The Hollywood I Knew: A Memoir: 1916-1988 (Scarecrow by Herbert Coleman

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By Herbert Coleman

Not anyone is aware Hollywood greater than the boys and girls behind the curtain, the administrators and manufacturers who flip usual humans into heroes of the massive monitor by way of the lighting fixtures, digital camera, and motion of all of it. Who higher to inform part of Hollywood's enduring story than Herbert Coleman, a script manager, moment unit director, director, and manufacturer, who used to be lively in Hollywood from 1926 via 1988. His memoir, starting within the 12 months 1916, offers vibrant images of the various celebrated motion picture notables that he labored with akin to Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Cecil B. DeMille, Alan Ladd, Steve McQueen, Erich von Stroheim, and Billy Wilder. He recounts the making of famous productions like Carrie, 5 Graves to Cairo, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Roman vacation. particularly, he discusses for the 1st time his lengthy operating courting with Alfred Hitchcock, delivering clean insights into the making of Rear Window, the difficulty with Harry, Vertigo, North via Northwest and others. He additionally recounts many tales approximately Hollywood_stories that will were misplaced have been it no longer for this e-book. not just a ancient list of a number of vital and dynamic sessions in Hollywood, this autobiography unearths new information regarding Hitchcock and different mythical motion picture stars. For movie scholars and movie buffs, humans drawn to Hollywood, and Hitchcock lovers. Illustrated with pictures.

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After a while, the crowd began to thin, but the loner still remained. Ignoring the others, I crossed the walk, leaned on the walk beside him, and asked him if I had to be a cowboy to get a job there. ” I told him he didn’t look like the others and asked if he worked in pictures. He 14 Chapter 4 nodded his head and told me he knew every director who worked on Poverty Row. That almost every day one of them would need an actor and tell his assistant to go get Tex. ”I’m Tex. Pay’s good, too. ” I told him I’d come to Hollywood to get in the movie business.

He wanted me to start the next day, but I told him I couldn't walk out on Mr. Fornier. I'd have to give him time to get someone to take my place. He said the job would wait and asked what my salary was. He promised me the same. For seventy hours, seven days a week, and fifty cents an hour overtime after seventy hours. He said I'd be driving a Model T, mostly around town, and wouldn't have to worry much about working on Sundays. m. the morning of September 10,1927, when I walked through the Famous Players-Lasky Studio gate to start a career that would last exactly thirty-two years.

It was a pretty woman. The wife of one of the drivers. There were no tears when Otto yelled ”Cut” and the cameras stopped rolling on the last scene to be filmed around the Dardanelles. ” But it wasn’t that easy. It took the State Highway Department two days to plow the roads. With half the trucks leading the way for the cars and buses, we made it. It’s been over fifty years since I last saw Fighting Caravans, but I still have fond memories of those months in the gold country. Many members of the company became friends and have remained friends throughout all my years in the business.

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