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Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews

Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews
by Carl Rollyson

From the Author:
Dana Andrews (1909-1992) worked with distinguished directors such as John Ford, Lewis Milestone, Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, William Wyler, William A. Wellman, Mervyn Le Roy, Jean Renoir, and Elia Kazan. He played romantic leads alongside the great beauties of the modern screen, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson, Merle Oberon, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Maureen O’Hara, and most important of all, Gene Tierney, with whom he did five films. Retrospectives of his work often elicit high praise for an underrated actor, a master of the minimalist style. His image personified the “male mask” of the 1940s in classic films such as Laura, Fallen Angel, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, in which he played the “masculine ideal of steely impassivity.” No comprehensive discussion of film noir can neglect his performances. He was an “actor’s actor.”

Here at last is the complete story of a great actor, his difficult struggle to overcome alcoholism while enjoying the accolades of his contemporaries, a successful term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and the love of family and friends that never deserted him. Based on diaries, letters, home movies, and other documents, this biography explores the mystery of a poor boy from Texas who made his Hollywood dream come true even as he sought a life apart from the limelight and the backbiting of contemporaries jockeying for prizes and prestige. Called “one of nature’s noblemen” by his fellow actor Norman Lloyd, Dana Andrews emerges from Hollywood Enigma as an admirable American success story, fighting his inner demons and ultimately winning.

 

 

The Long Dusty Trail - Book 2

The Long Dusty Trail (Wild Horses of Wild Mesa)

Part Two in the Trilogy
by Mel Adkins

From the Author:
The Wild Horses of White Mesa is the second installment of the Long Dusty Trail series, and tells of Jim Highsaw and Josh Randles efforts to save their army contracts for supplying beef and horses to Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. When the snow storm of the century kills off most of their herds, they are forced to resort to catching wild horses to fill those contracts. Outlaws, crooked gamblers, and just plain bad men add to the problems of raising their high spirited sons, Bobby Glasgow and Jack Highsaw

 

 

The Long Dusty Trail - Book 3

The Long Dusty Trail (Birth of an Outlaw)

Part Three in the Trilogy
by Mel Adkins

From the Author:
This is the third and final book in the ‘Long Dusty Trail’ series. It brings to an end the struggle of one families determination to build a cattle empire in the foot hills of the southern Rocky Mountains. Rustlers, thieves, bandits, and Indans have plagued the “Flying C Ranch” both on the long dusty trail from Kansas City with the first herd of Herefords, to the sensless killing of Bob Glasgow on his front porch.
“Slim Randles” western author and currently a syndicated columnist of “Home Country”says; “Mel Adkins writing is right up there with Louis L’ Amour’s and this is an amazing saga of a fascinating ranch family set in the majesty of the West in the 1880’s A real page turner.”