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Carol Lynley

by Tom Lisanti
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My long awaited tribute book on Carol Lynley is now available for purchase via BearManor Media.

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John Black October 13, 2020 - 7:52 pm

Sounds great, I’ve ordered a copy from Amazon. It may arrive as soon as this Friday. I’ll probably read it slowly, perhaps one film or TV review per day. I’m currently reading another Bear Manor book very slowly, Mark McGee’s recent book about 1950’s juvenile delinquent films. I’m reading one review per day, just to make the pleasure last as long as possible.

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Tom Lisanti October 14, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Thanks so much for getting a copy. Hope you enjoy. Even if you do not, please would appreciate an Amazon review. Helps build up awareness of the book. BTW, I have Teenage Thunder and love it. That is my solo Amazon review for it listed. BearManor did a beautiful job with it and I love those movies too.

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John Black October 21, 2020 - 5:58 pm

Both of those books are books that I will be reading very slowly (just one review per day, to “prolong the joy”), so it may be awhile before I review CAROL LYNLEY on Amazon, or TEENAGE THUNDER for that matter.

Off the subject, I just saw a short quote from you in the new book DAD MADE DIRTY MOVIES, about Stephen Apostolof. You are identified as a film historian, and there’s a one-line quote attributed to you.

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Tom Lisanti October 22, 2020 - 12:57 pm

Hope you enjoy the books! I am not familiar with that book I was quoted in. Probably a quote from one of my former books. Thanks for sharing.

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John Black December 3, 2020 - 8:32 pm

I’m really enjoying the Lynley book, although I’m only reading a few pages a day (I’ve just passed the page 300 point. I saw most of her theatrical films in theaters, other than HARLOW and NORWOOD. By the same token, I missed most of her TV performances, due to being away at college during 1971-1975, so it’s interesting to read about those.

I was surprised by how hefty this book is. I thought it would be like a “typical” McFarland or Bear Manor paperback, but it’s more like a college textbook at 700-pjus pages.

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Tom Lisanti December 4, 2020 - 12:27 am

Glad you are enjoying. I was surprised as well of the length and was never informed. I probably would have made cuts but it is what it is.

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Michael H January 3, 2021 - 2:24 pm

I’m reading it now and cannot get over how extensively researched and thorough it is. You uncovered a lot of interesting facts about her career that I had never heard before. Carol as Cora in Fantastic Voyage? Wow. I wasn’t aware of her impressive and extensive work on the stage either, but it explains how she was able to continue working in film and television and give solid performances time and time again. She knew her craft and she was reliably professional and prepared. Hers is in some respects a textbook case of someone having talent and beauty but missing out on a breakthrough role in a major film. I thought your perspective on why she never achieved huge stardom was entirely convincing and fair, all of which makes her even more fascinating. Oh, to have spent an evening with her to hear stories about living at Chateau Marmont in the seventies. Great job and I’ll hop over to Amazon and write a review shortly.

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Tom Lisanti January 3, 2021 - 3:30 pm

Thank you and so glad you enjoyed it. I tried to give a fair and balanced look at her career even after admitting what a fanboy I was. Glad it came through.

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John Black January 11, 2021 - 1:30 am

I’m really enjoying reading about the end of Lynley’s career, in oddball projects like DARK TOWER, BLACKOUT, and the play FATAL ATTRACTION. I might have to find a boot of BLACKOUT, as it sounds like a “horror hag” film with the aging actress cast as an unbalanced and possibly lethal character.

When I finish the Carol Lynley book, my next book will be another 700 page book about a blonde actress, namely PEEKABOO about Veronica Lake. Oddly, both Lynley and Lake enacted deranged scientists at the end of their careers (Lynley in the thriller about the rats, and Lake as a maggot-breeding neo Nazi in FLESH FEAST).

It’s too bad that Lynley let so many “romances” interfere with her career, but I gather that she was able to live the life that she wanted to lead, and enjoyed doing so.

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Tom Lisanti January 11, 2021 - 12:43 pm

Glad you are liking it. If I knew it would have been 700 pages I would have cut it but it is what it is. Yes, though Lynley claimed always to be an independent woman, she let the men in her life effect her career. Blackout is definitely worth a look.

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John Black January 14, 2021 - 12:25 am

Speaking of DARK TOWER, I see that it will be released on Blu-ray on January 26th, 2021, from Vinegar Syndrome. I don’t know if it’s worth a purchase to me, but the Blu-ray should be vastly better quality than previous releases of this title. I wish they had picked BLACKOUT instead.

Right now, I’m enjoying reading about Lynley’s many appearances on game shows and other TV shows. I’m still in the 60’s era at present.

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Tom Lisanti January 16, 2021 - 5:09 pm

Dark Tower is not worth it. I so wish Blackout would come out on Blu-ray. There was talk per its cinematographer that I interviewed for my book but Doug Adams disappeared. We were suppose to speak for my book but he ghosted me and never responded to any of my emails to pick a date and time.tryng

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John Black January 20, 2021 - 9:09 pm

Finished the book and have submitted a review on Amazon. I deliberately didn’t read the other reviews before submitting mine, so that my comments wouldn’t be affected by the other reviewers.

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Tom Lisanti January 20, 2021 - 11:27 pm

Thank you so much and for the kind words. It posted. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the continued support.

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