Francis X. Bushman - King of The Movies

Francis X. Bushman - King of The Movies
40% OFF
Rating 4.9
16 ratings
Hurry! Only 2 left Sorry no back-orders
List Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $19.95
SUPER SAVINGS: $14.96 Limited Time Only
You Save: $9.99 (40% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 1-3 business days
Item:  BK 2554

Book Details

  • 363 Pages
  • Paperback
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Publisher: BearManor Media

Authors:

Author: &

Description by OLDIES.com:

Francis X. Bushman had a life like no other.

He was the screen's first great romantic idol, a bodybuilder, an artist's model, a Broadway and stock company actor, a husband (four times), a father (six times), a dog breeder, a songwriter, a vaudeville headliner, a radio performer, a television personality, a senior citizens' advocate. He lived an exaggerated life, both as a free-spending multi-millionaire star and a bankrupt has-been. After all the accolades and criticisms, he was that rare kind of man who had no regrets.

This is his story ...

Product Description:

Francis X. Bushman had a life like no other. Most people remember him today as the villain, Messala, in the first full-length version of Ben-Hur (1925), but he had been in hundreds of silent movies before. He was the screen's first great romantic idol in more than 300 silent films made at Essanay in Chicago, Illinois. He went from being a bodybuilder and an artist's model to a Broadway and stock company actor. He was a husband (four times), a father (six times), and a dog breeder. He signed with Metro Pictures, the forerunner of MGM, and embarked on a lucrative career as one of Hollywood’s A-list stars in an era characterized by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Lon Chaney, but then his affair with actress Beverly Bayne became known by the public, and his carrier toppled. He was allegedly blacklisted by Louis B. Mayer at MGM. He transitioned to talkies, but an equally prominent career in sound films eluded him. He found work during the Great Depression as a businessman, a songwriter, a Vaudeville headliner, and an Old Time Radio performer on the CBS Radio network's long-running dramatic soap opera serial entitled Those We Love with Robert Cummings. In later years, he made guest appearances on television, playing roles on Peter Gunn, Make Room for Daddy, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and Dr. Kildare. In 1956, Bushman appeared in a Burns and Allen episode where he played himself. He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, and he appeared in two science fiction films, 12 to the Moon (1960) released by Columbia Pictures and The Phantom Planet (1961) released by American International Pictures. He also appeared as a villain in two episodes of the Batman television series (1966). He lived an exaggerated life, both as a free-spending multi-millionaire star and a bankrupt has-been. After all the accolades and criticisms, he was that rare kind of man who had no regrets. Lon Davis and Debra Davis’ richly researched book features many photographs and illustrations that capture the glamour and excitement of Hollywood ’s Golden Years. 368 pages, including a Filmography.
BearManor Media

Customers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 4.9
Based on 16 ratings.
Be the first Customer to write an online review of this product!

Similar Products:

Labels:

Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 36,444
  • ISBN: 1593934521
  • EAN: 9781593934521
  • International Shipping: 2 items