In and Out of Character

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1989 - Performing Arts - 278 pages
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Long out of print and virtually impossible to find even in the rare book market, this autobiography recalls to life one of the most eminent actors of his time. Romeo Katherine Cornell's Juliet on stage, Karenina to Garbo's Anna Karenina on film, Rathbone of course remains most indelibly the personification of Sherlock Holmes, a role he played in 16 films and over 200 radio broadcasts. His story, from his youth and early career touring the English provinces to his success on the London and Broadway stage and finally to the memorable Hollywood years, is rich and incident and warmed by a domestic life of uncommon devotion and respect. And it is story that reveals little known and surprising facts about his friends and colleages - both the famous and the infamous - such legendary figures as John Barrymore, Arthur Rubinstein, Irving Thalberg, Ronald Colman, Greta Garbo, Fritz Kreisler, and Marlee Dietrich, to name but a few. Like Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone struggled for perfection in his craft. Like the artist and the man himself, his autobiograophy is graced with charm, sincerity, elegance, and rare perception.
 

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Basil Rathbone recalls his life starting from his first few years in South Africa, then on to his upbringing in England, and his career on stage and in film, most notably as what some today still ... Read full review

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Contents

War
1
The Great Illusion
11
Repton School 190610
31
First Flush of Success
39
Ouida
50
A Gentlemans Gentleman
70
The World Is Not a Stage
87
Judas
109
A Home at Last
156
The War Years
165
Hi there Sherlock hows Dr Watson?
178
The Heiress
189
Goodby My Friend
207
JB
219
Last Act Please Curtain Going Up
228
And So Good Night
264

Katharine Cornell
119
Motion Pictures
127

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