Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Here's what Leonard Maltin had to say about one of our books in his "Movie Crazy: Year End Film Book Survey - 2009":

KING OF THE MOVIES: FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN by Lon and Debra Davis (Bear Manor Media) — One of movies’ first matinee idols, Francis X. Bushman is remembered today—if at all—as the star of the 1925 version of Ben-Hur, although he continued to act well into the television era. In the early 1980s, Iva Bushman, who was married to silent-era star Francis X. Bushman for the last ten years of his life, entrusted his memorabilia—including notes and tape recordings for never-realized autobiographies—to youthful film enthusiasts Lon and Debra Davis. They supplemented this material with exhaustive research, including interviews with the star’s first wife and costar, Beverly Bayne. Bushman’s widow lived to the age of 94 and got to read their manuscript, but it has taken many more years to reach publication. The Davises write, “Iva had wanted us to title our biography ‘Profile of a Hero.,’ but bushman was no hero; he was a vainglorious man who helped to bring about his own downfall not just once, but repeatedly. It was through his foibles, in fact, that was found the true man. Despite his braggadocio and tendency to overact, we always found Bushman to be a fascinating and ultimately human subject.”

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