Mantan Moreland - Mantan the Funnyman: The Life and Times of Mantan Moreland

Mantan Moreland - Mantan the Funnyman: The Life
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  • 271 Pages
  • Released: February 14, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Publisher: Midnight Marquee Press



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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.

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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.

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Very disappointing biography Customer: from Glen Head, NY US -- September, 1, 2007

I'm very disappointed. Written by the huge Moreland fan (and one of my favorite writers) Michael Price this book is a confused mess. The first sixty or seventy pages of this book doesn't really deal with Moreland, rather it deals with Price's love Moreland, his travels through black culture and the backlash of the racial stereotypes in shows like Amos and Andy or personified by actors like Mantan. While the chapters are suppose to give an overview of the times during Moreland's career, they are so unfocused, repetitive and unconnected that they seem to have been inserted into the book randomly. Price spends a great deal of time on Amos and Andy but never connects it or the controversy to Moreland. I also didn't really care for Price's personal recollections of talking to Jazz and Blues men where he mentions discussing Moreland with them. The recollections don't seem to lead anywhere and other then stating a shared love, it means nothing. If all of this was to put Moreland's rise and fall in some sort of context it didn't work since I felt just as lost as before I started the book. After first random sixty odd pages the actual story of Moreland's life begins. Told mostly using the recollections of Moreland's daughter this does begin to fill in the Moreland story, but its still not meaty enough. Price admits that he's working with a lack of material for some of the story but he could have weaved it together to tell a story that has more emotions and doesn't seem to be the Cliff Notes story of Moreland's life. Couldn't he have found more people to talk to then just Moreland's daughter? Don't get me wrong once it gets going the book is informative, but at the same time there is more to the story than we are being told, such as the battles within the Black community over whether to accept or reject Moreland and Amos and Andy (Why couldn't he have structured this as a story of Moreland's life paralleling the civil rights movement? A recent book on filmmaker Andy Milligan got around lack of material by dropping Milligan from the stage for large portions of the book and showing us the times he lived in). The brevity of the narrative is too small for what Price wants to do and the whole thing ends up being neither fish nor fowl (the book is about 145 pages before it switches to discussion (another 130 pages) of Moreland's body of work).
Only for those who really want to have so idea of the life of Mantan Moreland, all others need not apply.

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  • ISBN: 188766470X
  • EAN: 9781887664707
  • Shipping Weight: 8.50/lbs (approx)
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