His early days and his unlikely rise to stardom. Lucky indeed.
His memories of the movies I loved as a child, especially Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (he hated it)
Burt, the chimneysweep, is a close second to Rob Petrie.
Many, but his meetings and friendships with the old silent comedians, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.
I have always enjoyed watching the movies and television work of this extraordinarily talented man. I was too young to enjoy his television years but at the age of seven I remember being absolutely riveted by the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
By the time the movie was released in the UK we knew every word to every song in the film because my father bought the record album for my brother and I to listed to - and did we ever. I still remember most of the songs now. It was a magical day when we actually joined the huge lines at our local cinema and to enjoy something this special.
I am sure that many will disagree, but I felt let down when Mr. Van Dyke talked as if the movie had been a disappointment in its finished product. He voiced that there were a lot of things that he was not happy with or did not go as he would have liked; and if this is how he feels then he is right to publish this view.
However, I remember this film being an absolute blockbuster which he presumably benefitted financially and a career point of view. In fact I am sure he is still collecting royalty checks from the repeats of the film and theater production.
He gave very little details of where he felt the movie had not gone as planned which would have been interesting to hear (although I do remember him saying that the seaside scenes had to be filmed in the South of France because of the poor British weather! What a shocker).
But I really felt let down as a fan of the movie in that he seemed to show no appreciation or awareness of the pleasure it gave children then and is still doing now. If things didn't go to plan, then of course that is extremely relevant but he brushed passed all this and I got the feeling that it was not a film that he enjoyed making at all.
Okay, I am a 'happy ending' sort of gal but one of my pet hates is when celebrities moan about work that gave them a great deal of fame and money, but also brought something special to the lives of the audience the movie was targeted to.
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I absolutely loved the first half and hated the second life.
If he realized people have different political viewpoints.
His great performance. He really can entertain.
I think Dick leaves a lot out of the story. He skims over much of the story. His parents were distant and his father was an alcoholic and you can see how it impacted his life greatly. But he doesn't tell you how he really feels.
I listened to this on vacation while driving through the North Carolina mountains! You are immediately comforted with the voice of the one and only DIck Van Dyke. This is another story of someone who went through a long time with nothing and lived one day to the next, which you forget in all of the glamour of Hollywood. I must admit that I kept waiting for what I consider to be the two big Dick events, the breakup of his marriage and subsequent long partnership with MIchelle Triola and his alcoholism. Don't make the same mistake! There are plenty of good stories about his television shows, Broadway shows and movies and his marriage as they moved around for his career. I got the book from the library to look at the pictures and he was friends with great ones such as Richard Crenna. I know what Michelle looked like but I would have liked to see her picture in there are as well. This is a multi-generation listen; my mom liked it too!
I'm a huge fan but for me this fell short, in part because he seemed to just gently float on the surface;. It certainly confirmed he's a clean family man with a long career doing stuff his kids could see. It's not that we wanted dirt but it would have been nice if he dug a bit deeper into his own psyche and heart. In one extraordinary story that he just skimmed over he was having dinner with a member of the Black Panthers when his house is suddenly surrounded by police. But then he just moves on, no real details as to how everyone felt, how he handled it what was discussed before or after. The whole book felt like little moments but no attempt to get at the heart of a life so full of amazing experiences.
I love using the audio version of books. I generally have one book and one audio going.
The author also did the narration.
I am glad I took the chance on this one. I don't buy this kind of book often. But it was nice to listen to. No Hollywood tattle tales.......just an over view of him making his way. I enjoyed it.
I start from a completely biased love for Mr. Van Dyke, and I know I'm not alone . He didn't not disappoint in this audiobook . I loved this memoir and the only downside is it's not nearly long enough, I could listen to his upbeat, iconic voice forever!!!
His candor and gentle honesty were refreshing as was the non-salacious content= very refreshing indeed!
what a wonderful listen this book has been. Mr. Van Dyke add so much to the reading. he is a wonderful man who's led an amazing life. I cant recommend it highly enough.
Work Hard. Be Nice.
I've been a fan of Dick Van Dyke my whole life and I was excited to listen to his memoir.
It was good, but not great for me. It read more like a timeline of his life than giving me any deep insight into his life. I don't really feel closer to his after reading the book, but I did enjoy it.
He's a nice guy and admittedly lazy, and I guess the life stories of nice guys just aren't as interesting as those who aren't so nice and who actively work hard to accomplish their goals.
If you're a fan you'll enjoy this. If you're just looking for an insider look at show biz then you may consider a different book.
I'm a fan and remain one after this reading.
I gave the story 4 stars, because it's HIS story. Had it been anyone else I'd have rated lower.