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Warren William

Warren William [Kindle Edition]

John Stangeland
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On the motion picture screen, Hollywood star Warren William (1894-1948) was a magnificent rogue, often deliciously immoral and utterly callous, yet remarkably likable in his wickedness. Off-screen, the actor was as humble and retiring as his film characters were mean and heartless. This biography examines William's life and career in detail, from his rural Minnesota roots through his service in World War I, his Broadway stage success, and his meteoric rise and gradual fall from Hollywood fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Also analyzed are his film persona and the curious mechanisms by which our culture "selects" certain film personalities to remember and others to forget. Featured is a wealth of biographical material never before available, including rare candid photos of William's early years. Interviews with his surviving nieces provide intimate family details and personal remembrances.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8073 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (28 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066B7P0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Actor From The Thirties 18 Jun 2011
By Wingate
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Warren William was a leading player on Broadway in the 20s and a star at Warners from the early to mid thirties.He died very young and has all but been forgotten.The crunch time for William seems to be the mid thirties.The moption picture code was more strictly enforced from July 1934 so his type of role was watered down.He also according to the author made some bad career moves and choice of films.However it should be pointed out that in 1934 William was 40 and by 1936 he had been at the top for 5 years which was about average for a star at that time.
The author has done an excellant job to avoid this looking to much like a scissor and paste job.After all we have to remember that it is unlikely that there are many people who either worked with him or knew him still alive bearing in mind he died in 1948.He has however interviewed nieces who not only provide interesting anecdotes but some informal photos.If you are interested in the actor or Hollywood in the 30s this is well worth buying notwithstanding the fact that this is rather expensive for a paperback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completes the Story on a very Tough Subject 15 Nov 2010
By Clifford J. Aliperti - Published on
This is an actor I've done quite a bit of research about myself--I've had to, I started a website in his honor in 2007. As I've said in my review of this title over there, Stangeland has taken a story that I'd figured out the outline for and he colored in that outline better than I believed ever possible. While he talks about all of the films to some degree this title is biography and through surviving nieces of the actor the author has discovered information about William's early days that I never thought would be found: his childhood in Minnesota, his days in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, his World War I service, etc. William's stage career is covered as is, of course, his film career. Stangeland also arrives at the likely solution of why William left Warner Brothers and why his career didn't recover to pre-code heights once he did. I am certainly biased due to my appreciation of the subject material, but I read a lot of film biographies covering stars from this period and I haven't enjoyed one like this in awhile. As much as I might be easy to please on this subject I think I probably would also be one of the most difficult to please, but I absolutely loved this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love That Man 29 Dec 2010
By G.I Gurdjieff - Published on
As a fan of Warren William, I knew I was going to like this book. However, I don't just like this book, I love it. Despite the hefty pricetag for what essentially is a nicely done paperback, this was one of the best investments I've made this year.
Author John Strangeland has managed, through a lot of hard work and persistance, to provide Warren William fans with a comprehensive biography that covers not only WW's film career but his stage career as well. While I knew WW was a inventor and liked tinkering in his workshop, this book is crammed with information about his family, growing up years in Minnesota, his only marriage to a woman who was 17 years his senior, his interest in farming, his love of sailing, as well as his fascination for developing solutions for day-to-day problems.
Strangeland also looks into William's career and offers insights into his inability to become an A list leading man and as to why his career tanked during the '40's. I particularly liked Strangeland's critical and perceptive analysis of his movie roles.
This book is a must-have for any fan of Warren William or anyone who is interested in the contract players at Warner Brothers in the 1930's. Not only does it explain in great detail the appeal of Warren William (one of filmdom's most agreeable rascals), but it also provides a great look at the Hollywood studio system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent, literary,archeological masterpiece found!!! 17 Dec 2010
By Mellen - Published on
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This is a beautifully composed, richly detailed examination of an actor truly before his time. John Stangeland has unearthed a treasure chest of photographs and detailed information about Warren William that truly demonstrated a labor of passion and inspiration. The intelligent writing is even felt in the thought-filled dedication at the very beginning of this book. John Stangeland 'had me'after reading the dedication, seeing the list of acknowledged contributors and noting a 5 page, double-sided bibliography.It is very clear to read the exhaustative efforts spent to ensure the reader had an equally initimate look into Warren William as the author. It is a wonderful read and highly recommended. This book truly made me wonder if any of our current movie stars could be the man Warren Williams was (especially now that their lives can be seen on YouTube and camera phones.) Mr. Stangeland... I love the way you composed your words and tone: I want more!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Magnificent Scoundrel Was Really A Magnificent Gentleman.....!!!" 21 Nov 2012
By John H. McCarthy - Published on
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I can't add much more than Clifford J. Aliperti did in his review. On one of MY many searches over the years for info on this sadly forgotten great thespian, I also ran across Mr. Aliperti's great tribute site. I've also authored a Listmania! run-down on all of Warren's available films on this site, check it out! You can access it by clicking on my name above which will lead you to my profile. I have also reviewed the three currently available legitimate LONE WOLF DVD's, and the new PERRY MASON set. Unfortunately some of my reviews are on my seller's account, but can be accessed below. I have an interesting antidote regarding Warren's side career as an inventor. One day years ago on American Movie Classics (AMC) before they went commercial and were the template for Turner Classic Movies, they showed a Technicolor Paramount "short-subject" about Warren and his inventions between movies. I wish I had been taping at the time, it was in perfect condition, and not only showed Warren relaxed and showing off his latest inventions, it was a rare chance to see him in glorious Technicolor! If any collector out there has a copy, please contact me......

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5.0 out of 5 stars Warren William story 2 Jun 2012
By cocoa - Published on
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What a fantastic book! I discovered Warren William watching him in old Lone Wolf movies and became intrigued. He reminded me of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock and had to know more about him. This was a nice story of a nice person and great insight into the movie industry back in 30's and 40's. The author did a great presentation and it was one of those books you couldn't put down.
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