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Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood 0th , Kindle Edition
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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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I’m not usually drawn to villains, but in movies such as The Match King, Skyscraper Souls and Employees’ Entrance, he was mesmerizing as a cold and sleazy businessman. In movies such as Cleopatra, The Man in the Iron Mask and Imitation of Life, he was bland and forgettable. He was good as Perry Mason when he had strong writing, but his appearances as The Lone Wolf, where the writing was sometimes tepid, were sometimes uncomfortable.
So who was the man behind these characters? Not just a pretty face. He was fascinating. He was intelligent, an inventor, ambitious, athletic, and full of energy. He was happily married and he enjoyed life. He seems to have been quite decent and likeable. He had good taste – he often wore his own clothes in movies, and he was usually beautifully dressed.
The author does a good job of telling William’s story. The writing is marred, however, by the author’s juvenile attitude toward women. William got along very well with women, including his costars, and was very happily married for many years. For some reason, the author feels the need to repeatedly apologize and justify this, as if it were a shortcoming on William’s part. The author also blames William’s limits as an actor on his female costars, as if it were their fault his performances were sometimes weak. The author seems to have a personal grudge against Bette Davis, whom he viciously attacks more than once. Compared to Warren Williams’ maturity and strength, the author comes across as immature. He should not have let his personal problems interfere with the telling of Williams' story. Other than that, it’s an interesting and entertaining book about a very interesting and entertaining fellow.
Links to the reviews: THE LONE WOLF MEETS A LADY,COUNTER-ESPIONAGE,PASSPORT TO SUEZ,PERRY MASON MYSTERIES: The Original Warner Bros. Movies Collection
Warren William. As it turns out, I had in fact only just seen him due to recent showings of his Pre-Code films on Turner Classic Movies, and while some of those from the early 1930’s had seem dated indeed, Warren William leapt out of each with suave/deranged glee and energy, what a face, what a voice of mid-Atlantic diction. Seen him, but not heard of him. I bought the book on Kindle based on the cover photo –aha, the guy I’d just seen on TCM -- and the great reviews. I also recommend it to others.
Since William blazed into top stardom and then gradually declined in celebrity and health, this is in some ways a sad tale redeemed by the fact that its subject did not lead a tortured sad personal life, also, let’s be honest, something that would set it apart from many movie star lives and their subsequent bios.
If this were just a well written show biz tale, it could be recommended just on that level. But author Strangeland has done much more than produce a good read. With passion he resurrects a lost treasure, lost moments in the history of American film, and will not allow Warren William to be forgotten.
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