Star Wars, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, The Searchers,Vertigo, The General, Metropolis, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Who are your favorite stars?
Carole Lombard, Ingrid Bergman, Barbara Stanwyck, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, George Zucco, Lon Chaney (Sr. and Jr.), Marlene Dietrich, The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, Thelma Todd, Lee Van Cleef, Alec Guiness, John Wayne, Vincent Price, Joan Blondell, Fay Wray, and many others
Who are your favorite directors?
Frank Capra, John Ford, Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Curtiz, Sergio Leone, Terence Fisher, James Whale, F. W. Murnau, Jack Arnold, Sam Peckinpah, Tim Burton, George Lucas, Mario Bava, Freddie Francis, Ridley Scott, Steven Speilberg
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
I am a huge baseball fan--my favorite team is the Chicago White Sox. I have over 300 dvds (which is the reason why I am not rich).
I would describe myself as a conservative, working-class guy.
I see that "The Searchers" (1956) is one of your favorite films, too. I really like the story and thought that the film shots of the western landscapes looked really fantastic in widescreen, John Wayne's finest performance and one of the best western's ever filmed.
I enoyed your review of the Barbara Stanwyck book. Thought you might like to read a buit about my new book that has just come out:
Still the youngest director to ever win an Academy Award (Skippy, 1931); Norman Taurog’s career embraces the history of Hollywood, from silent comedies to the Elvis Presley era. During Taurog’s fifty-two years in the film business he directed over a hundred two-reel comedies and seventy-eight feature films starring everyone from Maurice Chevalier and Carole Lombard, to W.C. Fields and Bing Crosby, to Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy (who won an Oscar for his performance as Father Flanagan in Taurog’s "Boys Town"), to Judy Garland, Mario Lanza, Cary Grant, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and of course his nine films with Elvis Presley. This biography is an in-depth study of Hollywood movie-making, as experienced by a talented craftsman and told by an author who worked closely with Taurog during the last six years and nine films of his career. "Elvis' Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Year Career of Norman Taurog" is now available at www.BearManorMedia.com. and soon at Amazon.to Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy (who won an Oscar for his performance as Father Flanagan in Taurog’s Boys Town), to Judy Garland, Mario Lanza, Cary Grant, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and of course his nine films with Elvis Presley. This biography is an in-depth study of Hollywood movie-making, as experienced by a talented craftsman and told by an author who worked closely with Taurog during the last six years and nine films of his career.
If you are interested I can send you a PDF for review.
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