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Richard Widmark : a bio-bibliography
Holston, Kim R., 1948-
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1990.
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xii, 148 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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This bio-bibliography is the first book to examine the life and career of one of Hollywood's most durable leading men, Richard Widmark. Though never considered in the same star category as Burt Lancaster or Gregory Peck, his era, Widmark nonetheless established himself as a dependable and popular leading man in westerns, dramas, adventures, gangster and war films, and by 1984, he had appeared in 62 full-length films. From his earliest days in radio and on stage, to more recent appearances in films and on television, the entire performing arts career of Richard Widmark is chronicled in this volume, and documented with complete bibliographic entries.

Respecting Widmark's reputation for privacy, Holston has focused on the public aspect of the actor's career, tracing the abundance of interesting on-screen events that have made up his life. The book begins with a chronology of significant dates and events in Widmark's career and is followed by a biographical sketch. Separate sections cite credits for radio, Broadway stage, film, and television appearances, as well as a complete listing of Widmark works that are available on home video. The book concludes with a lengthy annotated bibliography of works about Widmark, as well as a complete index. A number of illustrations are also included. As the only book devoted exclusively to Richard Widmark, this work will be a valuable resource to film fans and scholars, an important reference for courses on motion picture history and the development of the film industry, and a significant addition to university and public libraries.

Author Notes

KIM HOLSTON is a librarian who has written extensively on films and movie stars. His previous publications include The Marching Band Handbook , Starlet: Biographies, Filmographies, TV Credits and Photos of 54 Famous and Not So Famous Leading Ladies of the Sixties , and the 1989 B Movies Calendar .

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Widmark has not yet written an autobiography and there are no currently available monographic biographies devoted solely to him. Thus Holston's nicely arranged biobibliography will bridge the information gap on this "tried and true" actor. The biographical sketch and the chronology both supply quick and easy access to important highlights in Widmark's career. The Broadway stage and television credits are well formulated and include story synopses and one review for each entry. The annotated filmography is very thorough, but its wordiness hinders use: credits cited include each and every minor cast member who played alongside Widmark. The radio credits have not been researched well. Most of the performances mentioned are followed by "appearance date unknown." Those that are documented are narrowed down only to a specific year, no actual dates are given. The subject index (which refers directly to citation numbers in the main text) demonstrates proof that this biobibliography is indeed well organized and easy to use. The 12 black-and-white photos and movie stills will add to the reader's enjoyment. The "Widmark on Video" list is handy for quick reference to currently available movies. Recommended for libraries supporting film-related research on a serious scale. -R. C. Dickey, University of North Texas

Table of Contents

Chronology Biographical Sketch Radio Credits Stage Credits (Broadway)
Annotated Filmography Television Credits Widmark on Video Annotated