Gunmen and gangsters : profiles of nine actors who portrayed memorable screen tough guys

by Schlossheimer, Michael.

Format: Print Book 2002
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN1995.9.G3 S34 2002
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN1995.9.G3 S34 2002
Gangsters such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano were considered by many people to be the most exciting personalities of the 1920s and 1930s. The public was hungry for press coverage about these mysterious and dangerous men. Most reports about them were sketchy, as the reporters did not want to get on the bad side of the racket bosses. Hollywood's response to the public's fascination was to portray the lives of gangsters on the movie screen, using actors such as Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Edward G. Robinson. Perhaps surprisingly, these men received not-so-favorable reviews from the Academy Award voters, and as their popularity grew with the public, censorship dictated other actors be brought in to play the roles. That's what this book is about--the personal and professional lives of William Bendix, Charles Bickford, Ward Bond, Broderick Crawford, Brian Donlevy, Paul Douglas, William Gargan, Barton MacLane, and Lloyd Nolan, second-string actors who replaced the big names and did a memorable job. A filmography is supplied for each actor.
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Subjects Gangster films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Jefferson, N.C. :McFarland,2002
Language English
Description vi, 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-338) and index.
ISBN 0786409894 (softcover : alk. paper)
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