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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (1 May 2013)
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As a lawyer and a film fan I was doubly interested in reading this book.I understand the pressures he worked under.Hr relaxed by dating Oscar winning stars,i by going to watch arsenal.Bearing in mind the problems he had particularly with Joan Crtawford I think that I had better luck!.He seems a very intense driven man who turned to alchohol for a number of reasons and would not admit his problem.This must have made him a very difficult person to be with on a personal or professional level.The best part of the book is the first half which concentrated more on him.From the 1950s onwards it seems just as much about Bautzer as it is about him.Since we have all read about Howard hughes much of this part of the book seems like reading very familiar information.Written by a lawyer this is an interesting insight into the social and legal side of Hollywood life in its golden era.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Warburton on 23 Jun. 2013
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A very well researched Biography on one of Hollywood's most influential movers and shakers.

Bautzer led a fascinating and hugely interesting life.

Highly recommended.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Untold Hollywood Story 1 May 2013
By Zantigar - Published on
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Aside from it being the first biography of this phenomenal career, "The Man Who Seduced Hollywood" makes for quite a lively, captivating read. It's as if Bautzer were the Citizen Kane of entertainment lawyers, complete with nightclub dancing and studio takeovers. Mr. Gladstone makes legal cases of the stars accessible to the reader, revealing the emotional drives behind the proceedings - including everything from Ingrid Bergman's lengthy divorce to Kerkorian's takeover of MGM. Superbly done! Written in a clear and enjoyable style, it also works like a time machine, bringing us back to the heyday of Hollywood glamour and revealing the juicy facts we all love to know. From The Brown Derby to the Café Trocadero, Mr. Gladstone vividly transports us to the Golden Age of Hollywood, whisking us to the tables and dance floors of such legends as Lana Turner and Joan Crawford. The beautiful photo section of Bautzer with what seems like half of Hollywood's finest only clinches the deal. For all those who want to know the untold story of how the wheels of Hollywood were moved, I highly recommend "The Man Who Seduced Hollywood".
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A must for anyone interested in behind-the-scenes Hollywood History 13 May 2013
By R. Gale - Published on
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Actually, this might better be described as a Behind Behind-The-Scenes Hollywood history. We know about the men who ran the studios, but we don't know much about the men who advised them. This book provides a fascinating look at someone with whom I was unfamiliar, but who had his hand in an amazing number of high profile deals, and had another appendage in an amazing number of gorgeous movie stars. This was a man who screwed a lot of his female clients and they thoroughly enjoyed it! The book covers deal making, divorces, organized crime in Hollywood, and Howard Hughes (among other things), and is full of juicy and often unbelievable anecdotes involving Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, Ingrid Bergman and Bugsy Siegel, to name just a few. Business will never be done this way again, and this gives us a compelling look at the way it was. Highly recommended!
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Business as Pleasure: A wonderful romp through Hollywood history 13 May 2013
By David O. Neuschulz - Published on
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This is a captivating tale of a man whose rise as a film industry power-broker nearly matches the trajectory of the Golden Age of Hollywood itself. Gladstone does a marvelous job bringing Bautzer to life in the context of a whole panoply of well-known Hollywood stars and elite. Indeed, within the industry, no distinction was made between Bautzer and the stars he represented and bedded; Bautzer was unquestionable A-List in Tinseltown. But the magic of the book is the magic of Bautzer himself, a man of dynamic charisma and self-destructive inner demons. Gladstone illuminates the ineffable way in which charisma sets the course of Bautzer's career, as well as the way in which seemingly opposite personality traits can coexist in a single person. Even more so, the author should be commended for not simply presenting a tale of schadenfreude (we've all read "Oh, look how all that glitz and glamor merely plastered over a seedy, gritty underbelly!" before), but really presents the industry as it was (and is), a series of interlocking, sometimes rational, sometimes irrational relationships. This little gem is, in its own way, the best precis of the Golden Age of Hollywood to come out in years!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Superb biography of a Hollywood legend! 26 Jun. 2013
By StellaStar - Published on
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Whoever takes a serious interest in old Hollywood and starts exploring the web will, sooner or later, stumble upon the name of Greg Bautzer. The more you explore, the more and more the name pops up at the most unexpected of places. Greg Bautzer, Greg Bautzer. Why, you ask? He was, in a nutshell, the lawyer to the stars. His power in Hollywood was huge, and his reach was wide and his mark was deep.
This was a man who helped create Tinsel Town as we know it today.
Yet, why do more than 95% of the movie going public, who know who Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Charles Chaplin, Kate Hepburn (and so on) are, have no clue who Bautzer is?
Despite his obvious merits, Bautzer is not well known today.
The problem with him is that all info you can gather online puts him in a secondary role - he was either Howard Hughes' close associate, or Joan Crawford's boyfriend, Lana Turner's fiancée, Ingrid Bergman's lawyer, and the list goes on. It is an impressive one, speaking of a colossal figure, but the fact remains - Bautzer is always the marginal one, the less distinguished of the two names.

For this reason, I was very much surprised when Bautzer's biography surfaced. Never in a thousand years did I expect that, of all the neglected Golden Era Hollywood personalities (and that's a long list!), he would be one of the few selected to get his own book.
Mister Gladstone, the author, made a great choice. Bautzer was both a active player and spectator during many a hours that shaped Hollywood. His unique position - always there but never in the focus, makes him a wonderful subject for a biography, albeit not an easy one to write. Mister Gladstone strikes gold in this unenviable, gargantuan task that after all the heavy loads carried, reaps its own sweet reward.

Bautzer was a man of great complexity and extremes.
On the one hand, he was - as a true Tinsel Town resident - often a shallow and superficial man. Examples: dating several women at the same time - being a sucker for keeping up appearances, egoistical and a hedonist who liked to drink.
On the other hand, he was a genius lawyer, intellectually sharp, immensely charismatic - and most important of all - loyal and devoted to the very end to his friends and family.

Both sides are well presented and balanced in the book - I got a feeling of knowing so much about the man - not just the facts and dates, but HIM, his core and personality. Now comes the "biggest" ingenuity of the book (the very thing that puts it in a five star category - not an easy category to reach) - how much it is written in "Bautzer style".
Let me elaborate: while a familiarity develops towards Greg during reading, I never "felt" for him. Before you think this is a bad thing, I will say this: Bautzer was not a meek and overly emphatic man and this is exactly how he would have done it. Never in the book did I ache for him or shared his pain (as I did in some of the other biographiesI read in the past) - always he came off as an almost larger-than-life force, an intimidating ball of fire set on burning all hindrances and obstacles. There is no false sentimentality and things are made swiftly and to-the-point. Nothing sappy and lovely-dovely to find here. This way to go through life is both a blessing and a curse - it made him a powerhouse but also an emotional cripple. But that was just the way he was, and I accepted him as such. Pure genius from Mister Gladstone.

A warm recommendation to anyone interested in the golden age of Hollywood, a well written biography that gives a "second life" to a true Hollywood legend.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Hollywood of Old 27 Jun. 2013
By Loretta Stromberg - Published on
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As a youth during the glamour days of Hollywood I was aware of the lawyer who dated the young starlets. Those were the times all of us teenagers dreamed of being rich movie stars. Lana Turner was like Cinderella only real.
This book tells all that was behind all the glitz and glam. All the gauze curtains were pulled away and the wizard was revealed. This was one of my favorite books I read, I read 64 that year. If the golden days of Hollywood intrigue you then you'll enjoy this book.
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