John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

John Gilbert The Last of the Silent Film Stars Charming and classically handsome John Gilbert was among the world s most recognizable actors during the silent era He was a wild swashbuckling figure on screen and off and accounts of hi

  • Title: John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars
  • Author: Eve Golden
  • ISBN: 9780813141626
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Charming and classically handsome, John Gilbert 1897 1936 was among the world s most recognizable actors during the silent era He was a wild, swashbuckling figure on screen and off, and accounts of his life have focused on his high profile romances with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, his legendary conflicts with Louis B Mayer, his four tumultuous marriages, and hisCharming and classically handsome, John Gilbert 1897 1936 was among the world s most recognizable actors during the silent era He was a wild, swashbuckling figure on screen and off, and accounts of his life have focused on his high profile romances with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, his legendary conflicts with Louis B Mayer, his four tumultuous marriages, and his swift decline after the introduction of talkies A dramatic and interesting personality, Gilbert served as one of the primary inspirations for the character of George Valentin in the Academy Award winning movie The Artist 2011 Many myths have developed around the larger than life star in the eighty years since his untimely death, but this definitive biography sets the record straight Eve Golden separates fact from fiction in John Gilbert The Last of the Silent Film Stars, tracing the actor s life from his youth spent traveling with his mother in acting troupes to the peak of fame at MGM, where he starred opposite Mae Murray, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and other actresses in popular films such as The Merry Widow 1925 , The Big Parade 1925 , Flesh and the Devil 1926 , and Love 1927 Golden debunks some of the most pernicious rumors about the actor, including the oft repeated myth that he had a high pitched, squeaky voice that ruined his career Meticulous, comprehensive, and generously illustrated, this book provides a behind the scenes look at one of the silent era s greatest stars and the glamorous yet brutal world in which he lived.

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      Eve Golden is a biographer whose work focuses on American silent film, theater and early twentieth century actresses.

    612 thoughts on “John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars”

    1. The Rise and fall of Matinee Idol John Gilbert This is one of the outstanding books I have read about an early Hollywood star John Gilbert. This book not only gives us the story behind his meteoric rise in the American film industry but also narrates a brief history of how the studios came into existence in Southern California. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; it is an effortless reading and the material flows flawlessly and keeps you highly engaged from start to finish. Strongly recommen [...]


    2. I almost wish I didn't read this book. It's nice to subscribe to the popular myth that John Gilbert's career was derailed by a vengeful Louis B. Mayer, dovetailing nicely with Gilbert's being left at the altar by Garbo. This is probably apocryphal, according to this biography, even going so far as to say that there is no firm evidence that Garbo had consented at all to a double wedding with King Vidor and Eleanor Boardman. John Gilbert was mostly done in by his own arrogance (at best) which cove [...]


    3. Another excellent book by Eve Golden. I'm not the least bit surprised, of course because she's an excellent writer and a top-notch researcher. This is one of her best yet. It's a new look at Gilbert, who has long deserved to have a fresh look. Friends know me as a photo maven and there are plenty of wonderful images to appreciate.Engagingly written, she does not pull punches where they're needed and does not add useless filler which so many modern era biographers do. It's been a long time since [...]


    4. One of the best celebrity bios I've read. Sympathetic to Gilbert, a silent movie star who essentially drank himself to death when his career hit the skids, but still clear-eyed in assessing his lot. I had read Dark Star, the bio by his daughter, a few years ago, and this book is a nice companion to that one, going into more detail about his movies, and presenting for his own words as published in newspapers and fan magazines--and remaining gently skeptical on occasion when the words seem to have [...]


    5. Decent bio of a star of the first great era of film, the silent era. This book doesn't sugarcoat a very troubled personality, nor does it automatically accept the official stories surrounding Gilbert's life and career. Instead, it presents other possibilities for his actions and wisely leaves some of those as speculation. A number of rare photos are included and overall, a quite even-handed look at Gilbert's life is presented.


    6. A fantastic biography of John Gilbert, one of the biggest film stars of the 1920s, whose career came to an abrupt halt with the advent of sound cinema. Eve Golden carefully analyses the different causes of his downfall, which led to his early death in 1936, and how those causes were much more complex than the dismissive 'his voice wasn't any good'.


    7. A thorough and professional excavation of a distant, hazily-remembered film star and the Hollywood that created him as it was creating itself. The author provides a long-overdue examination of Gilbert's professional and personal decline, long defined by ancient show-biz gossip, and debunks much of what we thought we knew. The writing, however, gets a bit choppy, veering from literary film scholarship to Variety-style shorthand to the gossipy. More rigorous editing could have addressed the uneven [...]


    8. John Gilbert was the top male box office draw in Hollywood, and then he lost it all. The prevailing myth was that his voice was high and effeminate, and made audiences laugh. Eve Golden's well-researched biography shows that it was more of a mixture of studio politics, bad scripts and alcoholism. It's worthwhile read because it shows how little things have changed. My gripe: His affair with Garbo is pretty much glossed over, and Golden downplays their chemistry in Flesh and The Devil. I've seen [...]


    9. Love John Gilbert - love Eve Golden. She writes in a straightforward, engaging manor often with wit and sass. I may not always agree with her opinions, but she always makes a good case for her statements. Golden did a great job of telling the fascinating and ultimately tragic life of one of Hollywood's most successful matinee idols until an unfortunate series of events (including his own lack of diplomacy) led to his downfall. I am grateful she didn't succumb to the trend of late of going into n [...]


    10. A thorough, entertaining, and thought-provoking biography of one of the major actors of the 1920s (unfortunately more famous for losing his career with a shaky transition to talkies and an early death). With "The Big Parade" finally being released and TCM showing both his silents and talkies, this book will help to bring John Gilbert back to at least some of the prominence he deserves.


    11. Not one of the best bios I have ever read, quotes a lot from his daughter's biography. Played down the romance with Garbo, said Garbo later wondered what she ever saw in him, except she couldn't speak English and was lonely. Interesting info on Gilbert's youth and last years. Did learn some stuff I hadn't known before. Not bad.


    12. Interesting and informative, on the whole. The author's unfortunate tendency for bad jokes and snarky asides gets tiresome -- the attempts at humor remain attempts.



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