Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre [*SIGNED*]
by Skal, David J., and Elias Savada
New York: Anchor Books. Fine in Near Fine dj. 1995. 2nd printing. Hardcover. 0-385-47406-7 . [very nice copy, appears unread, with no discernible wear; jacket shows of a smidge of surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by both authors on the title page, with an added inscription to a friend by author Savada. The first full-length biography of the director of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, DRACULA, FREAKS and other classics. "The authors chronicle Browning's turn-of-the-century flight from an eccentric Louisville family into the world of carnival sideshows (where he began his career literally buried alive) and vaudeville, his disastrous first marriage, his rapid climb to riches in the burgeoning silent film industry, and the alcoholism that would plague him throughout his life. Browning's legendary collaborations with Lon Chaney, Sr., and Bela 'Dracula' Lugosi are explored in depth, along with the studio politics that ended his career after the bizarre circus drama FREAKS -- a cult classic today -- proved to be one of the biggest box-office disasters of the early thirties." Fully one-third of the book is taken up by a very detailed filmography of Browning's work. Signed by All Authors . (Inventory #: 22198)
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