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The Debonairs.

James Robert Parish and Don E. Stanke .

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ISBN 10: 0870002937 / ISBN 13: 9780870002939
Published by Arlington House, New Rochelle, NY, 1975
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First Edition, unstated. Very Good in Very Good DJ: Both book and DJ show indications of moderate use. The Book shows light wear along the bottom edge due to shelving; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean.The DJ shows mild rubbing and faint soiling; light wear to extremities; a short, closed tear and a resultant crease across the very top edge of the front panel; price intact; mylar-protected. Overall, remains structurally sound and tightly bound, showing only a little wear in a like DJ. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. Large Format 4to. 511pp. Edited by T. Allan Taylor. Introduction by Earl Anderson. Hardback with DJ. This series of books dealing with films and stars of the Golden period of Hollywood are absolutely indispensible for movie buffs. Anyone old enough to remember the old (now defunct) film magazine, ''Films in Review'', will recall the magazine's monthly career article on stars which covered their films in detail. The article was followed by a filmography and many photos. The Debonairs is in similar vein. It covers the careers of actors who appeared in sophisticated roles and played debonair and witty characters (amongst other varied roles) - stars like George Brent, Melvyn Douglas, Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, Ray Milland, Robert Montgomery, David Niven and William Powell. The great thing about this book is that all of the stars' films are covered in detail along with details about their personal lives (each chapter is like a mini book). At the end is a detailed filmography and a section on photos. Bookseller Inventory # 43503

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Title: The Debonairs.

Publisher: Arlington House, New Rochelle, NY

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition, unstated.

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Part of the Encore Film Book Classics series, this is a reprint of the original text to The Debonairs by James Robert Parish and Don E. Stanke. Things came easy to him: money, adventure, women. But he did make things easier for lady luck, thanks to his ingenuity, wit, and refined behavior. He enjoyed his success in opulent surroundings, wearing tasteful, expensive, perfect clothing like a second skin. He was the screen’s Debonair—a rather specialized model from Hollywood’s Golden Age. You can still see the likes of him in old movies. The Debonairs probes the intriguing lives of eight leading men of the bygone Tinseltown era; screen stars who most perfectly defined the Debonair manner, morality, and method. Their impressive careers, many major films, colorful lives, and memorable personalities emerge in vivid detail: RAY MILLAND—The quick smile, the easy disposition (and something deeper as displayed in The Lost Weekend) . . . ROBERT MONTGOMERY—Smooth and smart, he was the All-American sophisticate . . . DAVID NIVEN—Lighthearted enthusiasm almost hid the quiet courage of a gentleman . . . WILLIAM POWELL—Suave as silk, he could play a martini-guzzling detective or a bellowing head of the household with equal aplomb . . . GEORGE BRENT—Tough hero (in real life as well) turned light romantic lead . . . MELVYN DOUGLAS—So elegant he must have been born in a dinner jacket . . . REX HARRISON—His greatest professional problem was that he made it all look so easy . . . CARY GRANT—Larcenous or courtly, but always stylish. Whether aristocratic by birth or by training, the Debonair was always the gentleman—even when he was a cad. He made evening clothes respectable, a shoeshine necessary, gallantry indispensible. He flourished during the grim Depression. Now the dapper Debonairs stroll again in this book which contains hundreds of casts and credits of the subjects, pertinent critical judgments, contemporary reviews, and dimensional biographical studies of these gallants and their contemporaries (including the women in their lives). For all time, The Debonairs deftly captures this specialized type of sophisticated screen leading man as we love to remember them: impeccably tailored, unobtrusively rakish, sly, dry—and charming even when they aren’t half trying.

About the Author:

JAMES ROBERT PARISH, a former entertainment reporter, publicist, and book series editor, is the author of many published major biographies and reference books on the entertainment industry including Whitney Houston: We Will Always Love You; The Hollywood Book of Extravagance; It’s Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks; The Hollywood Book of Breakups; Fiascos: Hollywood’s Iconic Flops; The Hollywood Book of Scandals; The Hollywood Book of Love; Hollywood Divas; Jet Li; Hollywood Bad Boys; The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood; The Hollywood Book of Death; Gus Van Sant; Whoopi Goldberg; Rosie O’Donnell’s Story; The Unofficial “Murder, She Wrote” Casebook; Today’s Black Hollywood; Let’s Talk! America’s Favorite TV Talk Show Hosts; Prison Pictures from Hollywood; Prostitution in Hollywood Films; The Great Cop Pictures; Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films; Pirates and Seafaring Swashbucklers on the Hollywood Screen; Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema; Hollywood’s Great Love Teams; and The Fox Girls. Mr. Parish is a frequent oncamera interviewee on cable and network TV for documentaries on the performing arts. The author resides in Studio City, California. DON E. STANKE, who lived in northern California and is now deceased, interviewed more than 30 film and stage personalities, and his articles about these luminaries appeared in motion picture journals from coast to coast. He collaborated with James Robert Parish on several books.

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