am 18. September 2011
BearManor Media presents "GEORGE RAFT:THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOGART" (Paperback), by Stone Wallace (Author) with a foreword by Alan K. Rode.
Before I started reviewing this book, must make mention of the beautiful graphic cover featuring Mr. Raft in a tailor-made pin-striped suit, which depicts the man we all loved to watch on the big screen. The author Wallace states, perhaps more than any other star of his era, George strongly was identified with his film roles. It was important to him that he be liked as much on the camera as off. To that end, when he reached the point of stardom where he could start being selective about the material he'd chose, he often exercised a judgment that was ... eccentric, to say the least. Rejecting "The Maltese Falcon" and "High Sierra", Raft's career would never recover from these mistakes.
Loaded with wonderful studio stills and unique photographs, which is a plus for my taste.
Interesting section on Betty Grable Hollywood's soon to be World War 2 "Pin Up Girl", she was 24 years old and beautiful, just divorced from the child actor Jackie Coogan. Both her and George had genuine liking in the same interests, she was fun and outgoing and enjoyed going to Sunday ballgames. Loved the nightclubs where neither of them drank (except fruits juice drinks or ice cream sodas) but would dance for hours. One of the reasons Betty fell so hard for George was his constant thoughtfulness and consideration. But there would never be wedding bells for them.
Mr. Wallace has fitted very nicely in his book, the situation with George's career decisions. But for better or worse, like many of the characters he created on film he played the game his way. In this one cannot help but respect his decisions.
Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)
Acknowledgments --- 8
Foreword --- 9
Author's Note --- 13
Prologue --- 15
Chapter One --- 21
Chapter Two --- 33
Chapter Three --- 41
Chapter Four --- 53
Chapter Five --- 81
Chapter Six --- 101
Chapter Seven --- 109
Chapter Eight --- 147
Chapter Nine --- 179
Chapter Ten --- 203
Afterword --- 225
The Films of George Raft --- 227
Selected Radio Appearances --- 231
Selected Television Appearances --- 233
Bibliography --- 235
Footnotes --- 237
Index --- 241
George Raft (aka: George Ranft)
Date of Birth: September 26, 1901 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: November 24, 1980 - Los Angeles, California
Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff at BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.
In closing feel that the author Stone Wallace, has in depth captured the man, his private life, career and the myth with pen on paper, this guy can flat out write.
Perfect coffee-table book. Highly recommend - a good read!
Total Page: 252 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593931230 ~ (March 18, 2008)