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I BLOW MY OWN BORN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another cinematic career story this follows the course of the flickers from their suspect, unrespectable days to their current position as an art, a business and an industry. Lasky tells of his childhood when playing his cornet led him to medicine shows and band appearances; of his attempts to increase the family fortunes, after his father's death, with unsuccessful ventures in small enterprises, mining gold in Alaska, hunting a rainbow in Hawaii. The cornet brought him back to vaudeville, to managing other acts and producing, to getting in the big time with talent -- and then there was the new gamble of pictures that moved -- and sold. From the East to the West coasts, from the incognito appearances of stars to the starring of incognitos, from the apathy of first audiences to the growing followings of the one, two reelers- and the lengthy spectaculars, from the filming of books to the special scripts and back to books again, from silent to talking and from small to vast screens- it's all here, including the complicated shifting of companies, financial dealings, bookings and theater chains, in most good natured recall. Loaded with anecdotes, personal feelings and contributions this should provide plenty of reminiscences for those who have followed the course of this medium.

Publisher: Doubleday