John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

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John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

Format:  Hardcover,

366 pages

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9780813141626

ISBN-10: 0813141621

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Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9780813141626
ISBN-10: 0813141621
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 366
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.25

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Review by Library Journal (2013-04-15)

Here Golden (Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution) takes on John Gilbert, whose movie star appeal did not survive into talking pictures. It's not that his voice, when heard, proved insufficiently masculine; with sound he simply emerged as the rather ordinary man that he was, whereas in silent films, his trim silhouette and suave deportment could carry the day. When audiences heard his flat American accent, well, what worked for Gary Cooper did not work for Gilbert-the magic was gone.

Does he merit another biography after his daughter, Leatrice Joy Fountain's, 1985 Dark Star: The Meteoric Rise and Eclipse of John Gilbert? Readers may sympathize with his rootless beginnings, cheer his rapid success once he came to Hollywood, and despise MGM's Louis B. Mayer for his treatment of Gilbert, but none of that is new information. Married and divorced four times, he had no interest in his two daughters, worried that his nose made him look Jewish, and was thin-skinned in response to criticism. It's hard to find a way to admire him.

Verdict: Dark Star, with his daughter's perspective, adds nuance and fascination to Gilbert's story. This one is an optional purchase.

-Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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