Title: Straight Shooting (SIGNED To Joan)
Publisher: Macmillan; New York
Publication Date: 1980
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Macmillan; New York. 1980. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER--coral on beige cloth-- in FINE Condition in FINE unclipped Dustjacket. INSCRIBED on title page: "To Joan-- All the best-- Robert Stack 3/25/80" otherwise INTERIOR PRISTINE: clean, tight, bright, an unread copy. Carefully shipped in secure parcel. Bookseller Inventory # 509745
Synopsis: Straight Shooting is a wry, amusing, affectionate look at Hollywood over the years - the public drama and private feuds, the tyrannical reigns of the big studio bosses, the larger-than-life exploits of the big male stars - and what it was like to be part of that world. Stack is renowned for his Emmy Award-winning performance in TV's "The Untouchables" and for films like "The High and the Mighty" and "Written on the Wind". Less well known are the other roles this hard-working actor excelled in over the years: son, husband, father, friend to some of Hollywood's most admired stars, and a consummate sportsman especially skilled in skeet shooting -- National Skeet Shooting Champion at seventeen and a member of the Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame. Stack was the son of a dazzling California socialite and an advertising giant (the man responsible for slogans like "The beer that made Milwaukee famous"). Among their friends, the elder Stacks numbered many well-known Hollywood personalities - lovingly described by the actor as he remembers them from his adolescent years. Each step in Stack's career brought him in contact with fascinating people who became legends -- story after story rolls by, each more memorable than the last, told with unceasing admiration for the personal style these stars projected and the often profound effect many of them had upon Stack's life. "The Untouchables" years are depicted with wonderful candor as Stack recalls many fine co-stars and hilarious behind-the-scenes episodes. In addition there are cameo appearances by luminaries Ernst Lubitsch, Betty Grable, W.C. Fields, the Ritz Brothers, Joe Pasternak, "Archie Bunker", and Lauren Bacall, to make this a rich, engrossing reading experience. Straight Shooting is filled with good feeling, friendship, and a sense of a job well done - as was Stack's own career and life. Through it all, Robert Stack emerges on target, a straight-shooter in every sense of the word.
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