A lot of books coming out the first full week in October. So all I can do is read like crazy and send out more reviews per week than usual. I hope that’s a win-win for all of us!
I think we all appreciate a “juicy” read once in a while. I know I feel better finding out that someone is not as perfect as publicists would lead us to believe. This book is not a juicy read. Even so, it’s one of the better biographies I’ve read and if you’re into film noir or mid-20th century westerns, it’s a must read. But back to why this isn’t a salacious read. Dan Duryea played some of the biggest crumbs in film history – real creeps. But in real life he was a family man and someone deeply concerned about his community. He was one of the good guys.
That fact had to make this biography a unique challenge for the author, Mike Peros. Since there wasn’t much to write about Duryea’s personal life, he wrote about the characters Duryea played in the many films and television productions in which he acted. That’s why it’s a must read for anyone interested in the film and television industry in the mid-20th century.
One of the best parts of non-fiction for me are the photographs and Peros include many personal photos from the Duryea family collection as well as many film stills. For most of us we’re only familiar with Duryea’s work from watching his films on television. Even as a kid if I saw there was something he was in, I watched it. He was a great actor. I think the author feels the same way; however, this isn’t a piece of fan art. Peros is just as quick to admit that Duryea didn’t always make the right decision when it came to his career – but then no one is perfect.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Have a good week!