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  • Hardcover: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; New edition edition (1 Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810825791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810825796
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,375,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Sanders was born in St Petersburg in 1906. He left Russia in 1917 with his family, who settled in England and had George educated at Bedales and Brighton College.

He made his British film debut in 1929, but it was in 1930’s Hollywood that he honed his distinctive, charming-yet-dangerous screen persona – the quintessential cad. Sanders co-starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent (both 1940), and went on to win an Academy Award for his signature role, that of Addison DeWitt in All About Eve (1950). He continued to work in films up until the year of his death in 1972.

In the 1940’s, Sanders’ film-star status was the impetus for his two crime novels, both featuring recognizably Sanders-esque heroes: Crime on My Hands (1944) and Stranger at Home (1946). In 1960 came a third book: his autobiography, fittingly titled Memoirs of A Professional Cad in which the line between fiction and fact is blurred even more convincingly – and wittily – than in the novels. All three works are available as ebooks from Dean Street Press.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.S. on 10 Mar. 2015
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As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down! I finished it in one day. George Sanders had such an intelligent and humorous way of writing. By the end of the book, I felt as if I had known George personally as a friend. George offers a down-to-earth and surprisingly humble insight into his early life, his marriages and of course, his career as a "professional cad". I would definitely recommend this not only to his fans, but to anyone - it's a genuinely entertaining read with some great one-liners.

I bought my book from Amazon itself and was best pleased with the product - a lovely cover design and a great price. 5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on 21 Mar. 2015
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Having tried to gain a copy of this book, for many years I was not disappointed, in the biography of one of Hollywood's most flamboyant stars, who specialised in playing villians in his many screen roles, and off screen was a first class cad as the title suggests. A great read with so many amusing stories from this screen legend and womaniser.
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What a Poisionality! 4 Sept. 2001
By A. Gochis - Published on
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"All About Eve", "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir", "The Black Swan", "The Portrait of Dorian Gray", "Rebecca" ... every time I saw these movies I would revel in George Sanders' performances. I had a hunch that there was much more to the man than met the eye. The introduction and filmography tells you everything you need to know about this talented, tortured man. The priceless segment was his autobiography; hearing his intelligent, sarcastic voice once again making hilarious observations about the world around him. However, one note about the dust cover art: with all the respect given him in the book I thought decorating the book with a martini glass and strewn pills in bad taste.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining, witty, biography fans will LOVE it! 31 Oct. 1997
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In 1979 I read 'A Dreadful Man' by Brian Aherne, and fell in love with that book. I searched 17 years to find this book, out-of-print because it was written in the 60's. This summer AMAZON Books sent me what is now my #1 favorite auto-biography. Mr. Sanders should have been an author of more than just this one book. Don't waste your time reading biographies written about him, Of course that doesn't include "A Dreadful Man". He is much more interesting than anything that could be said about him. I am adding this book to my list of books that I won't loan out. Every bookseller that I met who had read this book, said they can't keep it in stock. Don't lose this opportunity to get it through the only place on earth that has it available. Buy it now! I plan to re-read annually and just fantasize about what it would be like to be able to write one sentence like him.
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Sanders was one of my all time favorite actors. Not because he was overwhelmingly great at ... 21 Mar. 2015
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Sanders was one of my all time favorite actors. Not because he was overwhelmingly great at playing someone else, but, he was consistent at playing himself. His intelligence comes though in his roles. This book Memoirs of A Professional Cad- is a great map of how he developed that cynical, almost removed detachment of being able to read people as they unveiled who they were. As the audience loved or hated the character, Sanders was your voice of what you were thinking ALMOST EXACTLY what you were thinking. I, obviously didn't know him in real life and I have heard that he was not a really nice person, but, this book is a good reminder of how intelligently a person can write about themselves, reveal not much about yourself and still manage to make people engaged in who they think you are! It is a great, fast and entertaining read.
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A geat read 16 Jun. 2009
By K. Stawpert - Published on
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Like the other 2 reviews I too scoured the globe for a copy, its VERY hard to get hold of and fetches quite a price on the open market. George doesnt let his guard down very often in the book which is a shame as I feel he may have been a far more compassionate person than hes made out to be. It's not a auto-biography in the real sense but observations of people and the world around him. His master of the enlgish language is outstanding and he should have written more about himself. But I think he was a very private, shy man who kept things very close to his chest. I also have 'A dreadful man' which is a fantastic book, one which I read frequently and will treasure. This book realy does give you a peep into, who the real Sanders truely was.... an extremely talented and very exceptional person indeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating read by one of the most fascinating characters in Hollywood history 2 April 2015
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This book is frankly hysterically funny in parts. There were a few times that I just put it down and laughed out loud before I picked it up again to continue reading. The humor is derived from cynical and witty descriptions of people, events, and attitudes. The book is most definitely NOT an autobiography, but rather a series of essays on topics that may or may not be related to Mr. Sanders' fascinating life. In fact, he sometimes contradicts himself in his own characterizations. In what is likely a parallel to his own life, sometimes in this book he drops his 'mask' of cynical codger and reveals deeper, sensitive emotions. While I enjoyed the book immensely I came away a bit sad. Here was a man of supreme intelligence who struggled mightily his whole life with his self-conception, ego, personal relationships, and relationship with career, and one who it is obvious really never attained more than fleeting periods of happiness and contentment. Some of that does come out in this memoir. But his gift to us, through his acting career and his book, is consummate entertainment value. That is certainly not missing here. Give it a try.
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