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by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 18th, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
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Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

I think that the photos and films from Classic Hollywood represent a period in our society when we aimed for the stars and not for the gutter. The world has always been an ugly place in so many ways. However, this period in Hollywood focused (for the most part) on the good and decent and ignored the...
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 18th, 2017, 1:02 am
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

The promotion of movies, like everything, is constantly changing. The enemy of the movies(TV) became the best way to promote a new release. Movie going is now so different from the period presented in Hollywood at Play. For decades, 60% of the US population went to the movies every week. Now, it is ...
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 17th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

The cover of the book was decided by the publisher.

I like it but would have preferred a composite cover with several of the subjects in the book juxtaposed together.

I wonder if some potential buyers of the book think it is just about the beach movies from the early 1960s.

Oh well............
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 17th, 2017, 8:52 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

Sue Sue- One of the most fascinating discoveries for me was learning the connection to the March of Dimes, FDR and the US dime. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to help combat a U.S. epidemic of the Poliomyelitis (polio) virus. Th...
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 17th, 2017, 8:43 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

Moira-

I have heard stories that Clifton Webb hosted Sunday croquet parties at his home for his friends.
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 17th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

Hi Moira- I think to stars liked those locations outside of Hollywood because it was less likely that they would encounter the press or obsessed fans. They could relax a little more. As for your question on Clarke Gable, M-G-M did play a big hand in shaping his on and off screen image. He was a new ...
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 17th, 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

It's hard for me to pick one favorite. I had never seen 95% of the photos in the book before. They are all interesting in their own way. That's what made this a fun project to work on. However, some of my favorites include: page 86 Hattie McDaniel attending the Oscar ceremony page 99 Groucho Marx da...
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 17th, 2017, 3:22 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

Donovan Brandt has been a long time friend. It was through him that I discovered how extensive the family archive is. I originally thought the archive was mostly movie stills and posters. I was wrong. They purchased a newspaper archive back in the 1970s so they have a huge selection of photos on eve...
by Stephen X. Sylvester
June 17th, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: HOLLYWOOD AT PLAY Authors Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester Visit June 17 & 18!

The book evolved as a way to promote the Eddie Brandt Archive. I had spent several years searching the archive looking for photos for the upcoming Fox book. While doing so, I came across a tremendous selection of celebrity photos I had never seen before. We paired down the photos from 300 to 150, ev...

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