Superstar Caine donates a short introduction to each of the ten groupings of mostly tired film trivia here ("Leading Ladies," "Tough Guys," "Never Work with Animals or Children," etc.), but the hundreds of nicely packaged tidbits could have been compiled and written up by anyone. Many of the entries are familiar or dull (e.g., "Marilyn Monroe posed as Playboy's first centerfold in December 1953"; "The scriptwriter's rule of thumb is that for each minute of film he, or she, needs to supply one page of script"), but some delight ("James Joyce, author of Ulysses, was the manager of the first cinema to open in Ireland"; a description of how Howard Hughes premiered his film Underwater—underwater, to guests wearing scuba equipment). And all of this is caboosed very oddly with the book's longest entry, a passionate plea for funds for Britain's National Playing Fields Association (playgrounds for kids). So—mostly coasting on the Caine name, but tolerant film buffs might enjoy it.
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