||June 22, 2006
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Classic Films and Vintage Movies
Cinema success takes two forms--movies that are popular with the ticket-buying public and return huge dividends to the film studios; and movies hailed by the critics as masterpieces of motion picture art. Sometimes the two coincide.
Ross Adams, the Chief Editor of "Dress Circle" magazine has reviewed this book (see below) and I'm more than happy to agree with everything he has to say.
If you click the Amazon link, you can then click through to the Kindle edition which will cost you only $2.99.
The NOOK e-book is also only $2.99 but the distributor has changed the title to "Success in the Cinema: The Money-Making Movies, The Critics' Choices & the Audience Favorites".
In all other respects, it's exactly the same book!
When I last checked, both Barnes & Noble and Amazon had sold out of the regular large-format printed edition. This is both good news and bad news. It's gratifying to an author to know his book is so popular, but annoying that the print edition is not on hand. However, it is still available as e-book at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Sony, Apple, ipad and other stores. If you click the Amazon link, you can thern click through to Kindle .
THE TOP MOVIES OF 1953 (based on initial gross U.S./Canadian rentals, as shown in brackets)
1. The Robe ($17.5 million)
2. This Is Cinerama ($12.5 million)
3. From Here to Eternity ($12.2 million)
4. Shane ($8 million)
5. How To Marry a Millionaire ($7.3 million)
6. Peter Pan ($6 million)
6 (equal). Hans Christian Andersen
8. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($5.1 million)
9. Salome ($4.75 million)
10. Mogambo ($4.688 million)
11. House of Wax
12. Moulin Rouge
OTHER BOX-OFFICE SUCCESSES (alphabetical order): Bad and the Beautiful Band Wagon, Bwana Devil, Call Me Madam, Charge at Feather River, Fort Ti, Julius Caesar, Million Dollar Mermaid, Mississippi Gambler, Moon Is Blue, Naked Spur, Niagara, Road to Bali, Roman Holiday, Scared Stiff, Stalag 17, Titanic
Dress Circle Movie Enthusiasts' Magazine August 2007
I don't wish to be offensive when I regard John Howard Reid as a bottomless pit. It is meant in a most complimentary way. The array of books he has already produced is amazing. And now under the new U.S. publisher he is still producing books that do not duplicate those already in circulation.
"Success in the Cinema" is sub-titled "Money-Making Movies and Critics' Choices." The opening section lists the top-box-office movies in America from 1921 through 1970. The body of the book reviews 113 such movies with extensive cast, behind-the-camera and release credits plus other essential background information. Many of these movies are well-known. Others are not so familiar.
There's the 1930 "Billy the Kid" and 1964's "Becket". Other titles include "Call Northside 777", "The Covered Wagon", "It Grows on Trees", "Jane Eye", "The Jolson Story", both the 1937 and 1950 versions of "King Solomon's Mines", "Ma and Pa Kettle", "A Place in the Sun", "Sunset Boulevard" and "Whistle Down the Wind."
"Success in the Cinema" is a valuable addition to John Howard Reid's series of film books. It's one that should be in every movie enthusiast's library.
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