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I really did want to like this given the clear evidence the author did a lot of homework. Cregar's screen career began in 1940 working as an extra in films. 329 pages By Gregory William Mank The reading goal that I have set for myself is to get through at least one book per month, and for the last couple of years, I’ve happily gone a little past that goal. My two most recently published biographies are selling briskly. I started to read up on this seemingly unknown (to me at least) actor and his life in various books and online, only be to be depressed on how this brilliant performer was treated in his life, by others as well as how he treated himself. Laird Cregar wanted to avoid being the type-cast movie heavy in Hollywood movies.

He was becomming successful, but he had no money. I had high hopes for this book as Cregar deserves his due for his short but memorable career.

But once I started this latest volume, on the actor Laird Cregar, I went through the first half of it in the first two days, finishing it off within a week. This collection of essays analyzes film representations of the Crusades, other medieval East/West encounters, and Mr. Manks is a writer, historian, actor, and a DVD Commentary author. rich, beautiful and notorious of Hollywood. eISBN: 978-1-4766-2844-8 ( Log Out /  This product may take a few minutes to download. In the era of Hollywood now considered its Golden Age, there was no shortage of ( Log Out /  17 The Hideaway and a Sad Farewell 131 Paperback $35.00 $ 35. There was a problem loading your book clubs. The stories are amazing as are the photos…an incredible entertaining opus. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Filmography 245 15 Riding the Cannon 118 Source Notes. I couldn’t recommend this book enough, and challenge fans to seek out Cregar’s work, especially The Lodger and Hangover Square. But his plans to become the leading man went astray. Cedric Gibbons and Hans Dreier brought together more artists and artisans working on the same projects than any other enterprise in the history of modern ... For more than a century, people have been drawn to sites of tragedy involving the ... For more than a century, people have been drawn to sites of tragedy involving the In 1944, Laird Cregar played Jack the Ripper in The Lodger, giving one of the most haunting performances in Hollywood history.It was the climax of a strange celebrity that saw the young American actor—who stood 6’ 3” and weighed more than 300 pounds—earn distinction as a portrayer of psychopaths and villains.

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps. When she’s had enough of her controlling spouse trampling on her dreams, can she find the strength to start over and build a bright new future? In 1944, Laird's obsession led him on a reckless crash diet (from three hundred lbs. Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018, Gregory William Mank,s biography of actor Laird Cregar, "A Hollywood Tragedy", is a spirited, soul-searching expose. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Unable to add item to List. Relocating from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, Cregar scored a stage triumph playing Oscar Wilde, attracting Hollywood's attention.

In loving detail Mr. Mank uses a fine tooth comb to detail the ups and downs of this amaizng actor's work, his personal life...and his demons. ( Log Out /  Determined to break free of this typecasting, he desperately desired to become “a beautiful man,” embarking on an extreme diet that killed him at 31. In the end I could hardly wait to get this over with to move on to my next book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work. Ships in 2-4 weeks. 27 Blowing Up 201 Sy Scholfield provided screenshots from Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy by Gregory William Mank (McFarland, 2018), page 14: "1913: The Cregar family was living at 6705 Cresheim Road in Mount Airy. He appeared in 16 films, but, of these, four really stand out. Join Our Millionaire's Club! Putting great stress on his system, Cregar underwent surgery for a severe stomach disorder.

Mr. Manks is a writer, historian, actor, and a DVD Commentary author. 7 The Rabbit with the Glass Teeth 60 22 “Gloomy Sunday” 166 Imprint: McFarland, Acknowledgments ix First of all I'm an unabashed fan of Mr. Mank's writing. Laird Cregar was born in Philadelphia on July 28, 1914. 00. 02/01/2018Actor and freelance writer Mank (Women in Horror Films, 1940s) offers one of the first in-depth studies of Samuel Laird Cregar (1914–44), who, despite his girth, had an early, intense desire to be an actor. His great passion for the theater eventually awarded him a scholarship at the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, in Pasadena, California. I immediately started to seek out other of his films, especially Hangover Square (1945), again being mesmerized by his performance. Featuring color illustrations by children from across the United States! 13 The Man Who Shouldn’t Have Come to Dinner 103 9 He-Goat Lucifer 76 Recommended by Kristine, Main Library, Adult Services, Three Stars, April 2018. Laird Cregar A Hollywood Tragedy (Book) : Mank, Gregory W. : "In 1944, Laird Cregar played Jack the Ripper in The Lodger, giving one of the most haunting performances in Hollywood history. Appendices cover his film, theatre, and radio work. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. You can view Barnes & Noble’s Privacy Policy. Sadly, Hollywood didn't care. Mank does an exceptional job here giving the reader so much detail about Cregar, through every step of his very short career. 20 Horror 154 Finally here is a book to answer the many questions I've had over the years. Samuel Laird Cregar (July 28, 1913 – December 9, 1944) was an American stage and film actor. Imagine being sent down for a crime you didn't commit. Part IV: “We Want You Just As You Are, Mr. Cregar.”

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Part V: “A Beautiful Man” But his heart gave out on the morning of December 9, 1944, only days after the surgery. pISBN: 978-1-4766-7899-3

This book is an oddity, very personel manuscript which tries to blend the author search with Cregar’s work and life. He was 30 years old. Please correct page count for Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy, Escape the Present with These 24 Historical Romances. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Cregar had an intense love for his mother, and bonded with his niece, Betsey, trying hard to get her to live with him in Hollywood. The Life and Death of Colin Clive; Hollywood's Dr. Frankenstein, Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide: A Biography, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]. "Sammy" Laird Cregar wanted so much to be an actor. Cregarr was an anomoly in the Hollywood of the 1940's.

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16 Swashbuckler 125 Author’s Note xi This sadly brings the pace of the book to a halt. Though highly qualified, Manks invests too many pages at the beginning of the book strolling around Philadelphia,where Laird grew up, and other nearby locales, reminiscing about the past.

Both were seasoned performers at the top to their game, and both of them had the film stolen right out from under them, by Laird's slyly witty performance as "His Excellency". Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy. 14 Quaking Like Jelly 107 To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.