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By Patrick McGilligan

The Backstory sequence of distinct "oral histories" chronicles the lives and careers of extraordinary Hollywood screenwriters—in their very own phrases. Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age serious about the early sound period and the Thirties. Backstory 2 featured Interviews with Screenwriters of the Forties and Fifties. Backstory 3 takes up the historical past of yankee screenwriting within the Sixties, throughout the stories of fourteen key scenarists. those energetic interviews, performed through Pat McGilligan and others, characteristic Jay Presson Allen, George Axelrod, Walter Bernstein, Horton Foote, Walon eco-friendly, Charles B. Griffith, John Michael Hayes, Ring Lardner Jr., Wendell Mayes, Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr., Arnold Schulman, Stirling Silliphant, and Terry Southern.

The sequence has confirmed beneficial and edifying for movie scholars, students, and historians, for screenwriters and different pros, and for movie buffs ordinarily. Applauded by means of reviewers and named one of the "100 crucial movie books" via a Los Angeles Times-appointed panel, it truly is brought up frequently and quoted in lots of movie histories.

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Start with a little biography. Very briefly, I was born in 1922. I was born in New York City in a hotel, the Cambridge Hotel. My mother was a movie starlet, although they didn't really call them starlets then. Her name was Betty Carpenter. She appeared in a series of films called the Sunshine Comedies, a rival group to Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. She was in one picture with Slim Summerville, the comedian, a short called A High-Diver's Last Kiss [1918], in which she was a high diver on a diving board, and he comes along in an autogiro, as they were called then— a helicopter—and her bathing suit gets all tangled up in the blades.

For Chrissake. Did your mother pass on a love of show business? She gave show business up altogether and didn't do anything with her life for a while. She had a series of gentlemen friends who contributed to her general well-being. Later on, she got into the wallpaper business and proved herself a driving and ambitious lady. I made peace with her toward the end, but I got out of the house as fast as I could. After high school? Actually, I'm prematurely Holden Caulfield. I got kicked out of Hill, Lawrenceville, Collegiate .

Though clearly I wasn't hypnotized, I kind of felt sorry for Dr. Wolberg because he seemed so sure of himself, and I liked him. But the trance obviously wasn't working. So when he told me to raise my hand, I raised my hand—like in the movies. Then he said he was going to count to twenty, and after that time, he wanted me to fantasize for about twenty minutes. I should have known what was happening, because what I had wasn't a fantasy; it was more like a dream. I was in Mexico in a cathedral where the walls were all covered with beaten gold.

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