Cynical news hounds, grumbling editors, snooping television newscasters, inquisitive foreign correspondents, probing newsreel cameramen, and a host of others - all can be found in this reference work to Hollywood's version of journalism: from the early one-reelers to modern fare, over a thousand silent and sound films can be found. Each entry includes title, date of release, distributor, director, screenwriter, and major cast members. These credits are followed by a brief plot summary and analysis, cross-references and other information of interest to students and fans of films. The book is arranged alphabetically, and includes a preface, introduction, bibliography, a list of abbreviations, appendices, and an index of names. The detailed introduction covers a historical survey of the topic, with numerous examples of films and dates. The work also includes a selection of stills from various films.
Flushing, New York's Larry Langman has been an instructor of film history and English for over twenty years. He has written more than a dozen books on film, including Destination Hollywood (2000) and Comedy Quotes from the Movies (1994).