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by Cynthia Brideson

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Book featuring essays on 40 "character" actors of Hollywood's Golden Age. I'm not quite sure how the people profiled were selected. To me both Claude Rains and Shelley Winters were featured players - not necessarily character actors. Even Frank Morgan had leads in many films and strong supporting parts in many others. Then there are those who are not mentioned - why profile Roland Young and Charles Winninger but not Charles Ruggles? Others who are missing include Frank McHugh, Donald Meek, C. Aubrey Smith, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Alan Hale, Donald Crisp, Sara Allgood, Mary Gordon, and many others. I realize not everyone can be included but the choices were somewhat usual. The profiles were good and I learned some things about people I had not known previously. However, there was an error in the profile of James Gleason which said he starred in a 1931 film called Puttin' on the Ritz with Clark Gable and Norma Shearer. Gable and Shearer did not appear in a film called Puttin' on the Ritz. Gable sang that song in the 1939 film Idiot's Delight which co-starred Shearer but Gleason was not in it. When I see one error that stands out like this one, I wonder how many other errors there are. ( )
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