About My Books
Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up in Hollywoood
A combination memoir and history of the film business both in England and Hollywood, covering the decades from the 30's through the present. A
personal examination of such iconic studio bosses as Jack L. Warner, Darryl Zanuck and Walt Disney, plus memorable actors and directors including John Ford, Fred Zinneman, George Cukor, Elvis
Presley, Charlton Heston, Basil Rathbone, Angela Landsbury and Jane Wyman. Filled with the personal memories of someone who lived it, it is also the story of a father and son, their careers and their
turbulent relationship. Interwoven into these stories are numerous historical episodes about Hollywood, Broadway, Television and the Golden Age of Cinema.
Inside FAME on Television: A Behind-the-Scenes History
On January 7, 1982 Fame made its debut on the NBC television network. The first episode, Metamorphosis, was in fact a drastically
revised version of an earlier pilot shot in New York the previous year by Bob Kelljan and based on the 1981 film written by Christopher Gore and directed by Alan Parker. Fame, the television
series, would earn twelve Emmy nominations and six awards in its first season, barely survive for two seasons on NBC before being cancelled, only to rise from the ashes and become a highly sucessful
syndicated series for four more years and a total of 361 episodes. It would generate best selling record albums, numerous sold-out concert appearances in the United States, England and Israel, and
garner a total of 9 Emmy Awards and 29 nominations, as well as 3 Golden Globe Awards and numerous other accolades. Its cast and crew would bond over the years, becoming as close as any family, and
like any family they would enjoy both happiness and sorrow. This is our story.
Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company
Film Historian Leonard Maltin has defined the character actors who appeared in films of the 30s and 40s as "Hollywood's Real Stars." Roy William Neill, who directed nearly all of the Sherlock Holmes mystery-adventures of the 1940s that starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, had, as was the case with directors John Ford and Preston Sturges, a repertory company of character actors and actresses whom he liked to use. This book is a tribute to those 68 men and women whose names appeared in small print below the stars, and who graced hundreds of films with their diversified performances. More often than not these films, be they star-studded spectacles or poverty row quickies, would be that much better for their presence.
Anyone who loves these old films should enjoy this book as it is a detailed study of the 12 Universal films that starred Rathbone and Bruce, as well as a comprehensive biography of director Roy William Neill and the 68 actors and actresses he used over and over again. The book includes over 100 photographs.