HARLOWS TAKE A BOW

 

Kimberly Lindbergs who Blogs for Turner Classic Movies chose Dueling Harlows: Race to the Silver Screen as one of her favorite books about cinema for 2011. Click here to go to the site. Below is her review:

Author Tom Lisanti has compiled some of my favorite film books in the last decade including Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood and Drive-In Dream Girls, which all feature biographical information on many popular as well as unsung movie starlets. In Lisanti’s latest book he turns his attention to a little known but fascinating part of film history and details the battle that took place on the studio back lots in 1965 when two competing biographical films about actress Jean Harlow were being made in Hollywood. The book crosses decades and combines the working history of three blond bombshells I admire, Jean Harlow, Caroll Baker and Carol Lynley who was interviewed extensively for the book. Both Baker and Lynley were hired to play Harlow in separate productions the very same year but the behind-the-scenes drama ended up being much more interesting than the actual finished films. The crazy antics of dueling producers, William ‘Bill’ Sargent Jr. and Joseph E. Levine make for some fun reading and if you’re interested in the inner workings of the Hollywood studio system, Dueling Harlows: Race to the Silver Screen offers some surprisingly entertaining insights and observations.

 

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