to Jan Alan Henderson and Steve Randisi for their wonderful
collaboration on the film career of the legendary George Reeves.
It is most obviously a labour of love and a "Must Have"
for every George Reeves fan. A wealth of information pertaining
to each one of his films along with nuggets of info about other
character actors as well. (many of whom made future appearances
on the Adventures of Superman).
The photo gallery at the end of the book is really fantastic.
Finally, a book that brings to light the entire career of the one
and only George Reeves aka "Superman." DonD (Clifton,
~ Jim Nolt ~
The book has
been available for several weeks already, but I wanted to take my
time to read through it and look at all the wonderful photos
before I wrote my review of Behind The Crimson Cape - The
Cinema of George Reeves. Of course from conversations with
Jan Alan Henderson I know much of what would be included even
before the book saw print, but I was genuinely surpised by how
well the information is presented. If you are like me and
treasure knowledge, you will enjoy these 330 pages. Henderson and
Randisi give us a complete run down of George's Hollywood career
from Ride, Cowboy Ride in 1939 to the last episodes of
Superman in 1957. And each entry is backed up with
photographs... many of which I had never seen before. I was
especially excited about the photos that accompanied the section
on George's "Fair Tour" of 1957. There is George (with
Noel, Nati Vacio, Gene LaBell) doing what he did best...
entertaining a generation of children who continue to appreciate
and value his efforts. Behind the Crimson Cape is a
valuable resource... one that I will refer to often.
~ Bill Davis, Canada ~
I just finished reading Behind The Crimson Cape, and I
must say I was most impressed! Jan Alan Henderson (once again!)
and Steve Randisi have done an outstanding job. Informative,
fact-filled and fun, this book is a definite highlight to my
George Reeves/Superman collection. Jim, please feel free to use
my positive review on your site, if you so desire. Fans of George
Reeves must own this book.
~ Ralph Schiller ~
The Crimson Cape: The Cinema Of George Reeves by authors Jan
Alan Henderson and Steve Randisi is a magnificent film book on
the motion picture career of George Reeves, best known for
playing the title role in the famed television series the
Adventures Of Superman
(1951 - 1957).
Behind The Crimson Cape is a handsome, hardbound,
337 page volume that documents the entire film career of George
Reeves, film by film in chronological order, covering no less
than 58 feature length films and 12 short subjects. It also
contains hundreds of rare photographs from his many films.
Authors Henderson and Randisi did extensive research, and
uncovered several previously unknown George Reeves film
appearances. They even included for complete thoroughness several
U.S. Army training films that Reeves made while serving in World
Every single film credit contains a plot narrative,
detailed movie credits, and a great deal of intriguing film
history regarding George Reeves and his co-players. Movie fans,
film buffs and historians will be delighted to discover that
Behind The Crimson Cape: The Cinema Of George Reeves was
written by Jan Alan Henderson and Steve Randisi in the format of
the old Citadel 'Films Of ....' series, and will therefore become
a priceless addition to their movie book libraries.
Even though George Reeves died suddenly and violently in
1959 at the still young age of 45, authors Jan Alan Henderson and
Steve Randisi remind us that he was an incredibly gifted,
multi-talented actor who displayed genuine star charisma.
There is a poignant epilogue to this book where the authors
inform us that this volume was for readers to find the real
legacy of George Reeves, his gallery of performances and body of
work on motion-picture film. They write that many people have
tried to investigate the death of George Reeves, "but after
four and a half decades decades, no one has solved the crime! No
one has come close." For once, the authors are wrong.
There is one literary book that does solve the case on the
mysterious death of George Reeves, or at least comes close enough
so that the discerning reader can judge for him or herself. That
book is Speeding Bullet published in 1999, and written by
Jan Alan Henderson!
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