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ERROL FLYNN on Audio

I just got word that the audio adaptation of FLYNN, my one-person stage play about Errol Flynn, is now available for download on Amazon, audible.com and, within a day or so, iTunes. Sam Burns brings the screen's most famous Robin Hood to life in this production, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects. Enjoy!…



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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 20, 2017 at 10:09am — No Comments

Clark GABLE and Spencer TRACY: A conversation

(Clark) GABLE and (Spencer) TRACY: A conversation.
 

Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 13, 2017 at 10:29am — No Comments

CAROLE LOMBARD on Audio

I am pleased to announce that the audio edition of my play, LOMBARD, is now available for download at audible.com., Amazon and iTunes. Kathleen Godwin delivers a moving performance as Carole Lombard in this production of my original stage play, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects.
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 3, 2017 at 6:57am — No Comments

Clark GABLE on Audio

I am pleased to announce that the audio edition of my play, GABLE, is now available for download at audible.com., Amazon and iTunes. George Utley delivers a magnificent performance as Clark Gable in this production of my original stage play, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects.…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 1, 2017 at 6:59am — No Comments

TRACY is #1

I just learned that the new audio edition of TRACY is currently the #1 release on Amazon in the Play and Scriptwriting Department. Chris Hendrie delivers a masterful performance as Spencer Tracy in this adaptation of my stage play, which we've enhanced for your listening pleasure with music and sound effects.…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on October 7, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

ERROL FLYNN and Others on Audio

I made a deal yesterday for an actor to do an audio recording of my one-person play, (Errol) FLYNN.



That makes audio versions of five (5) of my one-person plays currently in production. The other four are (Clark) GABLE, (Carole) LOMBARD, (Spencer) TRACY and (Basil) RATHBONE.



It's a bit of a juggling act for me, but (hopefully) all five will be…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on September 20, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

JACKIE GOES TO DIXIE

Barbara Eden says it's "Great reading! Funny! Funny! Funny!"

JACKIE GOES TO DIXIE by Michael B. Druxman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP3ZQBkaCvQ…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on July 4, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

HOLLYWOOD SNAPSHOTS: The Forgotten Interviews

Here is the official press release for my new book, HOLLYWOOD SNAPSHOTS: The Forgotten Interviews.
 
 
Albany, Ga. – BearManor Media announces the release of Hollywood Snapshots The Forgotten Interviews by Michael B.…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 17, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

AVA GARDNER

I am pleased to announce (one day before I post it on FB) the latest play (with music) in THE HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS collection.



It's called AVA & HER GUYS.



There are 4 characters: Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra,…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on February 5, 2017 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Remembering Carole Lombard

Monday, January 16th, marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Carole Lombard in a plane crash outside of Las Vegas.

Monday also marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of my one-woman stage play, LOMBARD.

It opened, under my direction, in the Greater Los Angeles area on January 16, 1992 with Taylor Leigh playing the title role.…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on January 16, 2017 at 8:23am — No Comments

BARBARA PAYTON

Today is the birthday of actress (and my former neighbor) BARBARA PAYTON, who was the central figure in one of the most notorious scandals to hit Hollywood during the 1950s.
 
The sordid and violent events, which also involved actors Franchot Tone and Tom Neal, are dramatized in my stage play, B MOVIE,…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 16, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Jerry Giesler!

Today is the birthday of the late Jerry Giesler, Hollywood's renowned criminal attorney, whose clients included Errol Flynn and Lana Turner. Giesler (seen here with Ms. Turner) is a major character in my play, LANA…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 2, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lana Turner Speaks

Lana Turner speaking in my play, LANA & JOHNNY WERE LOVERS:



"Do you know that Barbara Stanwyck still refuses to talk to me? I’m not sure if it’s because she thinks I broke up her marriage to Bob Taylor, which I didn’t, or because I was a better villainess in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE than she was in DOUBLE INDEMNITY."…



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Added by Michael B. Druxman on June 6, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

THE LAST MONSTERS (Chaney, Lugosi, Carradine)

Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and John Carradine gathered together in 1956 to film THE BLACK SLEEP, a final nod to the classic horror films of the 1930s and 40s.  My new stage play, THE LAST MONSTERS, takes place during the making of that picture. …

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on June 1, 2016 at 7:54am — No Comments

Book Signing in Burbank on April 17th

If you are in the Los Angeles area next Sunday (4/17), please stop by Dark Delicacies in Burbank at 2 pm.

I'll be signing copies of MURDER IN BABYLON, my novel based on the William Desmond Taylor murder. 

It would be nice to meet some of you that I've never met face-to-face.

The address is 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.

See you there.

Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 10, 2016 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

PAUL MUNI is Back-in-Print

Paul Muni was the original SCARFACE.



This Oscar-winning actor (THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR) was also the subject of my first book, which has been OOP for 40 years. Now, BearManor Media has published an updated edition of PAUL MUNI: His Life and His Films, which also contains a new Introduction.



Muni, who starred in such classic…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 8, 2016 at 10:50am — No Comments

ROBINSON & RAFT

I am pleased to announce ROBINSON & RAFT,  the second of two (2) new stage plays in THE HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS collection.



Edward G. Robinson (LITTLE CAESAR) and George Raft (SCARFACE) may have been Hollywood's premier "tough guys," but off-screen they were totally unalike...and their personalities often clashed.  Robinson was a man of culture, who owned a magnificent art…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on March 21, 2016 at 7:57am — No Comments

THE LAST MONSTERS (Chaney, Lugosi, Carradine)

I am pleased to announce the first of two (2) new stage plays in THE HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS collection.



If you are a fan of classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, then you will certainly enjoy THE LAST MONSTERS, a 5-character play centered around horror icons Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi and John Carradine as they perform and bump heads while doing their final movie together.  



The script is available in both paperback…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on March 15, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

HOLIDAY SPECIAL!



Here is  the perfect gift for the movie buff or anybody involved in theatre.



Through the holiday buying season, if you purchase BOTH of my play anthologies, THE HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS (10 plays) and THE HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS (3 plays) directly from me, I will give you a 25% discount off the retail price.



That's a savings of $10.00 if you bought the books…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

AVOID BLACK FRIDAY CROWDS

AVOID BLACK FRIDAY CROWDS!



Want to give a special holiday gift to your friends or a family member?



How about a PERSONALLY SIGNED copy of a book that they would enjoy?



Because of medical and other issues, I've had to cut my attendance at autograph shows and conventions down this past year and, as a result, I have extra paperback copies of several of my book titles on hand. I would be happy to sign copies to…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 27, 2015 at 8:58am — No Comments

TCM Blog

StreamLine Has Moved to Tumblr!

On November 1, 2017 FilmStruck’s blog, StreamLine, moved to Tumblr. This archive will remain active for anyone looking to access older content, but going forward our daily posts dedicated to cinema will appear on FilmStruck’s Tumblr page. See the the link below to be redirected to our new location. http://filmstruck.tumblr.com/tagged/streamline-blog  

Affairs of the Heart: The Wedding Night (1935)

To view The Wedding Night click here. The Wedding Night was doomed from the start. It was producer Samuel Goldwyn’s final attempt at making the Ukrainian actress Anna Sten into a Garbo-level star, and his persistence had become something of a Hollywood joke. The Wedding Night became known around town as “Goldwyn’s Last Sten,” but […]

Murnau and the Phantoms of Germany

To view Phantom click here. It’s that time of year when Nosferatu (1922), F.W. Murnau’s interpretation of Dracula, appears on lists of recommended horror films. The oldest, existing film version of Bram Stoker’s novel, Nosferatu is likely Murnau’s most watched title. It’s eerie Expressionist style was a major influence on the American horror genre, but […]

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