Monday, January 17, 2005

New Frank Tuttle book

Today, I received a copy in the mail of They Started Talking, by Frank Tuttle. As Brooks' fans know, Tuttle (1892 – 1963) directed three films in which Louise Brooks appeared, The American Venus (1926), Love Em and Leave Em (1926) and in part, The Canary Murder Case (1929). This new book, the director's memoirs, has not been published before.

Description of the book reads in part: "From Frank Tuttle, the director of Kid BootsThe Studio Murder MysteryTrue to the NavyRoman Scandals,College Holiday, and This Gun for Hire, comes a candid and lively backstage tour of the film industry from the 1920s through the 1950s. With a cast of characters that includes Jean Arthur, Mary Astor, Joan Blondell, Clara Bow, Evelyn Brent, Louise Brooks, Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, Bebe Daniels, Alan Ladd, Angela Lansbury, Veronica Lake, Charlie McCarthy, Fredric March, Thomas Meighan, Adolphe Menjou, Osgood Perkins, William Powell, Robert Preston, Edward G. Robinson, Charlie Ruggles, Simone Signoret, Phil Silvers, Gloria Swanson, and Monty Wooley, They Started Talking is an affectionate Who's Who of the leading supporting players of Hollywood's golden age."

I've only skimmed the book, but from what I've read, Tuttle has some interesting things to say about Louise Brooks. The director discusses the actress in relation to the three films on which they both worked. (A lobby card for The Canary Murder Case is also reproduced.)  I am looking forward to reading They Started Talking by Frank Tuttle.  (The book is edited, and comes with an introduction, by John Franceschina. It is published by BearManor Media.) I will try and write more about the book at a later date.

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