MOVIE ANECDOTES by Peter Hay

MOVIE ANECDOTES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another enjoyable collection from anecdote-archivist Hay (All the Presidents' Ladies: Anecdotes of the Women Behind the Men in the White House, 1988). Here, Hay shuffles hundreds of filmmaking anecdotes into 24 ragged categories that he tags with often painfully cute labels (""Real to Reel,"" ""Cunning Linguists,"" etc.). The stories themselves, mostly funny but some ironic or sad (Alec Guinness warning James Dean not to speed in that new silver sportscar), range from one-liners to full-fledged stories and as a rule reveal film folk as the eccentrics many believe them to be (e.g., Julie Andrews, wishing to shed her wholesome image, wearing a button that read ""Mary Poppins is a Junkie""). Perhaps the ripest material here is the extensive file of Goldwynisms, those famed malapropisms uttered by producer Sam Goldwyn: ""Of [one] of his productions he declared, 'It will create an excitement that will sweep the country like wildflowers.'"" So: light, browse-able entertainment, energetically dug out but put together with little subtlety.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 0195045955
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press