Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Just Tell Me When to Cry: A Memoir by…

Just Tell Me When to Cry: A Memoir

by Richard Fleischer

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
181561,019 (3.5)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

This one moves to the top of the class for Hollywood memoirs. Wry, questioning, name-dropping...perfect for fans of 1950s-1970s cinema. Fleischer, the son of the pioneering animation titan Max Fleischer (Betty Boop), just nails this wonderful tale of his life as a Hollywood director and the zany stars he had to endure.

It's also an easy read, thanks to the linear outline. It starts with Richard Fleischer's intro to the film industry, via John Wayne's bathroom peculiarities, and takes us through his career. Each chapter is devoted to either a specific movie or to a specific star. We learn that John Wayne couldn't start filming until his morning poop was all done, while Kirk Douglas was insecure ("Does this have any value?"). Edward G. Robinson was a prince of players, maintaining his composure and manners while dying, literally.

But the best example of egotism belongs to Rex Harrison. Or as I now like to refer to him, 'Rex-n-Effects'. Let's just say he was a bit full of himself (and his wife Rachel Roberts a bit wonky). The wonderful title of the book comes from Sylvia Sidney, in her response to Fleischer's long and overwrought explanation of her film character. I would have liked a fuller telling of Fleischer's time on 1978's The Prince and the Pauper, if only to hear the tales of Oliver Reed in Hungary, but Fleischer's other experiences are good enough.

Book Season = Summer (find a real movie house) ( )
  Gold_Gato | Sep 16, 2013 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
5 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.5)
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,444,882 books! | Top bar: Always visible