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What are your favorite movies?
Murnau's Faust, Casablanca, His Girl Friday, Skyscraper Souls, The Millionaire, The Thin Man, Sunrise, Hot Water, Our Hospitality, Tell It To the Marines, The Roaring Twenties, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Big Parade, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, The Sea Hawk and on and on.
Who are your favorite stars?
Warren William, Lon Chaney, Humphrey Bogart, Carole Lombard, Olivia DeHavilland, James Cagney, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Joan Leslie, Veronica Lake, Louise Brooks, Marceline Day and on and on.
Who are your favorite directors?
FW Murnau, Michael Curtiz, Billy Wilder, William Wellman, Yasujiro Ozu, Luis Bunuel, Raoul Walsh, John Huston, Akira Kurasowa, Todd Browning and on and on.
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
Grew up watching old films in Chicago during the late 60's and 70's on WGN TV's "When Movies Were Movies." That was when you could see a different Warner Brothers gem just about every night and often TWICE a night if you were interested in staying up for "The Late, Late Movie." At the age of 11 I splashed cold water on my face to stay awake for "Marked Woman," just so I could see Bogart as the crusading DA. It's almost impossible to think that films like "Stand-In" or "Here Comes the Navy" routinely ran on over the air TV where anyone could catch up on the obscure areas of these great stars careers. I sure miss it, but at least now we have TCM. A continuing focus for me are the silent and pre-code eras. Oh - and my first book is about to be published! It's the biography of the great Warren William, called "Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood," available from McFarland in late October or early November!
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Warren William review

Posted on November 9, 2010 at 6:17pm 1 Comment

Hi all -

If anyone is considering purchasing Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood (and at $45, I understand it IS a consideration), you can now read an early review from Cliff Aliperti at Please let me know your thoughts on the book if you have a chance to read it!…


Magnificent Scoundrel coming SOON!

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:21pm 0 Comments

Just a quick line to say that McFarland is sending Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood to press THIS Monday, October 25th. It could be in print late in the week / early the next. Oh, and if you'd care for updates and links to content that didn't make the book, check out my Twitter feed at: magnificentcad

Magnificent Scoundrel put to bed

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 12:47pm 10 Comments

It looks like my upcoming book Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood will be released in LATE October or EARLY November. I just sent the proofs back to McFarland, and they say it could go to press as soon as just a couple days from receipt. When I have a firm street date, I'll put it up.

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At 9:31am on January 18, 2019, Georgina Bin Mohd said…

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At 7:12pm on January 13, 2011, Dan Day, Jr. said…
I thought THE MATCH KING was pretty good. You are right about it being one of William's best perfromances. Despite all the terrible things his character does, you wind up rooting for the guy! You could say that's what makes Warren William great.
At 11:40pm on January 8, 2011, Dan Day, Jr. said…

I just watched SMARTY, which I got in the mail today from Warner Archives. I thought Warren William did a great job in a light-comedic role. I'm a huge Joan Blondell fan (which is why I ordered the DVD) but her character was pretty annoying.

I see that TCM is showing THE MATCH KING Sunday night. I'll have to check that one out since I've never seen it.

At 7:28pm on August 10, 2010, Dan Day, Jr. said…
I'd really like to get your book. McFarland's books are pretty expensive, though--and I just got a house, so I should try to cut down on my spending. I would really like to hear what you think of SATAN MET A LADY--I often wondered if William was drunk while making that one!
At 9:38am on February 21, 2010, Abdullah aka Chuck said…

At 12:05am on June 21, 2009, Abdullah aka Chuck said…

BTW the e-mail address!
At 11:42am on June 20, 2009, Abdullah aka Chuck said…
Hey John! I, also attribute my love of Golden Age films to WGN's WHEN MOVIES WERE MOVIES and many sleepless nights! It was a tremendous time to see classic films and build an appreciation theat goes until this day.....Chuck
At 5:03pm on June 19, 2009, Ktrek said…
John - Welcome to the Golden Age of Hollywood! We're sure glad to have you and we hope you enjoy the siet. Get involved! We need members like you!


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