What was the first TV show to air in color? Where did the term "vaudeville" originate? What exactly does a best boy do on a movie set? These questions and many, many more are answered in this compendium of mind-boggling facts, fascinating lore, insider stories, and illuminating statistics about the theater, cinema, and television. Journalist James Inverne has unearthed page after page of information: exorbitant production costs, petulant star demands, great successes, dismal failures, near misses, sweet inspirations, and infamous stunts throughout acting history. Stage and Screen Trivia is an irresistible collection of facts, quotes, and anecdotes for trivia buffs and pop culture fans.
This is a dangerous book. It has no table of contents and no obvious organizing principle. That means you don't know what you'll encounter on any page and you won't be able to stop wondering what surprises are lurking on the next. Hours later you'll probably still be turning pages because every one of these pages overflows with irresistible information. Where else will you find, within one volume: