Here are some reviews for my books and some print interviews.
"Michael A. Hoey's Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up In Hollywood is written with humor and style about the author's interesting career in Hollywood, but (more
important for Sherlockians) it offers an excellent account of the stage and screen career of his father, Dennis Hoey, who played Lestrade in six of the Basil Rathbone films made by Universal in the
1940s." Peter E. Blau - Sherlockian Newsletter
"The book description indicates Elvis, Sherlock & Me is a combination memoir and history of the film business covering the decades from the 1940’s to the present. This is an apt description and one which rightfully conjures up wonderful images of celebrity, glamour and excitement.
A strength of the author’s entertaining style and narrative purpose is that his book works very well on both levels, i.e. as memoir and Hollywood history.
Hoey deftly weaves among illuminating anecdotes about the industry and at times revealing profiles of some of its biggest stars.
Throughout, he maintains a colorful picture of a vibrant, multi-layered “Tinseltown” from its golden years to the, in its own way, equally fascinating culture of contemporary filmmaking." Elvis Information Network
"For Fame aficionados the book offers a detailed account of the highs and lows of each season, the complex choreography involved in editing, producing and directing a weekly musical series and the drama occuring both onscreen and off... The book provides those outside the industry a better understanding of the world of episodic television, detailing the stages of production and defining the roles of everyone from grips to showrunners...While the tagline "I'm gonna live forever," is synonymous with the series, the book also pays tribute to the young stars whose lives were cut short by the AIDS epidemic including Fame's creator Christopher Gore, a number of dancers and actor Gene Anthony Ray, who starred in both the film and television versions." Alex Asher Sears - Cinemaeditor Magazine
"Michael A Hoey, whose father Dennis was the unforgettable Lestrade to Rathbone’s Holmes, takes a different and equally interesting approach in Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company (BearManor Media, $19.95). His personal acquaintance with many of the artistes who contributed to these and other Universal productions gives his biographical sketches an unusually engaging immediacy. It’s fascinating to follow the careers of actors such as Reginald Denny, Mary Gordon, Olaf Hytten and Frederick Worlock. The critical summaries of the films themselves are perceptive, pertinent and equally engrossing. Michael Hoey has given us a book that’s both important and entertaining."
The Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London
“How fitting that the son of Dennis Hoey, who portrayed Inspector Lestrade in the twelve Universal Sherlock Holmes films of the 1940s, should write a book paying tribute to the character actors and supporting players who comprised the series (and studio’s) informal repertory company. This is a most welcome volume.” Leonard Maltin
Michael Hoey is the son of Dennis Hoey, who played Inspector Lestrade in six of the films. His book Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company is an encyclopedic, but eminently readable account of the making of these films and the scores of actors, writers, directors and producers involved. Sherlock Holmes had an extraordinary genius for minutiae; he understood their importance. Hoey has followed the Master in this. He has delved very deeply to weave a biographical entry for each of the men and women who helped make these minor masterpieces. Included are production notes, costs, shooting times, and other fascinating information. As he has spent his life in the business, Hoey has personal insights into many of the actors and their careers; then, too, he recounts his visit to the studios during the course of filming The Pearl of Death, and the impression it made on him.
If, like me, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were your first Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, or if you’re an old-time film buff, you will enjoy Michael Hoey’s affectionate examination of the Universal Sherlock Holmes series.
The Baker Street Breakfast Club Reviewed By Jeff Bradway
Michael Hoey writes entertainingly and knowledgably about these films and their casts, which (for obvious reasons) have a special place in his heart. Since he sometimes visited his father's sets, where he met producer-director Roy William Neill and other central figures in the Holmes series, Hoey also brings a rare, first person perspective to the subject. All this serves his book wonderfully and makes Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces an esential purchase for anyone who treasures the Rathbone-Bruce Holmes pictures.
Mark Clark - Monsters From the Vault
To read my interview with the Elvis Information Network click on: www.elvisinfonet.com/interview_michaelhoey.html
Here is my interview with the Orange County Register: http://articles.ocregister.com/2008-01-14/life/24740794_1_michael-hoey-s-film-screening
Here is an interview about the Fame book that appeared in the Orange County Register: http://www.ocregister.com/news/fame-257760-book-working.html?pic=1
Here's an article that I wrote for the Editors Guild Magazine. It's an examination of the Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront.