The entertainer : movies, magic, and my father's twentieth century / Margaret Talbot.
|Authors:||Talbot, Margaret, 1961-|
|Call number:||791.43028 Talbot TAL|
|Publisher:||New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.|
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
Talbot, Lyle -- Travel -- United States.
|Title:||The entertainer : movies, magic, and my father's twentieth century / Margaret Talbot.|
|Physical description:||xiv, 418 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents note:||Learning to cry -- The hypnotist's boy -- Footlights on the prairie -- Hooray for Hollywood -- Gangsters, grifters, and gold diggers -- Man about town -- Empty bottles -- Unionizing actors, uniting fans -- Broadway and B movies -- From Ed Wood to Ozzie and Harriet.|
|Summary note:||Using the life and career of her father, writer Margaret Talbot tells the story of the rise of popular culture through a personal lens. The arc of Lyle Talbot's career is in fact the story of American entertainment. Born in 1902, Lyle left small-town Nebraska in 1918 to join a traveling carnival. From there he became a magician's assistant, an actor in a traveling theater troupe, a romantic lead in early talkies, then an actor in major Warner Bros. pictures, then an actor in cult B movies, and finally a part of the advent of television, with regular roles on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver. In her impeccably researched narrative--a combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir--Margaret Talbot conjures warmth and nostalgia for those earlier eras of '10s and '20s small-town America, '30s and '40s Hollywood.--From publisher description.|
|Biography note:||Includes bibliographical references (p. 411-418).|
|ISBN:||9781594487064 (alk. paper)
1594487065 (alk. paper)
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