HOLLYWOOD by Garson Kanin


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A raunchy, hip, swinging community"". . .yes, people were crazy there. Kanin may not be the King of showbiz belles lettrists (however successful his Tracy-Hepburn duo-biography), but then as a straighter elder statesman of the pre-Rex Reed era, he doesn't even attempt to metamorphize the eccentricities of individual celebrities into a collective brand of communal insanity. The material here, loosely structured around the author's screenwriting and directorial stints, is generally entertaining, often amusing, and highly producer-oriented. Samuel Goldwyn (the man and his malapropisms) serves as the common thread linking a core of studio tycoons such as Harry Cohn, Sam Spiegel and Pandro S. Berman with a smaller cast of stars -- principally Laughton, Lombard and Ginger Rogers. A fine piece on the dissolution of the Wilder-Brackett team, a trifle on an Edgar Bergen salary dispute -- in short, a grab bag of Hollywood anecdotes and reminiscences that'll leave you dangling on the Vine.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1974
Publisher: Viking