- 271 Pages
- Released: February 14, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Publisher: Midnight Marquee Press
Description by OLDIES.com:
A biography of the great Mantan Moreland, whose inspired performances brightened up many a Poverty Row programmer. An entertainer since his childhood, Mantan would appear on Broadway, star in a series of films from companies such as Toddy and Million Dollar Productions and become a sidekick to Charlie Chan. Although he was often given subservient parts, he managed to rise above the role and win a place in film history.
Mantan Moreland would become Louisiana s richest gift to the funnyman traditions of Old Hollywood. He would happily wield his charm and charisma as second banana in a slew of films of the 1930s and 40s. Moreland found his place in the spotlight, if not quite the sun, during the waxed-and-waning years of the Great God A mighty Depression as These United States lurched back toward prosperity via warfare. Thus situated, Moreland stood his ground for more than a decade before he found himself maneuvered toward a lower station in an upheaval of Cultural Correction. Mantan Moreland was one of Old Hollywood s most energetic comedians all due respect to the enshrined houses of Marx, Fields, Keaton and Chaplin. And Moreland s story, related in the most direct terms short of his own account, shows him to have been the most resilient, defiant and resurgent of that lot, as well. That is, within the limits imposed by the spirit of the times, a forgetful mass audience, and the disloyal marketplace itself. Hopefully Mantan the Funnyman will help Mantan Moreland find his well-deserved place in the sun.