Trevor Howard: The Man and His Films (Michael Munn)

Trevor Howard: The Man and His Films (Michael Munn) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section. priced at just £4.00!

London: Robson Books, 1989, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Filmography;

From the cover: For most of his career Trevor Howard was described in every newspaper as a hell raiser. Yet it was an image he disputed to the very end: Ive never raised hell, amigo. I just like to enjoy myself, thats all.

And enjoy himself he certainly did, usually in the company of good friends like Bernard Lee, Carol Reed and Robert Mitchum, beginning an evening in the studio bar after a hard days filming and moving on to favourite restaurants which welcomed his famous roar as he came through the doors and then, occasionally, on to exotic Greek islands. As actor Patrick Newell noted, He went out for a few days, never for an hour.

Yet to everyone who knew him well he was also a home-loving man, happily married (to actress Helen Cherry) and with a charm and a gentleness that never failed to endear him to all who met him. He was an actor of enormous talent who, from 1945 when he made his film debut in Brief Encounter, earned the reputation as one of Britains most gifted actors, appearing in more than 80 films for cinema and television.

His sheer professionalism led him into conflict with a number of major Hollywood stars, notably Marlon Brando, who pushed Howards patience to the limit during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty. Also, as revealed here for the first time, he had an unhappy experience filming Van Ryans Express with Frank Sinatra and, while making The Long Duel, he very nearly hit his co-star Yul Brynner and eventually refused to shoot scenes with him.

Michael Munns lively portrait of this fascinating and colourful character makes for absorbing reading.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 194 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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