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Include Me Out: My Life from Goldwyn to Broadway

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Synonymous with the golden age of Broadway, the dazzling lights of Hollywood, and the rise of television arts, Farley Granger's charm and talent captivated the acting community and audiences alike. Working with creative visionaries like Alfred Hitchcock, Luchino Visconti, and Nick Ray, Granger was a celebrated figure in films like Strangers on a Train, Rope, Senso, and The ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2007)
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Joseph Longo
Jul 14, 2011 Joseph Longo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Include Me Out,” an autobiography, is good book if you are interested in the life of actor Farley Granger or interested in the acting life in general. Granger was a movie star in the 1950s, when he was in his twenties. He continued to work as an actor all through his life – but he never achieved the movie- star status that he had in his younger, prettier days. He worked on Broadway, on TV in dramas and soap operas, summer stock, and dinner theaters. His bio is an interesting account of the nuts ...more
Feb 29, 2008 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An above-average actor autobiography. What makes it unique is Granger's no apologies account with various lovers, men and women. He also appeared in several classic Hollywood movies, only some of which he thinks were good: They Drive By Night for director Nicholas Ray, Rope and Strangers on a Train for Alfred Hitchcock, Luchino Visconti's Senso, Hans Christian Anderson, the MGM musical Small Town Girl with Jane Powell, Ann Miller and Bobby Van, and O. Henry's Full House among others.

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Aug 16, 2007 Frederick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in Hollywood, Broadway, LGBT issues.
This is a pretty interesting account of life in the Hollywood machine between 1943 and 1955 or so. I only read the first half, but found Farley Granger's narrative and personality interesting. I think this book could have used a little trimming. It does get repetitive. But it's atypical for a showbiz memoir. First of all, it's about an intelligent man. Farley Granger is eminently sane. While he was bisexual at a time of extreme conformity, he was not a victim. This book does not feature shady ag ...more
Nancy L.
Eh. I don't think he's that gifted an actor, so all the stuff about his craft and his true calling on Broadway was tiresome. And the memoir falls into the trap of the second half mostly being a recitation of parts in various plays and movies. His accounts of relationships with women lacked credibility as well. I did like the accounts of Goldwyn and his work with Dana Andrews, particularly on a 1950s movie I like (and Granger doesn't) called I Want You,
Aug 27, 2009 Denis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who thinks Farley Granger was just one of the most beautiful male faces of the golden age of Hollywood, this book will come as a surprise: Granger's career is far richer than one might think, and the actor's memories of his movie career in the US as well as abroad, and of his theater career in the second half of his life, are lively, precise, and often fascinating. Granger has met many of the most interesting people of his time, and he writes about them with honesty, intelligence, hum ...more
There are plenty of details about Granger's film and theater credits, opinions about the work of fellow actors and various directors and writers, and there's admission of several sexual encounters with famous people - men and women - yet the book lacks the style or structure to engage the reader. This is the difference between being presented a cake, or all the ingredients to make a cake. The story is told strictly in chronological order, with details tacked on the end of paragraphs, so there's ...more
Mr. Granger is such a gentleman, he can hardly be bothered to say anything bad about anyone, including Sam Goldwyn. His book is an interesting skim across the years with fond memories about the people he obviously loves. There's an interesting theme here about the struggle of an incredibly good-looking man to be taken seriously as an actor, balanced by the significant number of doors his looks helped him to open; however, it is a theme that is not explored in much depth, probably because it's ha ...more
James Clark
Jun 02, 2012 James Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Include me out was a revelation, knowing only a fraction about Farley this book was insightful, beautifully written and warm to the end. His narrative spoke of happiness and reflection, taken from childhood to his career highs and lows.

Farley opens up to the audience in a way that is personal without being vulgar. His funny anecdotes and honesty about his life and loves was amusing and honest.

Each story reflects a section of his life and details the various films and the career he built.

Christopher Carter
Engrossing and highly interesting. One of those I can't put it down bios that really sticks with you long after you have read it
Feb 22, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Farley Granger was one of my favorite actors in films like Strangers on a Train and They Live By Night. He shares his personal story of making such films and living an even more interesting life behind the scenes. Working with great directors like Nicholas Ray, Hitchcock and Visconti his was a great film career.
To possess Granger's sense of joie de vivre would be a magical thing; he is the epitome of making the best of a bad situation and the miracle of a wonderful situation. Like sharing war stories about film over clinking glasses of grappa, this is one lovely and lively memoir.
Lynn Kearney
3.5 Lots of Hollywood gossip from one who was more than just a run-of-the-mill pretty boy. Strangers on a Train is a great movie; even if Robert Walker and Alfred Hitchcock get a lot of the credit, there's some left over for FG too.
Michele Marie Moyna
Fabulous juicy read! OMG who didn't Farley sleep with: male or female he slept with all best in Hollywood and Broadway!
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Farley Granger is probably best remembered today as an actor for his appearance in two Alfred Hitchcock films Rope and Strangers on a Train (with Robert Walker) and in director Nicholas Ray's 1949 film They Live By Night (with Cathy O'Donnell). He was dissatisfied with the options open to him in Hollywood and ultimately bought himself out of his seven year contract with producer Samuel Goldwyn. In ...more
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“With William Wyler off in the Army, the fact that the Goldwyn Studio flourished during the war years was an accomplishment for which a former borscht belt comedian, Danny Kaye, should be given most of the credit. His first film for Goldwyn, Up in Arms, was a mediocre remake of Eddie Cantor’s 1930 hit Whoopee! The film was a big moneymaker for Goldwyn, and made an instant star of Danny Kaye. In 1948, Goldwyn was in danger of losing Danny, who was unhappy with the rehashed scripts he was being asked to do, particularly A Song Is Born, a dismal remake of Ball of Fire, a wonderful film Goldwyn had produced only seven years earlier starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. Goldwyn was smart enough to leave Danny alone, but he forced Virginia Mayo to watch Stanwyck’s performance in the original over and over. Used correctly, as Wyler used her in The Best Years of Our Lives, Virginia could be very effective, but she could never replicate Barbara Stanwyck, who was one of the most unique talents in the history of film.” 1 likes
“Gary Cooper called to invite me to a dinner party he was giving for Clark Gable at his house. When I accepted and he asked if I would mind picking up Barbara Stanwyck, I was delighted. I had always thought she was one of the greatest. The Lady Eve and Double Indemnity are two of my favorite films and feature two of the many terrific performances she gave through the years. I arrived at her door promptly at 6:30 P.M., a huge bouquet of pink peonies in hand. The maid said she would be right down, took the flowers, and offered me a glass of champagne. Barbara came down a few minutes later, looking terrific in something silver and slinky. She carried on about the flowers as the maid brought them in and joined me for some champagne. I was anxious to get things off to a good start with the right kind of small talk, but unfortunately I was out of touch with the latest gossip. I asked how and where her husband was. An expletive told me how she felt about her husband: “That son of a bitch ran off with some kraut starlet.” As I struggled to pull my foot out of my mouth, she started to laugh and said, “Don’t worry about it, baby, he’s not worth sweating over,” and the rest of the evening went like gangbusters. We arrived at 7:30 on the dot and were met at the door by Rocky, Mrs. Gary Cooper, who hugged Barbara and said, “He’s going to be so glad to see you.” Cooper and Stanwyck had made a couple of great films together, Meet John Doe and Ball of Fire, the latter for Sam Goldwyn, whom she liked even though she referred to him as “that tough old bastard.” Rocky sent Barbara out to the garden to see Coop, took my arm, and showed me around their lovely home. As we walked into the garden, I spotted him laughing with Barbara. Rocky took me over to meet him. He was tall, lean, warm, and friendly. The thing I remember most about him is the twinkle in his deep blue eyes, which were framed by thick dark lashes. He was a movie star.” 1 likes
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