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“Thoughts” About Brian Donlevy, the Good Bad Guy by Derek Sculthorpe
One of my all-time favorite actors is Brian Donlevy. Donlevy had a fascinating Hollywood fame in the late 1930s, both as a romantic hero in “B” films (e.g., Half Angel, Midnight Taxi), and a detestable villain in “A” attractions (e.g., Jesse James, Destry Rides Again).
Therefore, I was very interested to learn that Derek Sculthorpe has written the first full-length biography of Donlevy – Brian Donlevy, the Good Bad Guy, A Bio-Filmography, published by McFarland.
My musings on Donlevy and on Sculthorpe’s biography of him, are recorded in this website. Click on the “Thoughts” link in the menu to access it.
I continue to work on my next two books, a Colin Clive biography and a second “Witching Time of Night” book:
One Man Crazy: The Life and Death of Colin Clive, Hollywood’s Frankenstein
He immortalized Henry Frankenstein in Universal’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein; his tragic personal life was as horrific as the classic melodramas in which he starred. Within the past several months, much fascinating material has come to light about the women in his life and early scandals that traumatized the young actor before he ever achieved stardom.
Deeply researched (with fresh and startling discoveries), richly-illustrated (with many rare photos), this sympathetic but unsparingly revealing biography will be the definitive account of the brilliant, hypersensitive actor who unforgettably cried “It’s alive!”
To be published by Midnight Marquee Press, 2018.
The Very Witching Time of Night, II
The critical and popular success of The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema has inspired a contract for The Very Witching Time of Night, Part II. As with the original book, there will be 13 chapters, on topics ranging from Rasputin to Jekyll and Hyde to Sherlock Holmes, with full coverage of never-before-covered topics and fresh slants on vintage favorites such as Island of Lost Souls and Tower of London. Exhaustively researched and profusely illustrated with many rare photos.
To be published by McFarland in 2018.
Hope to see you back here soon!
Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy
The proof pages for Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy, plus a detailed index for the book, were mailed to publisher McFarland & Company, Inc. on December 7! The (almost) firm publication date is now February 6, 2018. I had hoped that those of you with interest in this work could realistically expect it for Christmas giving-and-getting, but no such luck. Ah, the vagaries of the writer’s world! Pre-publication ordering information is available on McFarland’s website (McFarland) and at Amazon (Amazon).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I hope your 2017 has been terrific and your 2018 will be even better!