever. Plus the book compatibly covers a topic that remains as omnipresent as it was back then, Gossip! Inside, readers will get a quick case study on the origins of the "fan magazine" and how it evolved into the conglomerate of entertainment based publications, via on-line media outlets that we all are fortunate to have with us today. In modern times, many are still interested in showbiz and celebrities. It's the reason Hollywood is a billion dollar industry. Nonetheless, fascination with celebs began long ago during Hollywood's silent days. Vols. 2 and 3 completes the trilogy. Demand will bring these volumes to the marketplace expediently in the near future

REVIEW
I received this complimentary copy of
 1930's HOLLYWOOD by Mr. Brathwaite compliments of Outskirts Press for my uncompensated review.  My opinions are my own.
The author takes us back to a simpler time. There were no colored movies, only black and white.  There was no rock and roll but big band music and jazz. Unfortunately that era is gone, replaced by more complicated times and an entirely different kind of music.  The 30's for some reason was a favorite era, more so than any other.  More films about that era have been made except perhaps the WWII movies.   Yet today some filmmakers find the 30's films fascinating.
People in the 1930's were trying to deal with the aftermath of the Great Depression. They had an escape from the everyday worries.  Silent movies gave that vent the people needed.  The silent movie went to movies called "talkies".
We all crave gossip and gossip they did in the 1930's.
If you crave gossip of another era or reading of the 30's films in commentary style, you will love taking a journey of Tinseltown and its old-fashioned stories. You will discover back stage life and how the movies were put together.  Not an easy task, since the big studios were just starting up..You'll also learn about how much money and time it took to make one film. You will find out who was easy and who was hard to work with.
Mr. Brathwaite has dedicated one chapter to magazine headlines from Photoplay, Hollywood Reporter and Modern Screen.  This gave the public a look into the private and public lives of the stars.
 The author gave us glimpses of Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino's death.  MGM finally picked their Tarzan, thought to be Clark Gable but ended up being Johnny Weissmuller.
In 1932 Buster Keaton was fired from MGM. Read this book and find out why they let him go. In 1933 Keaton finished What No Beer? and then got his walking papers.
. If you love gossip, Vintage Hollywood, the stars and films of the time 'then you must get a copy of 1930's HOLLYWOOD by Frank N. Brathwaite and journey into the past of the 1930's.
Learn so much more about why some characters were put in just the right scenes and movies.  Discover more about Frank Capra and Lionel Barrymore in You Can't Take It With You, It's a Wonderful Life and more. The author, Frank N. Brathwaite wrote an  amazing  book looking back into the 1930's and Hollywood's good, bad and ugly. You will find several pictures in the book.  One cute one of Shirley Temple. Wonderful book. You may learn a lot about the 30's, Tinseltown, stars, movies and much more that you never knew. This book is just the first in a trilogy.  I can't wait to read Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.  It's a fun, learning and eye opener read.  Don't miss it.  You'll want to go on this journey.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

AUTHOR
Frank N. Brathwaite interest in 1930s Hollywood began during childhood, which comprised frequent television viewings of classic old films. Admiration for the golden age of Hollywood continues to the present. His other varied interests, include collecting classic films from Tinseltown's yesteryear, and watching when time allows films on TCM aka Turner Classic Movies. He currently resides in New York City.

LINKS
http://bemiown.blogspot.com

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18475313-1930s-hollywood-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-vol-1?ac=1

http://www.shelfari.com/books/36769115/1930s-Hollywood-the-Good-the-Bad-and-the-Ugly-Vol-1


http://www.amazon.com/1930s-Hollywood-Good-Ugly-Vol/dp/1494467038/


http://www.outskirtspress.com/1930shollywoodvol1/












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