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Merton of the Movies

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Fiction. Ever since its debut in the Saturday Evening Post in 1919, MERTON OF THE MOVIES has delighted book and film lovers alike and is considered one of the first real Hollywood novels. Filled with lighthearted film parodies, glimpses into a bygone Hollywood era, and a likable main character, it is easy to understand why MERTON OF THE MOVIES inspired an often-revived Bro ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Heyday Books (first published 1922)
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Sep 23, 2011 J. rated it really liked it
Do not judge this book by the pretty bad Red Skelton movie. Wilson was one of P.J Wodehouse's favorite authors and they have a somewhat similar style or tone in writing.
Feb 18, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, satirical look at movie-making of the silent era. As well as the desire for fame. I enjoy Wilson's deadpan writing.
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Feb 02, 2012 Chuck Williamson rated it really liked it
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Deliriously funny. I can see why Gertrude Stein lost her shit over this book.
Feb 16, 2015 Mika rated it it was amazing
Absolutely priceless. Merton (or the Feckless Gubb, as his girlfriend calls him) is a 1919 version of Dustin's Dojo. This book is a charming satire, adventure, and time capsule all rolled into one and I was giggling all the way through.
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May 26, 2008 Teri Tracey rated it liked it
I found this book in Big Sur. For any movie buff of the silent era, this is a great look at what breaking into the movies back then was like. I enjoyed the dialogue and the characters a lot.
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