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Leading Couples (Turner Classic Movies)

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William Powell and Myrna Loy. Bogart and Bacall. Tracy and Hepburn. These on-screen (and sometimes off-screen) couples defined romantic chemistry and the art of falling in love. From Turner Classic Movies, Leading Couples features the most unforgettable screen pairings of the studio era, including actors and actresses with many film courtships and those who made their inde ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Chronicle Books
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Sep 30, 2013 Kami rated it really liked it
- This was a fun and informative book! I adore this era of movies, and I wish classy actors and actresses like these people could still exist.

- I love that Fred and Ginger were the first couple. They are still very iconic!

- This book was bad for me. I want to watch all the movies that were listed now!!

- The intro said that one of the rules for choosing the couples to go in this book was that there couldn't be doubles. One actor couldn't be listed more than once. Well, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gab
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Jul 15, 2014 Erin Hall rated it it was amazing
I love all of the Turner Classic Movies books I've read - I thoroughly enjoy learning all the little facts about each glamorous star's life and about some of the most famous films in Hollywood history, even though I've never seen most of them!
Sep 14, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
The book has many of the classic movie couples you'd expect (like Bogart/Bacall and Tracy/Hepburn) as well as some more obscure pairings and one really bizarre one. (Fay Wray and King King? Really?) Two types of couples are featured: those that made several films together and those that made a big impression together just one time on film. While I understand that they were trying to make things fair and not feature one person too many times, the rules of the book do mean that some great pairings ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Also recommended: Leading Ladies: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era AND Leading Men: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era

Excellent coffee table book, but I liked this one the least of TCM's "Leading" series. Some of the information is a repeat of the previous two volumes. Putting them in pairs seems to be an even trickier prospect than narrowing it down to 50. It would probably be impossible to satisfy every classic film aficionado, without it turning in to a ma
Jan 19, 2013 Belinda rated it it was amazing
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Charming book put out by TCM to celebrate onscreen couples of the Golden Age of film. Great photos, and lots of fun choices (the last entry is Fay Wray and King Kong--very cute :)Each couple is highlighted by lots of good basic info on their best films together and and the basics of why they had successful chemistry as well as a little section on their off screen opinions of each other. Great both for beginner film fans and old pros like myself. While familiar with all the couples listed, I lear ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Vanessa rated it liked it
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Lots of information about classic Hollywood screen pairings (none later than the 60's) with many pictures and a complete filmography of each performer in the back. Some of the write-ups like the one on John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are really entertaining. There's also vital stats for each star and in the case of couples with lots of films to choose from (like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for example), the book suggests recommended viewing.
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