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In Theda Bara's Tent follows the adventures of a spirited orphan who makes his way into the burgeoning movie business in the days when the screen was silent and the moguls were just small-time theater owners. Harry Sirkus is so brave and lovable everyone wants to help him including a struggling theater owner named Louis B. Mayer who, at age 22, living in Haverhill, ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 25th 2010 by Tapley Cove Press (first published September 9th 2010)
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Jun 16, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
While the title only has a tenuous tie to the plot itself, this book is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the early workings of Hollywood. Altman traces the beginnings of Meyer (the last M of M-G-M) and Fox from their work in the silent film industry on the east coast in NYC and Boston to their beginnings of creating talkies in Hollywood. The story is told through the eyes of the news broadcaster Harry Sirkus, who breaks into the industry through Fox Movietone News.
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Dec 10, 2012 Marilyn D'Auria rated it it was amazing
This book needs to be made into a movie. It was full of old movie history and made me wish I could step back into time to be a part of it all.

This was a very cool story. Made me order a few Theda Bara dvds, just to give me a visual of what it was about to make movies back in the 20's.

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