A sympathetic epic (400 pages) about that indefatigable mogul who liked croquet, chocolate sodas and marathon walks. Having...

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GOLDWYN: A Biography of the Man Behind the Myth

A sympathetic epic (400 pages) about that indefatigable mogul who liked croquet, chocolate sodas and marathon walks. Having emigrated to the States as a fourteen-year-old, Polish-born Samuel Goldfis(c)h toiled as a glove cutter before he finally prospered as a salesman. His brief association with brother-in-law Jesse Lasky and novice director Cecil B. De Mille subsequently launched him in his new career with the appearance of The Squaw Man in 1914. As is well known, the ""headstrong . . . shrewd. . . volatile"" producer went on to malapropistic fame in the years to come. Author Marx notes correctly that nearly all of Goldwyn's better offerings-Arrowsmith, These Three, Dodsworth, Dead End, Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes, and The Best Years of Our Lives were adapted from successful plays or novels. In any event, the ""unschooled"" executive knew enough to surround himself with quality craftsmen like Lillian Hellman and William Wyler on his way to amassing a twenty-million-dollar fortune at the time of his death in 1974. This is a more popularly acceptable flip side to Carol Easton's trenchant The Search For Sam Goldwyn (1975).

Pub Date: March 22, 1976

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Publisher: Norton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1976