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A Dreadful Man: The Story of Hollywood's Most Original Cad, George Sanders

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders by Brian Aherne assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Berkley (first published 1979)
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Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really adore this book. I love Brian Aherne as an actor and of course was fascinated by his long-time friend, George Sanders. The book is not really a biography at all. It is a series of letters exchanged between Sander's wife Benita Hume Colman and Brian Aherne. While the enigmatic character of George Sanders is somewhat illuminated, we learn a lot more about Aherne and Benita. It paints a fascinating picture of a middle-aged couple who've had multiple marriages trying to muddle through life ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quirky biography of actor George Sanders, by fellow British actor Brian Aherne. The two were friends for many years. "A Dreadful Man" was a phrase Sanders used to describe himself at times. The book consists of letters back and forth between the men (and the largest number of letters in the book come from Sanders' wife Benita Hume (married to Ronald Colman until his death, then she married Sanders) to Brian and his wife. Aherne would add explanatory and narrative material between the letters. ...more
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Superficial,mildly diverting memoir about minor stars in the ci-devant Hollywood firmament...not a biography of George Sanders but rather a reflection on the last thirty years of his life through the eyes of Brian Aherne and Benita Hume...
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
George Sanders: a delightful and horrible man.
Michael Anderson
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
More of the letters B. Hume to Brian Aherne.
Oct 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: movies
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Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: about-the-movies
Brian Aherne, the author, was a B-actor who was one of the best friends Sanders ever had. You wonder how tounge-in-cheek the effort is, as Sanders dearly wanted to be thought of as the complete "cad" he was in his films.

All in all though an interesting read about the only Oscar winner to marry not one, but two Gabor sisters.
Good thing it's older and only cost me about buck. It was like looking for the chicken in a boardinghouse stew. ...more
Ian Laird
Dreadful book, not worth rating.
Ria Pierce
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not very interesting. I read half the book then decided not to waste anymore time on it.
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