Just when you thought you've heard it all about Hollywood, comes a completely original new book. Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies by Stephen Schochet, contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast. This includes: John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn, and many others.
A special blend of biography, history, and lore, Hollywood Stories is full of humorous , engaging, and illuminating tales often with unexpected endings. Sometimes people won't realize that they are hearing about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story.
For example: At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued a challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his film in the pseudo-intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, and without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him, and after the Q and A session they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from gout and the after-effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had five years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had.
A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks, Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney.
©2010 Stephen Schochet (P)2013 Stephen Schochet
"The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard." (Tim Sika, Celluloid Dreams)
I enjoyed the little snippets of info and quick stories of the talent involved with filming everything from Birth of a Nation, Intolerance to Gladiator, Jaws and Unforgiven.
Humor and trivia of the history of film.
Not as annoyed at the voice as much, but "Goodellows"? Narration doesn't necessarily require expertise of the subject, but there were many instances of names, movie titles, etc. that were bungled. At some point there should be some quality checking, right? Someone in the studio who may have said --umm... maybe we should pronounce things correctly?
The music in between the anecdotes to tell you the joke was over is horrible. If I hear the Raiders of the Lost Ark story about Indy shooting the guy in the market instead of fighting him one more time I'm going to hear that stupid little 2 second music clip banging around in my head.
No, just fun to hear the mini stories.
A different narrator.
The stories. Nothing not interesting.
Anyone. His voice is horrible doing this kind of narration.
I have this book in my kindle library. Reading it is fine. Listening hurts my ears.
I don't know who would enjoy this very annoying book. The format features anecdotes about the film industry in quick sound bytes. The narrator has a high pitched sing song voice and each anecdote is ended with a quick burst of music. And, the anecdotes are dated and uninteresting. For example, in one George Burns sticks Jack Benny with a lunch bill because Jack was known to be cheap. Da dum dum. No thanks.
I'd have to read other reviews first.
No. He should look for another job.
If you keep your expectations low this book can entertain you with short 1-2 min anecdotes from old Hollywood stars. Most of the material is from the 20-50s and even as a fan of that period I did not recognize several names.
The production is incredibly annoying--the reader has sycophantic tone and every story is punctuated by a burst of "ditty" music ("da-deet-deet-da-da"). You will hear that ditty about 200 times by the end of the book.
The stories are the sort you would hear from the PR department of a movie studio--not TMZ. There's no real dirty laundry, just funny stories and the occasional "Oh you scamp!" moment, but the author is clearly infatuated with his subjects--probably a little too much.
There is annoying music in between each story. The narrator also mispronounces names constantly. The whole thing was hard to listen to.
Wife, Mother, Photographer. Obsessed with Great White Sharks, urban legends, Sweet Valley High and horror movies.
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book. First off, it started with loud, jolting music between each tidbit, and secondly, the stories tended to be mostly about old Hollywood.
Once I got into the book though, I liked it. The music changes with each chapter, and the stories are interesting. I found myself googling photos of 1940's movie stars just to see what they looked like. There are modern stories, and I wish more would have been added. But it's still a fun book to pass the time.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I liked this book overall. It was good that there was a range of stories from the different eras of Hollywood. But it could have been peppered with longer maybe more complex, and insightful stories. These were anecdote rather than stories. I enjoyed the way the narrator told them as if you were having a conversation.
"Hooray for Hollywood."
This does what it says on the packet full of anecdotes and facts about the great, the good and the not so good of Hollywood. Well written by Stephen Schochet and well narrated by Chaz Allen the only thing that gets a thumbs down from me is the little jingle between each section , this would be improved ( from my point of view) by being turned down a little.
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