The Golden Age of Hollywood

Of all the forty-three books I purchased after the holidays, this was the one that was the most eagerly anticipated. Alas, it is also the most disappointing. I was figuring that due to the fact it was written by his son, there should be a decent amount of information dear old Dad passed on to him. The only information Junior got from his father he lifted fron Wellman, Sr.'s wonderful autobiography, A Short TIme For Insanity. The problem there is about one-third of the book is lifted from Daddy's book. Another third is comprised of letters Wellman, Sr. sent home when he was flying in World War One.

This is not a book about Wings as much as it is Wellman, Sr. The tile is misleading. Now, a Wellman bio would be welcome if it were done right and not in this patchwork way--One would think a son would do a better job--but truthfully, Wellman, Sr. already did a heckuva job. Junior needs to leave the writing to the professionals.

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Pity--I'd like to read a book about the making of the first-ever Best Picture, which I wish was available on a decent DVD edition...I had to opt for a Hong Kong clone, which has unremovable Chinese subtitles grafted onto the title cards.


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