GREAT KIDS OF THE MOVIES by Edward Edelson

GREAT KIDS OF THE MOVIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Less-than-sparkling rundowns on young Hollywood and TV stars from Shirley Temple and Our Gang to Mason Reese and Tatum O'Neal. As in Edelson's Great Monsters. . . (1973), Funny Men. . . (1976), and Tough Guys and Gals of the Movies (1978), the writing is slack and the material doesn't go far beyond the press release level. With each example Edelson feels called upon to point out yet again that a few made it as adult stars, most did not, and some have settled into other careers, ""happily married"" or (vaguely) ""doing quite well."" Otherwise his major observation is of the difference between the obligatory innocence of earlier films and the ""anything goes"" atmosphere today--but cigarette-smoking O'Neal is his featured example of the modern style, with Brooke Shields glossed over in one evasive reference to her lesser-known King of the Gypsies. Strictly for those ""would-be kid stars"" Edelson assumes all his readers to be--and not much use to them.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1979
Publisher: Doubleday