The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

Margaret Talbot


utilizing the lifestyles and occupation of her father, an early Hollywood actor, New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells the exciting tale of the increase of pop culture via a transfixing own lens. The arc of Lyle Talbot’s occupation is actually the tale of yankee leisure. Born in 1902, Lyle left his domestic in small-town Nebraska in 1918 to hitch a touring carnival. From there he grew to become a magician’s assistant, an actor in a touring theater troupe, a romantic lead in early talkies, then an actor in significant Warner Bros. images with stars resembling Humphrey Bogart and Carole Lombard, then an actor in cult B video clips, and eventually part of the appearance of tv, with common roles on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver. eventually, his occupation spanned the total trajectory of the industry.

In her pleasing, impeccably researched narrative—a charmed blend of Hollywood historical past, social heritage, and family members memoir—Margaret Talbot conjures heat and nostalgia for these prior eras of ’10s and ’20s small-town the United States, ’30s and ’40s Hollywood. She transports us to an attractive time, easier but in addition intriguing, and illustrates the altering face of her father’s the United States, all whereas telling the tale of mass leisure around the first 1/2 the 20 th century.

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