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The Great Movie Shorts

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published February 1st 1972 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published January 1972)
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Aaron Reynolds
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An invaluable resource — a great number of the films described here are unavailable and are unlikely to become available in the future. And Maltin clearly loves these films, even the lesser ones.
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I read this way back in the mists of time (in high school) when I was compiling my first movie checklists. What Maltin means by "shorts" are mainly the comedy ones that rounded out an evening's entertainment double-feature program back in the 1930s and 1940s when a trip to the movies meant a newsreel, a cartoon, a comedy short, a war bond rah-rah reminder, the main feature film and a shorter hour-long b-movie feature. In other words, a hella lot for your dime (and it was a dime). That's when the ...more
Trav S.D.
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
An excellent resource in some ways (as a starting point) -- it's very broad ranging, but it's also outdated. Some of the information is wrong, and it's kind of incomplete (written in 1972 so there was much that was unavailable to screen back then). Also some of Maltin's opinions about the films are preposterous, but we can be generous and chalk that up to him being only 20 when he wrote it. The book still remains kind of indispensable, but really needs to be used in conjunction with other resour ...more
captain america
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
if you love obscure movie shorts from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, you'll love this. otherwise forget it.

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Leonard Maltin, is an American film and animated-film critic and historian.

Maltin began his writing career at age fifteen, writing for Classic Images and editing and publishing his own fanzine, Film Fan Monthly, dedicated to films from the golden age of Hollywood. After receiving a journalism degree at New York University, Maltin went on to publish articles in a variety of film journals, national