FREE MOVIE BOOKS on selected days

IN RESPONSE TO MANY REQUESTS, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A SHOT AT LISTING FREE BOOKS BY ONCOMING DAYS IN ORDER. Please bear with us while we get the ball rolling:

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BOOKS FROM AMAZON KINDLE ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS:

MAY 21: Murder at the River House Michaela Morris; Behind the Scenes Publicity Photos & Other Vintage Movie Stills; Actors Take All! Humorous Poems; Able Body, But Far Too Busy This Year (a Michaela Morris mystery-thriller); Actors Take All! Humorous Poems; Nibbles of Nonsense Hilarious Comic Verse; All Aboard for Movie Mystery and Suspense; Correct Writing Formats for Contests & Publishers; Fatal Females & Hazardous Heroines of Film Noir; How Writers Win Favor with Judges & Editors; Poetry for Lazy Summer Afternoons; Quick Answers to Writing Contest Questions

MAY 28 ONLY: A Risky Business: Crime in the Movies; Quick Answers to Writing Contest Questions

MAY 28 and MAY 29: Luke: The Gospel A Radical New Translation; Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven; Michaela Morris in Hollywood; Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi DVD; John Howard Reid Presents A Hollywood Classics Movie Musical Sampler: 20 "Best"; Silent Movies Plus! More Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD; World's Worst Westerns Plus Some of the Best; Great Movie Musicals on DVD; Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi DVD; All Aboard for Movie Mystery and Suspense; 50 Best "B" Westerns Hollywood Ever Made; History in Movies Hollywood Style; Ahoy, Hollywood! Let's Go To The Movies; Able Body, But Far Too Busy This Year; Ahoy Hollywood!: Let's Go To The Movies; Always a Pleasure; Michaela Morris in Hollywood; Movie Mystery Thrillers; Amazing Adventures of Toby Adapted from the Bible Book "Tobias"; Always Keep Smiling: Mysteries for Movie Lovers (and Fans of Film Noir); Humorous Poetry; 140 All-Time Must-See Movies for Film Lovers; 150 Finest Films of the Fifties; Fatal Females & Hazardous Heroines of Film Noir; 50 Best "B" Westerns Hollywood Ever Made; World's Worst Westerns Plus Some of the Best; 50 of the Finest Films Hollywood Ever Made; All Adrift in Charismatic Ports of Call; Classic Movie Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age; Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven; Silent Movies Plus! More Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD; All Aboard for Movie Mystery & Suspense; Big Screen Bible Lore; Daniel Detective, Dragon Slayer, Lion Tamer; Mark, Matthew, Luke and John The 4 Gospels. (The last three books listed are FREE on May 28 only).

JUNE 4: Murder at the River House Michaela Morris; Correct Writing Formats for Contests & Publishers; Luke: The Gospel A Radical New Translation; More New Light on Movie Bests; More Light on Hollywood Publicity Stills, Photos and Cards in the 1940s & 1950s; Poetry Pitfalls or What Makes Bad Verse Worse; Quick Answers to Writing Contest Questions; 7 Solid Roads To Writing Success; Up in the Clouds and Other Flights of Fancy 77 Humorous Poems

JUNE 11: Mysteries for Movie Lovers (and Fans of Film Noir); How Writers Win Favor with Judges & Editors; Big Screen Bible Lore: A New Girl in Town

JUNE 18: Murder at the River House Michaela Morris; Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi DVD; Always a Pleasure; Awesome Adventures in the Movie Business; Behind the Scenes Publicity Photos & Other Vintage Movie Stills; John Howard Reid Presents a Hollywood Classics Movie Musical Sampler: 20 "Best"; 7 Solid Roads to Writing Success

JUNE 25: 50 of the Finest Films Hollywood Ever Made; History in Movies Hollywood Style

JULY 2 and 3: Merryll Manning: A Brush with Death; Merryll Manning Is Dead Lucky; Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven; Actors Take All! Humorous Poems; 150 Finest Films of the Fifties; Ahoy Hollywood!: Let's Go To The Movies; Merryll Manning: Rembrandt and the Collar of Gold; Amazing Adventures of Toby Adapted from the Bible Book "Tobias"; Movie Mystery Thrillers; Adventures of a Fighting Girl Michaela Morris in Dark Black Gold; Almost the Best: 50 Movies That Just Missed Awards or Audience Applause; Poetry for Lazy Summer Afternoons; All Adrift in Charismatic Ports of Call; Classic Movies The Best and the Worst; 50 Best "B" Westerns Hollywood Ever Made; History in Movies Hollywood Style; More New Light on Movie Bests; Classic Movie Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age; Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi DVD; Daniel Detective, Dragon Slayer, Lion Tamer<; Fatal Females & Hazardous Heroines of Film Noir [this book is available free of charge on July 2 only]

JULY 9: Murder at the River House Michaela Morris; Big Screen Bible Lore; 7 Solid Roads To Writing Success

JULY 16: Amazing Adventures of Toby Adapted from the Bible Book "Tobias"; JULY 16: Classic Movies The Best and the Worst

JULY 23: Able Body, But Far Too Busy This Year (a Michaela Morris Mystery Thriller); Merryll Manning: Rembrandt and the Collar of Gold; Movie Mystery Thrillers; Classic Movie Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age; Daniel Detective, Dragon Slayer, Lion Tamer

ALSO OF INTEREST TO MOVIE FANS, and free of charge on May 28 and 29: Michaela Morris in Hollywood, plus on May 7: AWESOME ADVENTURES IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS.

Some of JHR's latest books are at present available only as e-books at Amazon Kindle. However, you can download to any device! You don't have to use a Kindle. And if you miss out on the FREE days, the normal price varies from only 99 cents to $3.99 tops! (There are now print editions of some of these books. Please go to Amazon and enter the book's title for that information). Also, if you buy a printed edition OR HAVE PURCHASED A PRINT EDITION IN THE PAST OF ANY OF JHR'S BOOKS from Amazon, you can in almost all cases download the Amazon Kindle version FREE of charge!

All these books are also available at Amazon U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands, China, Australia and Japan; but you will need to do a title search.

 CLASSIC MOVIES ON DVD: 

A GUIDE FOR FANS OF VINTAGE FILMS

"Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi DVD" is available in all e-book formats, but only at Amazon Kindle. The price for this 253-page book is only $3.95. However, this book will be available free of charge on MAY 28 and 29, plus JUNE 18 and JULY 2 and 3. Please go to your country's AMAZON store.

For a listing of the top box-office movies and most popular films in America 1921 through 1970 (based on initial USA and Canadian gross motion picture rental receipts) please click this link: http://filmindex.0catch.com/boxoffice.htm

For details of other movie books from Amazon, please click: http://classicmovieposters.exactpages.com 

The-book, "140 All-Time Must-See Movies for Film Lovers" will be available for the present only at Amazon Kindle. The Kindle price is $3.95. But on MAY 28 and 29, you can download this book from Kindle FREE OF CHARGE! Also if you buy (or have purchased in the past) the regular super-sized 267-pages print edition from Amazon, you can download the Kindle version FREE OF CHARGE at any time. (The print version is also available at Barnes and Noble and other stores). The regular print edition of MUSIC, THRILLS, MYSTERY, COMEDY & SUSPENSE ON VIDEO & DVD is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, etc. Here is the link for the $2.99 Kindle e-book:

Kindle Music

 

If you prefer the $2.99 Barnes & Noble NOOK: NOOK Music

 

SILENT MOVIES & EARLY SOUND FILMS ON DVD: NEW EXPANDED EDITION has recently been updated.

 

 

MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD:

A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills.  

This superb book was chosen by the judges as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR in the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards. It is now on sale at Amazon and other stores. Amazon's price is only $20.50! Or you can purchase a Kindle edition for only $3.99. Yes, that's right only $3.99 (including Amazon's wireless delivery charge) and REMEMBER if you buy OR HAVE BOUGHT IN THE PAST the print edition from Amazon, you can download the Kindle edition FREE OF CHARGE!!! Here is the link: 

KINDLE MYSTERY

This e-book is also now on sale at Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony and other retailers. Here is the link for BARNES & NOBLE'S SUPER-SPECIAL $4.97 NOOK EDITION (a bit more because this special edition EXCLUSIVELY for B&N has many more photos): NOOK MYSTERY

"Wings" is featured on the cover of the first of JHR's Guides to Classic Movies on DVD. This book has now been released in an up-to-date Kindle edition for only $3.99! The e-book as well as the traditional printed edition are now on sale in online stores throughout the world including Barnes & Noble, Apple and Sony. The price for the lavishly printed 320-page book is only $17.50. Over 175 movies are detailed, and illustrated with over 100 photos. If you take advantage of only ONE of my 178 DVD suggestions, you will save more than the price of the book. And if you buy the printed edition from Amazon, you can download the Kindle edition FREE OF CHARGE!

I'm now working on other books in this series. The second, as noted above, has also been published and won a 2011 Readers Favorite Award. It deals with MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD (see details below).

The third deals with WESTERNS. 

When I commenced work on SILENT FILMS & EARLY TALKIES ON DVD, I thought I'd be lucky to find 200 feature films that were (or had been) available. To my amazement, the total is now closer to 2,000. Of course, these include collections of shorts, and there are duplicates. Three or four versions of some popular public domain titles can be purchased for prices ranging all the way from bargain basement to premium. I've looked at them all, and selected the best, regardless of price. And would you believe that MANY of the CHEAPER discs are SUPERIOR in quality to the more expensive? ALPHA and GRAPEVINE are the front runners so far as SILENT MOVIE CLASSICS are concerned. Sometimes, the Grapevine pressing is the better disc, but just as often the inexpensive Alpha version is superior, so I've also provided a quality rating in each review: 10/10 represents a perfect, indeed an outstanding DVD transfer. "Sunrise" from Fox is an excellent example of a 10/10 DVD. 

Here are just 3 sample entries from over 175 published in SILENT FILMS & EARLY TALKIES ON DVD:

Smouldering Fires

First, the cast list: Pauline Frederick (Jane Vale), Laura La Plante (Dorothy Vale), Malcolm McGregor (Robert Elliott), Tully Marshall (Scotty), Wanda Hawley (Lucy), Helen Lynch (Kate Brown), George Cooper (Mugsy), Arthur Lake (party guest who dances with Jane), Bert Roach, Bobby Mack, Frank Newburg, Billy Gould, Rolfe Sedan, Jack McDonald, William Orlamond (committee members).

 

Then, the technical credits: Director: CLARENCE BROWN. Screenplay: Sada Cowan, Howard Higgin, Melville W. Brown. Titles: Dwinelle Benthall. Story: Sada Cowan, Howard Higgin, Margaret Deland. Photography: Jackson Rose. Film editor: Edward Schroeder. Art directors: Leo K. Kuter, E.E. Sheeley. Assistant director: Charles Dorian. Executive producer: Carl Laemmle.

 

Then, the release details: Copyright 25 November 1924 by Universal Pictures. New York opening at the Piccadilly: 30 March 1925. U.S. release: 18 January 1925. 8 reels. 7,356 feet. 80 minutes.

 

SYNOPSIS: Middle-aged female factory owner falls in love with one of her young male employees.

 

NOTES: Re-made by Warner Bros.-First National in 1933 (without acknowledgment) as Female with Ruth Chatterton, George Brent and Ferdinand Gottschalk in the roles here played by Pauline Frederick, Malcolm McGregor and Tully Marshall.

 

Then, the Comment and DVD release details:COMMENT: Blessed with outstanding performances from the entire cast and excellent production values including astute direction from Clarence Brown, here's a romantic drama that holds audience interest from first to last, despite its somewhat familiar plot. The acting is both natural and sympathetic and the plot is cleverly augmented with numerous incidents (the dismissal notices that Scotty is always so happy to produce; the showdown on the factory floor; the rope breaking at the cliff edge; Arthur Lake whirling Miss Frederick across the dance floor) that keep our involvement at a consistently high level. In fact, Pauline Frederick is such a magnetic personality, it's impossible to take our eyes from the screen. [DVD from Sunrise Silents is a nice tinted print. Quality rating: 9 out of ten].   

OTHER VIEWS: Although she is little-known today, Pauline Frederick was once the most famous actress in the whole world. (By "actress", I mean just that, not "show business personality"). It was a position she achieved by hard work. "People who think the path of a chorus girl is strewn with roses, have a lot to learn," she once declared. "I knew going on the stage would entail hardships. but I now venture to say that a man with a pick and a shovel has a much easier time!"

    It was due to her stage reputation, however, that Pauline Frederick was offered the leading role in her first film, The Eternal City (1915). She continued to play the leads in another 56 movies, right up until 1929. In 1931 she graciously accepted a co-starring role for the first time ever in This Modern Age as a personal favor for Joan Crawford and Irving Thalberg at M-G-M. She was billed second to Joan Crawford. For the rest of her 65-movies career, Pauline Frederick generally played the third lead (never less than fourth), and was top-billed in Monogram's Self-Defense (1933).

SUNRISE

George O'Brien (a farmer), Janet Gaynor (his wife), Margaret Livingston (a vacationer), Bodil Rosing (maid), J. Farrell McDonald (photographer), Ralph Sipperly (barber), Jane Winton (manicurist), Arthur Housman (masher), Eddie Boland (mister obliging), Gibson Gowland (angry driver), Sidney Bracey (fun fair official), Gino Corrado (barber shop manager), Phillips Smalley (waiter), Clarence Wilson (money lender), Barry Norton (dancer), Sally Eilers (girl in dance hall), Fletcher Henderson (performer), F.W. Murnau (man in street), Bob Kortman, Harry Semels.

 

Director: F.W. MURNAU. Screenplay: Carl Mayer. Based on the 1917 short novel, "The Journey to Tilsit", by Hermann Sudermann. Titles: Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell. Photography: Charles Rosher, Karl Struss. Film editor: Harold D. Schuster. Art directors: Rochus Gliese, assisted by Alfred Metscher and Edgar G. Ulmer. Special effects: Frank Williams. Music: Hugo Riesenfeld. Stills: Frank Powolny. Cameramen: Stuart Thompson, Hal Carney. Assistant director: Herman Bing. Executive producer: William Fox.

 

Copyright 12 June 1927 by Fox Film Corp. New York opening: 23 September. U.S. release: 4 November 1928. 8,729 feet. 97 minutes.

 

SYNOPSIS: Vacationing vamp from the city induces a gullible farmer to murder his wife.

 

NOTES: Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted this picture ahead of Chang and The Crowd for "Artistic Quality of Production." Janet Gaynor won the award for Best Actress (in conjunction with her performances in Seventh Heaven and Street Angel). Rosher and Struss were voted the year's best photographers for their joint cinematography of Sunrise. (Two cameras were used, Rosher operating one, and his friend, Struss, the other). 

    The movie was also nominated for Art Direction.

    Number 7 in the Film Daily's annual poll of U.S. film critics.

    One of Mordaunt Hall's selections for the Ten Best Films of 1927.

    Herman Bing, the assistant director, is also the well-known character actor.

COMMENT: Simply one of the best movies ever made, Sunrise is both an invigorating and heart-warming, yet sometimes comic and intensely dramatic experience.

    It seems to me that it would be hard to go past George O'Brien [pictured] for the year's Best Actor and F.W. Murnau for Best Director, yet both men were not even nominated. The scene in which O'Brien's besotted farmer tries to murder his wife must surely rank as the number one dramatic moment in the whole history of the cinema. It is absolutely terrifying, and yet the sheer horror of this moment is brilliantly modified and translated into the charmingly frenetic comedy that follows.

    Full marks also to Struss and Rosher for their incredible, superbly atmospheric photography. (Interestingly, Struss was the official cameraman for the Awards Ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on 16 May 1929, so he had the job of photographing himself). And it is no surprise to find the designer of the movie's absolutely breathtaking sets as a nominee. 

    I certainly won't question Janet Gaynor's accolades either, but there is another player in the film who deserves a special recognition: Margaret Livingston. Her role is vital and she plays it with utter conviction.

    Yes, as other reviewers have already noted, the movie is heavily Germanic in style, mood and presentation. Murnau's camera is moody, oppressively fluid, realistic, scarifying and intrusive as it draws us inevitably and inexorably into his "Song of Two Humans." 

AVAILABLE on DVD through Fox. Quality rating: Ten out of ten.       

 

Julanne Johnston and Douglas Fairbanks in "The Thief of Bagdad"

STAR SPOTLIGHT: DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS

To judge by the number of his current DVD releases, Douglas Fairbanks still rates as the number one male movie star of the 1920s. No fewer than six of his major films are reviewed, rated and discussed in SILENT FILMS AND EARLY TALKIES ON DVD, including Don Q, Son of Zorro (I think you'll be surprised to see which DVD release receives my coveted 10/10 rating, not only because of its superlative print quality but its excellent music score); The Mark of Zorro (another 10/10 transfer); Robin Hood (also 10/10); Taming of the Shrew (also, most surprisingly, 10/10); The Thief of Bagdad (illustrated above, and no surprise to find a 10/10 DVD for this popular title); The Three Musketeers (the best DVD quality I could find for this title I'd rate 9/10, but that's still pretty close to excellent).

 

SILENT FILMS AND EARLY TALKIES ON DVD is now available both as a regular book and in a Kindle edition which costs only $3.99! This e-book edition is also now on sale at Barnes & Noble, Apple and Sony. To buy the lavishly printed trade paperback edition for $17.50, please use this link: http://www.lulu.com/content/1988702

 

 

BESTSELLING, AWARD-WINNING BOOK

Here is a mammoth, award-winning 468-page guide to well over 700 suspense/film noir/mystery movies now available on DVD. Over 1,200 DVDs were viewed in the course of writing this book. YOU WILL SAVE THE $24.50 COVER PRICE OF THIS BOOK BY FOLLOWING JUST A FEW OF THE SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT NOT TO BUY ON AN INFERIOR DVD DISC. On the other hand, you will be thrilled that the DVD discs you do buy are every bit as good in visual and sound quality as the book indicates. Whether you enjoy them or not, of course, is a matter of individual preference. At least the reviews and other details will guide you in the right direction. If you can't stand Dana Andrews, for instance, no way will you buy "Laura" or "Zero Hour", no matter how much I recommend them.    

 

 

"MOVIE WESTERNS" BOOK NOW PUBLISHED! The title has been changed to "WESTERNS: A Guide to the Best (and Worst) Western Movies on DVD". Please click on the first link below for the traditional print edition and on the second link (the one with no price) for Amazon's Kindle edition which costs only $2.99! The e-book edition is also available at Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, and other online stores.

 

ON SELECTED DAYS (mostly SATURDAYS), please go straight to your country's Amazon store and enter the book's title!

GOOD NEWS! You no longer need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Instead, you can download the FREE APP, available on all Amazon's Kindle pages!

More New Light on Movie Bests will be free on June 4, plus July 2 and 3.

50 of the Finest Films Hollywood Ever Made will be free on May 28 and 29. 150 Finest Films of the Fifties will be free on May 28 and 29 plus July 2 and 3. 50 Best "B" Westerns Hollywood Ever Made will be free on May 28 and 29. World's Worst Westerns Plus Some of the Best will also be free on May 28 and 29.

Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi DVD will be also be FREE on May 28 and 29, plus June 18, plus July 2 and 3.

Classic Movie Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age will also be free on May 28 and 29.

Behind the Scenes Publicity Photos and Other Vintage Movie Stills will be free on May 21.

History in Movies Hollywood Style will be FREE on May 28 and 29.

Great Movie Musicals on DVD will be FREE on May 28 and 29.

140 All-Time Must-See Movies for Film Lovers will be free on May 28 and 29.

MYSTERIES for Movie Lovers (and Fans of Film Noir) will be free on May 28 and 29, plus June 11.

50 Best "B" Westerns Hollywood Ever Made will be a FREE download on May 28 and 29.

John Howard Reid Presents A Hollywood Classics Movie Musical Sampler will be a FREE download on May 28 and 29, plus June 18. However, the normal price for this little book is only 99 cents!

On selected Saturdays, including May 7 and 14, plus June 4, you will find FREE copies of More Light on Hollywood Publicity Stills, Photos and Cards in the 1940s & 1950s

Almost the Best: 50 Movies That Just Missed Awards or Audience Applause will be available free of charge on dates to be advised.

Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi DVD, is currently available in all e-book formats, but only at Amazon Kindle. The price is $3.95. The next FREE days will be May 28 and 29, plus June 18, plus July 2 and 3!

BIG SCREEN BIBLE LORE will be free on May 28, plus June 11 and July 9.

CLASSIC MOVIES The Best and the Worst will be free on July 2 and 3, plus July 16

A RISKY BUSINESS: Crime in the Movies will be free on May 28.

WORLD'S WORST WESTERNS Plus Some of the Best will be free on May 28 and 29.

SILENT MOVIES PLUS! More Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD will be free on May 28 and 29.

MOVIE MYSTERY THRILLERS will be free on May 28 and 29, July 2 and 3, plus July 23.

FATAL FEMALES & HAZARDOUS HEROINES OF FILM NOIR will be free on May 21, May 28 and 29, plus July 2.

EVERY BOOK MENTIONED ABOVE WILL BE OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE ON AT LEAST FIVE DAYS (usually a Saturday) IN EVERY QUARTER.

These free books are also available on the same days at Amazon U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, China, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Spain, but you will need to do a title search.

Don't miss out! Why not copy these dates into your diary right now, so that you don't forget!

NEW FILM BOOKS BY JOHN HOWARD REID DETAILING CLASSIC FILMS AND VINTAGE MOVIES

featuring 

loads of Information

and heaps of Classic Movie Posters

LATEST GOOD NEWS:

$214.93! Yes, $214.93 plus $3.99 postage is what International Books were asking for a brand new copy of SUCCESS IN THE CINEMA. Yes, the large-format paperback is out of print. Alas, this seems to be a permanent situation. However, you can still buy the e-book at Kindle, NOOK, Apple, Sony, ipad, etc. for only $2.99 or $3.99. The other big news is that my very latest e-books, 50 OF THE FINEST FILMS HOLLYWOOD EVER MADE, HORROR FANTASY SCI-FI DVD, MYSTERIES FOR MOVIE LOVERS, ALMOST THE BEST: 50 MOVIES THAT JUST MISSED AWARDS OR AUDIENCE APPLAUSE, GREAT MOVIE MUSICALS ON DVD, 140 ALL-TIME MUST-SEE MOVIES FOR FILM LOVERS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD, etc., are for the time being exclusive to Kindle. All are priced at no more than $3.99, and some are considerably less:

If like me you're a fan of silent cinema, seek out my revised SILENT MOVIES & EARLY SOUND FILMS ON DVD. This book sells for $24.50. However, the original book, SILENT FILMS & EARLY TALKIES ON DVD, is available at Amazon Kindle for only $3.99.

Also available: WESTERNS: A GUIDE TO THE BEST (AND WORST) WESTERN MOVIES ON DVD. The Amazon links are below. The one with no price is the $2.99 Kindle edition link. My previous book, BRITISH MOVIE ENTERTAINMENTS ON VHS AND DVD, has also proved a popular edition to my list. See the Amazon links below. The similar link with no price displayed will take you to the $2.99 Kindle edition. In fact, all these books, now including "Great Hollywood Westerns", are readily available in Amazon's Kindle store. Clicking nearly all the Amazon links on this site will then give you a choice of buying the regular or Kindle editions.

AND HERE IS THE REALLY GOOD NEWS: MOST OF THE KINDLE EDITIONS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ONLY $2.99!

Now available in Kindle: Both HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS TITLE INDEX 1-16 and HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS TITLE INDEX TO ALL MOVIES REVIEWED IN BOOKS 1-24. The regular editions are also available at Amazon, but the bargain-priced Kindle editions are not only more useful but cost a mere 99 cents each. That's right! 99 cents! If you prefer the print edition of 1-24, it will cost you around $17.50. In both these 1-24 editions, not only do you get an attractively illustrated Index, but a further 215 pages detailing even more must-see movies, from "Abbott & Costello in Hollywood" to "You Said a Mouthful". So why would movie fans wish to buy the 1-16 book as well, when all its info is included in 1-24? The answer: Different illustrations: 36 classic movie posters reproduced in full color -- if your device will enable color!>

Also please check out BELOW or at http://filmindex.0catch.com for details of my book, "SILENT FILMS & EARLY TALKIES ON DVD: A Classic Movie Fan's Guide". This was the first book of the new series in which I review classic movies now available on DVD.

The second book in this series, MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD is also now on sale. Kindle editions of both these books currently sell for only $3.99! Kindle editions of the third and fourth books, BRITISH MOVIE ENTERTAINMENTS and WESTERNS are also available. E-books of these titles are also sold at other online stores including Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc.

All the movies in these initial books have not only been detailed and reviewed, but rated for DVD quality on a scale of 1 to 10. You'll save the cost of these essential books on just one or two DVD purchases (or non-purchases)!

"ANOTHER WINNER FROM JOHN HOWARD REID!" says Roy Salmons in the October issue of "International Movie Making". MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD is a mammoth, 468-page volume, describing, detailing and evaluating well over 700 movies in this category that are now available on DVD. Many of these classic films are available from more than one source. Don't waste your money on an inferior disc. The most expensive DVD version is not necessarily the best! Why pay $29.95 when a superior DVD of the same title is sitting in the $2 bin? I examined over 1,200 DVDs. Here are Amazon links. Those without prices are Kindle editions. Don't have a Kindle? Like to know more about this amazing device where you can instantly cross-reference movie credits? Here are links for you too!

BOOKS ON CLASSIC MOVIES DON'T GO OUT OF DATE! The good news is that occasionally FIVE or SIX books are "on special" at Amazon: "HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS 2: B Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies" is occasionally on special for only $8.66 (normally $19.95); "Movie Westerns: Hollywood Films the Wild, Wild West" is sometimes downpriced to only $14 (normally $24.95); and "Hollywood's Miracles of Entertainment" occasionally sells for only $13.06 (recommended retail is $19.95).

As said above, if you go to your local Amazon store, you'll also find details of the $2.99 Kindle editions.

Yet some more good news is that "Award-Winning Films of the 1930s" is now back in print. And so it should be! It's one of the top-selling $2.99 books at Amazon's Kindle store. The regular print edition usually sells for $19.95. Would you believe that one store was advertising a copy for sale at over $100?

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MUSICALS is a must for all movie musical fans."John Howard Reid's film books go from strength to strength. Ideal for the movie buff, DVD and film collectors, these books are crammed full of facts, with many excellent illustrations. A magnificent publication." -- Roy Salmons in International Movie Making

HOLLYWOOD'S CLASSIC COMEDIES features "A massive 200 entries and a great cover with a full color lobby card of Hold That Ghost. The detailed reviews read like a who's who of comedy films, which will provide the movie enthusiast with a wealth of information that cannot be found in any other publication. Fascinating! A must-have book!" -- Ross Adams in Dress Circle Magazine (August).

Please scroll right down for details of my privately printed book on CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS, featuring 206 wonderful posters in full color!

When movie lovers think of science-fiction, fantasy and horror, titles that inevitably come to mind will likely be included in this book. These films are examined, with complete cast, credit and release details. Plus a listing of 130 Top Flights of Film Fantasy. Plus 25 reproductions of classic posters.  

GREAT HOLLYWOOD WESTERNS: Classic Pictures, Must-See Movies & "B" Films. A round-up of favorite westerns from "Aces and Eights" to "River of No Return", from "Big Calibre" to "The Yodellin' Kid from Pine Ridge". 35 great illustrations plus TEN Marilyn Monroe posters from "River of No Return".

GREAT CINEMA DETECTIVES: Best Movies of Mystery, Suspense and Film Noir. Providing an overview of the entire thriller genre, this book examines over 160 movies from classic Hollywood and British studios.

BEST WESTERN MOVIES: Winning Pictures, Favorite Films and Hollywood "B" entries. The price: $19.95.

SUCCESS IN THE CINEMA: Money-Making Moves and Critics' Choices. This book examines over one hundred movies that have achieved success in the cinema. Each film is accompanied by detailed credits and release information. & 

MORE MOVIE MUSICALS. Many of your favorite movie musicals are sure to be represented in this book.

HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS INDEX BOOKS 1-16: A-Z. This is not only a vital reference source, providing classic cinema fans with a comprehensive Index to all the movies detailed in the previous books (with all title changes meticulously cross-referenced, plus year of production), it also supplies a visual feast for admirers and collectors of vintage movie posters. Over 200 of these wonderfully striking works of art are reproduced in this large-format book.

 

CinemaScope Two: 20th Century-Fox by John Howard Reid: Where would we be without 20th Century-Fox?

CinemaScope One: Stupendous in 'Scope by John Howard Reid: This introductory volume of 172 large-format pages, presents a general overview of CinemaScope and other widescreen innovations (including 3-D).

CinemaScope 3: Hollywood Takes the Plunge: Only $24.50 from online booksellers.

 

"A magnificent publication." -- Rodney Bourke in International Movie Making

16. HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MUSICALS: Great, Good and Glamorous. As the name implies, this beautifully presented, large format, 270-page book, covers movie musicals, providing cast, credit and background details. Around 140 movies all told are included, plus some nice reproductions of original film posters. At $19.95, this lavish book represents a real bargain.      

FILMS FAMOUS, FANCIFUL, FROLICSOME & FANTASTIC by John Howard Reid. Remember Humpy, the Talking Camel? It's amazing how many people do, even though he made only the one movie. Humpy proved so popular and made so much money for Universal, the studio embarked on its low-budget Francis, the Talking Mule, series just two years later. But Humpy's initial (and only) picture was this big, "A", Technicolor opus. Well, that's just one of the movies covered in FILMS, FAMOUS, FANCIFUL, FROLICSOME & FANTASTIC. Plus the movie that director John Farrow told me was his best picture! (Hint, it stars his favorite actor, Ray Milland). In fact, over 160 movies are detailed and reviewed in this 256-page book. Plus a monograph on director of Fred Zinnemann. 35 pages of illustrations, plus full-color covers. Only $19.95 from Amazon.

   

America's Best, Britain's Finest: A Survey of Mixed Movies by John Howard Reid. In this large, 330-page book, I examine nearly two hundred interesting movies with casts and/or production personnel of mixed nationalities. Can you name a very famous British film, starring William Holden, that was written by two Americans from a popular book by a French author? Hint: The film went on to win an extremely large number of worldwide movie awards. This book is now available at Amazon and other book stores. Only $19.95 for a large-sized, 330-page book. Now that's a bargain!

MOVIE MYSTERY & SUSPENSE: In addition to the many movie details, there are monographs on two masters of the genre: ROBERT SIODMAK and OTTO PREMINGER. 226 pages. Only $19.95 from online booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

 

 THESE MOVIES WON NO HOLLYWOOD AWARDS:

Special added feature: a monograph on one of the greatest directors ever to come out of Hollywood, Henry Hathaway. The normal price of $19.95 is a good bargain for this fascinating book.

 

"A great new book in this interesting series. Fascinating!" -- Ross Adams in Dress Circle Magazine .

 

MOVIES MAGNIFICENT: 150 Must-See Cinema Classics: Few people would argue with the films selected for detailed notices and reviews in this book. Many of the movies are award-winners, and most chalked up impressive figures at the box-office.

HOLLYWOOD "B" MOVIES: A treasury of Thrills, Spills and Chills: By the mid-1930s, cinema patrons insisted on value-for-money. Double feature programs became mandatory at all neighborhood cinemas. On many occasions picturegoers felt the unheralded pre-Interval movie had actually proved more entertaining than the widely advertised main attraction. More than two hundred of these wonderful "B" film classics from the golden age of Hollywood are described, reviewed and detailed in this book.

Hollywood Classics Nine: HOLLYWOOD GOLD: FILMS OF THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES by John Howard Reid. Hollywood's Golden Era? I'd pick the period from 1939 through 1960. Here are 144 classic movies from this Golden Age of the Cinema. Only $19.95.!

Hollywood Classics Eight: HOLLYWOOD'S MIRACLES OF ENTERTAINMENT The films covered range from Fred Zinnemann's 1948 "Act of Violence" to Metro's commercially unsuccessful "Yellow Jack" (1938) which attempted to cash in on Sidney Howard's fame as the screenwriter of "Gone With The Wind". $24.95 in stores. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $13.06!


Hollywood Classics Seven: YOUR COLOSSAL MAIN FEATURE PLUS FULL SUPPORT PROGRAM by John Howard Reid: Remember the days when no neighborhood cinema worth its salt would consider showing just ONE movie? Two features were the rule. Plus shorts. Plus cartoons. Usually $24.95 in stores. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $19.95!

Hollywood Classics Six: Popular Pictures of the Hollywood 1940s The title says it all. A feast of movie data with full cast and technical credits, release information, etc. U.S. bookshop price: $19.95. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL AT AMAZON FOR ONLY $14.95!

 

Hollywood Classics Five: Memorable Films of the Forties The title and front cover say it all.

U.S. bookshop price: $19.95.

 

 

Hollywood Classics Four: MOVIE WESTERNS: Hollywood Films the Wild, Wild West.

U.S. bookshop price: Normally $19.95. Special price at Amazon: only $14.00! Over 270 pages, including 44 reproductions of classic posters, a filmography of Charles Starrett's work, and a breakdown of the various "Zorro" movies.

 

Hollywood Classics Three: Award-Winning Films of the 1930s

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Hollywood Classics Two: "B" Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies U.S. bookshop price: $19.95. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $9.62!

 

Hollywood Classics One: New Light on Movie Bests

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CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS: This beautiful, extra-luxurious, privately printed book of 166 large-format pages, featuring no less than 206 classic movie posters, all superbly reproduced in FULL COLOR, can only be obtained direct from Lulu Press. The price is only $29.95 for this magnificent, labor-of-love, large-format book.

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CINEMASCOPE 3: HOLLYWOOD TAKES THE PLUNGE. Liz Taylor figures on the color cover as her "Cleopatra" is one of the featured films. On the back cover (it's in full color too), you'll find Marilyn Monroe in "The Seven Year Itch".  This third collection of widescreen wonders photographed in CinemaScope, offers 367 big pages in all, including 60 pages of poster reproductions and photos.