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Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy
The iconic actor Charles McGraw appeared in over 140 roles on films and television, including the classic films noir, 'The Killers' and 'The Narrow Margin'. Emphasising his memorable impact on the film noir style, this comprehensive biography examines McGraw's lengthy career against the backdrop of a changing Hollywood.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published September 24th 2007 by McFarland & Company
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My new friend Alan Rode turns out to be a splendid researcher. This fascinating biography of one of Hollywood's most familiar faces of the 40s-60s is detailed and wonderfully annotated. McGraw, who for a brief time was one of the classic faces of film noir and whose decline and tragic accidental death are heartbreaking, has always intrigued me, but it never occurred to me that anyone would ever write a book about him, much less one this substantial. Aside from a handful of typos, it's a really f ...more
Mediocre bio succeeds when it sticks to the facts, fails when it imposes a suspense twist on the man's death, which was nothing short of sad and tragic. Most interesting is the enormous amount of posturing and dishonesty revealed behind McGraw's tough-guy persona. A portrait of what some actors will do to appear as their characters onscreen. Not something as common (or even allowed) in the 40s and 50s as it is now.
Jan 12, 2015 Ariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Film fans, film noir fans, classic hollywood fans
Great book!!!! Love this actor and such a joy to find out more about him & his life even if it was super sad. But the book is well-written and told me about a whole bunch more films that I need to check out so...even better!!