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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Hollywood portrait is achieved by interrelating the many aspects of actor- producer Rex Godwin, a great who had known failure in the '30's, and, after a tremendous comback, is again almost broke at the testimonial dinner which frames the memories and stories of those in his life. The episodes involve Josh Cane, his director; Rex's wife Lisa, his son, ezic; Craig Hamilton, discovered by Godwin and starred, is also discovered as an unpleasant hypoe; the writer Robin Kalish who broke away from Rex but has returned to help the current climb back to making pictures; Tiger Treadwell, his secretary, who alone is loyal; the waiter Kopak whose story had been stolen and who is ready for revenge; the women,- Lotte who was destroyed by sound and Tina who was out manoeuvered by Lisa's fluctuations about a divorce; Rockland, who represents Eastern finance and who is at last convinced that Rex is a worthwhile bet. Gathering for the dinner, waiting out the speeches, here is the recall of a man, bombastic, insatiable, powerful, wrecking lives -- and dedicated to making pictures, against the changing Hollywood background. For the avid.

Pub Date: March 6th, 1961
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill