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The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1939 Hardcover – 31 Jul 2005

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"Richly detailed...exhaustive filmography"--Big Reel -- In the Groove Magazine "In the Groove Magazine" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Edwin M. Bradley is the entertainment editor and film critic of The Flint (Michigan) Journal. He is also the author of The First Hollywood Musicals (2004). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I Wish it Were Better 20 July 2005
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I really enjoyed Mr. Bradley's previous book on the first sound musicals, but this one falls short. Not only is there not enough actual text, but there is no indication of the availability of these rare shorts. Mostly it is a list of the shorts themselves, with a one sentence synopsis, and a credit list. And the lists aren't in chronological order, they're featured alphabetically. Some of the photos have incomplete captions. For the cover photo he only identifies two of the actors featured, and in one glaring omission Mr. Bradley identifies an obscure band leader without mentioning the very young Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey who are clearly sitting on the bandstand. Nice try on this one, but I was largely unsatisfied. The third star is for the exhaustively researched filmography.
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