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    New And Notable Film Books

    I’ve gleaned just enough from these new and notable film books to feel confident in recommending them to you.

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    New Laurel & Hardy Book: Love At First Sight

    When I glanced at the pictures on the front and back cover of ‘Laurel & Hardy On Stage! Rare and Unreleased Live Performances 1942-1957,’ a big smile came over my face.

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    Gotta Dance! Movie Musical Posters

    What a perfect marriage: posters celebrating Hollywood musicals at the summertime mecca for dance, Jacob’s Pillow, in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. And who better to serve as guest of honor than Marge Champion, still vital at age 95?

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    Books For Disney Diehards

    Two recent books, ‘The Lost Notebook’ and ‘Inside the Whimsy Works,’ present fresh fodder for serious Disney buffs…

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    An Amazing Buster Keaton “Find”

    Get ready for never-before-seen photographs and a copy of an annotated script for Buster Keaton’s masterpiece 'The General.'

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    The Art Of Mary Blair: In Person And In Print

    There are two outstanding exhibits in the temporary galleries at the Walt Disney Family Museum right now; one honoring master animator Marc Davis and the other paying tribute to one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists, Mary Blair.

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    John Wayne Revealed

    "John Wayne: The Life and Legend" is a thoughtful, well-written book. Even if you’re familiar with Wayne’s career, chances are you’ll learn things you didn’t know; I certainly did.

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    A Sharper Focus On Hollywood And WWII

    In "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War," author Mark Harris has dug into primary (and private) source material to divulge the full story as no one has before.

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    My Favorite Hollywood Saga—Reinvented

    "Mabel and Me" may be a work of fiction but it is impressively detailed in its portrayal of early 20th century Los Angeles, along with the birth and development of moviemaking in Hollywood.

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    A Cult Favorite Gets His Due

    Noah Isenberg has spent the last decade working on this most welcome book, which can lay claim to being a definitive study of Edgar G. Ulmer.

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