Dear friends and cinpatriots,
Here is a working bibliography of all of the materials I use for my blog. Since many of you ask where I get my information, I thought it was about time that I supplied a thorough answer. Bear in mind that I also watch a lot of DVD bonus features and documentaries, etc. so sometimes I catch a thing here or there on the small screen as well. Below I have highlighted the materials in yellow that I can confidently recommend to you. Those in red are more questionable-- either I learned after reading them that the author was not a trustworthy source of information, or the book is so old that it has long since been contradicted by more recent investigation. I hope it points you in a helpful direction in terms of your own research, and if you need any recommendations, I would be happy to oblige. Happy reading!
Angers, Kenneth. Hollywood Babylon. New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 1975.
Baker, Carroll. Baby Doll: An Autobiography. New York, NY: Arbor House, 1983.
Barham, Patte B. and Peter Harry Brown. Marilyn: The Last Take. New York, NY:
Bartlett, Donald L. and James B. Steele. Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness. New
York, NY: W. W. Norton and Co, 2004.
Basinger, Jeanine. Silent Stars. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2000.
Basinger, Jeanine. The Star Machine. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Bentley, Eric, ed. Thirty Years of Treason: Excerpts from Hearings Before the House
Committee on Un-American Activities 1938-1968. New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth
Press and Nation's Books, 2002.
Bernstein, Matthew, ed. Controlling Hollywood: Censorship and Regulation in the
Studio Era. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers State University Press, 1999.
Blake, Michael F. Lon Chaney: The Man Behind the Thousand Faces. Lanham, MD:
Vestal Press, 1993.
Blake, Michael F. The Films of Lon Chaney. Lanham, MD: Vestal Press, 2001.
Bogdanovich, Peter. The Killing of the Unicorn. New York, NY: William Morrow and
Company, Inc, 1984.
Brown, Kelly R. Florence Lawrence: The Biograph Girl- America's First Movie Star.
Bosworth, Patricia. Montgomery Clift. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Janovich, Inc,
Bret, David. Errol Flynn: Satan's Angel. London: Anova Books, 2000.
Buchthal, Stanley and Bernard Comment, eds. Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes,
Letters by Marilyn Monroe. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Callahan, Dan. Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman. Jackson, MS: The
University Press of Mississippi, 2012.
Callow, Simon. The Night of the Hunter. London: British Film Institute, 2000.
Callow, Simon. Orson Welles: Volume 2- Hello Americans. New York, NY: The Penguin
Callow, Simon. Orson Welles: Volume 1- The Road to Xanadu. New York, NY:
The Penguin Group, 1995.
Carter, Graydon, ed. Vanity Fair. May 2010.
Carter, Graydon, ed. Vanity Fair. June 2012.
Carter, Graydon, ed. Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood. New York, NY. Penguin Books,
Chandler, Charlotte. Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends. New
Chandler, Charlotte. Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography. New York, NY:
Simon and Schuster, 2011.
Chandler, Charlotte. Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford- A Personal Biography. New
Clarke, Gerald. Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. New York, NY: Dell Publishing,
Curtis, James. Spencer Tracy: A Biography. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Curtis, Tony w/ Mark A. Vieira. The Making of Some Like It Hot: My Memories of
Curtis, Tony w/ Peter Goldenbock. American Prince: A Memoir. New York, NY: Crown
Publishing Group, 2008.
Davies, Marion. Life with William Randolph Hearst: The Times We Had. New York, NY:
Ballantine Books, 1975.
Davis, Ronald L. Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream. Norman,
OK: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
David, Ronald L. William S. Hart: Projecting the American West. Norman, OK: The
University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
Douglas, Kirk. I Am Spartacus: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist. New York, NY:
Open Road, 2012
Drew, William M. D.W. Griffith's Intolerance: Its Genesis and Its Vision. Jefferson, NC:
McFarland and Co, Inc, 1986.
Edmonds, Andy. Frame Up! The Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. New York,
Edmonds, Andy. Hot Toddy: The True Story of Hollywood's Most Shocking Crime- The
Murder of Thelma Todd. New York, NY: Avon Books, 1989.
Ellenberger, Allan R. Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. Jefferson,
NC: McFarland and Co, Inc, 2001.
Elsasser, Thomas and Michael Wedel eds. The BFI Companion to German Cinema.
London: British Film Institute, 1999.
Emery, Robert J. The Directors: Take Four. New York, NY: Allworth Press, 2003.
Eyman, Scott. Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille. New York, NY:
Simon and Schuster, 2010.
Fagen, Herb. Duke, We're Glad We Knew You: John Wayne's Friends and Colleagues
Remember His Remarkable Life. New York, NY: Citadel Press, 2009.
Farmer, Frances. Will There Really Be a Morning?. New York, NY: Dell Publishing,
Farnham, Joseph and Waldemar Young. London After Midnight. Based on "The
Fleming, E.J. Carole Landis: A Tragic Life in Hollywood. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and
Co, Inc, 2005.
Fleming, E.J. The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity
Machine. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co, Inc. 2005.
Fleming, E.J. Paul Bern: The Life and Famous Death of the MGM Director and Husband
of Harlow. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co, Inc, 2009.
Fleming, E. J. Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol. Jefferson, NC:
Fountain, Leatrice Gilbert. Dark Star: The Untold Story of the Meteoric Rise and Fall
of Legendary Silent Screen Star John Gilbert. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press,
Fussell, Betty Harper. Mabel: Hollywood's First I-Don't-Care-Girl- The Life of Mabel
Normand. New York, NY: Proscenium Publishers, 1992.
Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies: Ninth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Prentice Hall, 2002.
Gilmore, John. Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder. Los Angeles, CA:
Amok Books, 1994.
Gomery, Douglas. The Hollywood Studio System: A History. London: The British Film
Gwinn, Alison, ed. Entertainment Weekly: The 100 Greatest Stars of All Time. New
Hake, Sabine. German National Cinema. London: Routledge, 2002.
Hart, William S. My Life East and West. North Stratford, NH: Ayer Company Publishers,
Hayes, Steve. Googies: Coffeeshop to the Stars, Volume I. Albany, GA: BearManor
Hepburn, Katharine. Me: Stories of My Life. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1991.
Higham, Charles. Sisters: The Story of Olivia De Havilland and Joan Fontaine. Toronto:
Hodel, Steve. Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story. New York, NY: Harper
Hodges, Graham Russell Gao. Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to
Jacobson, Laurie and Marc Wanamaker. Hollywood Haunted: A Ghostly Tour of
Filmland. Santa Monica, CA: Angel City Press, 1999.
Kanfer, Stefan. Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball. New York,
NY: Vintage Books, 2003.
Kazanjian, Howard and Chris Enss. The Young Duke: The Early Life of John Wayne.
Guilford, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Kinn, Gail and Jim Piazza. Four-Star Movies: The 101 Greatest Films of All Time. New
Kirkpatrick, Sidney. A Cast of Killers: The Twentieth Anniversary Edition. North
Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing, 2007.
Kobal, John, ed. Movie Star Portraits of the Forties: 163 Glamor Photos. New York, NY:
Dover Publications, Inc, 1977.
Lake, Veronica w/ Donald Bain. Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake. New
Landis, Carole. Four Jills in a Jeep. Cleveland, OH: The World Publishing Company,
LaSalle, Mick. Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood. New
York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2000.
LaSalle, Mick. Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man.
Lawrence, Barry C. In Search of River Phoenix: The Truth Behind the Myth. Santa
Rosa, CA: Wordsworth Publishing, 2004.
Leaming, Barbara. Bette Davis. New York, NY: Cooper Square Press, 2003.
Leaming, Barbara. If This Was Happiness: A Biography of Rita Hayworth. New York,
NY: Viking Penguin, 1989.
Leider, Emily W. Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino. New York, NY:
Lynch, David. Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity.
Lynn, Kenneth S. Charlie Chaplin and His Times. New York, NY: Cooper Square
McCabe, John. Cagney. New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. 1999.
McLean, Adrienne. Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom.
Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005.
McPherson, Edward. Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat. New York, NY: Newmarket
Maltin, Leonard, ed. Leonard Maltin's 2010 Movie Guide. New York, NY: The Penguin
Mank, Gregory William with Charles Heard and Bill Nelson. Hollywood's Hellfire Club:
The Misadventures of John Barrymore, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn and 'The Bundy
Drive Boys.' Los Angeles, CA: Feral House, 2007.
Mann, William J. Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's
First Openly Gay Star. New York, NY: The Penguin Group, 1998.
Martin, Steve. Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. New York, NY: 40 Share
Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing, 1996.
Marx, Samuel and Joyce Vanderveen. Deadly Illusions: Jean Harlow and the Murder
Matzen, Robert and Michael Mazzone. Errol Flynn Slept Here: The Flynns, the
Hamblens, Ricky Nelson, and the Most Notorious House in Hollywood. Pittsburgh,
PA: Goodnight Books, 2009.
Meyers, Jeffrey. Gary Cooper: American Hero. New York, NY: Cooper Square Press,
Milano, Roy. Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios. New York,
NY: Del Rey Books, 2006.
Miller, Frank. Leading Couples: The Most Unforgettable Screen Romances of the
Miller, Frank. Leading Ladies: The Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era.
San Francisco, CA: Chronical Books, 2006.
Miller, Frank. Leading Men: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era. San
Francisco, CA: Chronical Books, 2006.
Musser, Charles. The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907. Los
Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1990.
Nollen, Scott Allen. Boris Karloff: A Gentleman's Life. Arlington, VA: Midnight Marquee
Ogden, Tom. Haunted Hollywood: Tinseltown Terrors, Filmdom Phantoms, and
Movieland Mayhem. Guilford, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Oller, John. Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew. New York, NY: Proscenium
Pacios, Mary. Childhood Shadows: The Hidden Story of the Black Dahlia Murder.
Bloomington, IN: Author House, 2007.
Paris, Barry. Audrey Hepbun. New York, NY: The Berkley Publishing Group, 1996.
Paris, Barry. Garbo. Minneapolis, MN: The University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Paris, Barry. Louise Brooks: A Biography. Minneapolis, MN: The University of
Minnesota Press, 2000.
Prats, Armando Jose. Invisible Natives: Myth and Identity in the American Western.
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002.
Roberts, Randy and James S. Olson. John Wayne: American. New York, NY: Simon
and Schuster Press, 1995.
Robinson, David. Chaplin: His Life and Art. New York, NY: De Capo Press, 1994.
Rogers, Ginger. Ginger: My Story. Norwalk, CT: The Eaton Press, 1991.
St. Johns, Adela Rogers. Love, Laughter and Tears: My Hollywood Story. New York, NY:
Signet Books, 1978.
Schultz, Margie. Ann Sheridan: A Bio-Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press,
Selsman, Michael. All Is Vanity: Memoirs of a Hollywood Operative. Los Angeles, CA:
New World Digital Publishing, 2009.
Server, Lee. Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Server, Lee. Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I don't Care." New York, NY: St. Martin's Press,
Shulman, Irving. Harlow: An Intimate Biography. New York, NY. Dell Publishing, 1964.
Skaerved, Malene Sheppard. Dietrich. London: House Publishing, 2003.
Spoto, Donald. High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly. New York, NY: Harmony Books,
Spoto, Donald. Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press,
Spoto, Donald. Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies. New
Stahl, Jerry. I, Fatty: A Novel. New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2004.
Stapleton, Maureen and Jane Scovell. One Helluva Life. New York, NY:
Simon and Schuster, 1995.
Stenn, David. Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow. New York, NY:
Lightning Bug Press, 2000.
Stenn, David. Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild. New York, NY: Cooper Square Press, 2000.
Sullivan, Robert, ed. LIFE in Hollywood: 75 Years of the Academy Awards. New York,
Taraborrelli, J. Randy. Elizabeth. New York, NY. Rose Books Inc, 2006.
Taraborrelli, J. Randy. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. New York, NY: Grand
Central Publishing, 2010.
Thomas, David. "Have You Seen...?": A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films. New
Thomas, Tony. Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was. New York, NY: Carol
Tornabene, Lyn. Long Live the King. New York, NY: Putnam, 1076.
Triana-Toribio, Nuria. Spanish National Cinema. London: Routledge, 2003.
Vance, Jeffrey. Douglas Fairbanks. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press,
Vogel, Michelle. Olive Thomas: The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty. Jefferson,
NC: McFarland & Co, Inc, 2007.
Walker, Alexander. Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh. London: George Weidenfeld and
Nicolson, Ltd, 1987.
Washburn, Barbara. Chasing Carole. Barbara Washburn, 2008.
Watts, Jill. Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood. New York, NY: Harper
Collins Publishers, 2005.
Whitfield, Eileen. Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. Lexington, KY:
University Press, 2007.
Wiles, Buster w/ William Donati. My Days with Errol Flynn. Santa Monica, CA:
Wolfe, Donald H. The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul, and the Murder That
Transfixed Los Angeles. NewYork, NY. HarperCollins, 2005.
Wolfe, Donald H. The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe. New York, NY: William
Morrow and Co, Inc, 1998.