BOOKS OF INTEREST
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1. The Films of Alice Faye aka The Alice Faye Movie Book
The Films of Alice Faye by W. Franklyn Moshier, First Edition, 1971, self-published by author. Hard back, royal blue fabric cover with gold-leaf signature of Alice Faye. Plain white parchment dust jacket.
One of the best and most accurate books of its kind ever published. Contains story synopses, credits and cast for each film, over 250 illustrations, candid reviews, advertising posters, and sheet music covers. Highly praised.
The Films of Alice Faye by W. Franklyn Moshier, Second Edition, 1972, self-published by author. Hard back, royal blue fabric cover with gold-leaf signature of Alice Faye. Dust jacket, black and white portrait of Alice Faye from "Lillian Russell."
Added for this edition: color photo of Alice Faye, discography, section entitled "The Many Faces of Alice Faye" containing many photos. Same high quality as first edition.
The Alice Faye Movie Book by W. Franklyn Moshier. Published 1974 by Stackpole Books with permission of author. Hard back dark blue cover with gold print. Dust jacket, black and white portrait of Alice Faye from "The Gang's All Here" with pink and white background.
The contents of this book are the same as the Second Edition above with the exception of a full-page black and white portrait of Alice Faye and John Payne in "Good News" being inserted to replace the color portrait in the Second Edition.
The Alice Faye Movie Book by W. Franklyn Moshier. Published 1975 by A & W Visual Library with permission of author. Paperback with black and white 1930s portrait of Alice Faye on cover, black and pink trim. Back cover has full-length portrait of subject from "In Old Chicago." Contents same as The Alice Faye Movie Book in hard back above.
2. Alice Faye: A Bio-Bibliography by Barry Rivadue. Published 1990 by Greenwood Press. Hard back plain black cover, white printing framed with purple. Contains the following sections: biography, filmography, discography, broadcasting, stage, annotated bibliography, song sheets, and product endorsements. Over one dozen photos used throughout.
Contains a wealth of information but is loaded with inaccuracies and omissions, so it is highly unreliable. The author was more interested in getting it done now than getting it done right. A lost opportunity. We are embarrassed to have been associated with it.
3. Growing Older, Staying Young by Alice Faye with Dick Kleiner. Published 1990 by Dutton. Hard back with dust jacket, gold with photo of Alice Faye in red sweatsuit.
Alice offers health tips for living a rewarding life and includes many anecdotes about her fabulous days as a top star in the golden age of Hollywood. Great photo section.
4. Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen by Jane Lenz Elder. Published 2002 by University Press of Mississippi. Hard back with dust jacket, black and white early 1930s photo of Alice Faye with blue trim; black and white early 1930s photo of Alice on the back.
Film historian Jane Lenz Elder conducted interviews with Alice’s family, friends, and fans, consulted leading oral history collections, and dug through archives in California, New York, and Linton, Indiana (home to the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Collection), to create the most compelling, comprehensive, and accurate depiction of Faye’s life yet published. This is the first in-depth biography written on Alice Faye, and it is a worthy companion to the much heralded “The Films of Alice Faye” by W. Franklyn Moshier.
January 2013 - The paperback version of this book has now been published. It has the same front and back covers and contents as the hardback edition.