Last year, I ordered a copy of Eduardo Moreno's book, "The Films of Susan Hayward", from a list of used books on Amazon. What a treat!
For those who haven't read it:
Not only did I find the collection of photos far more extensive than I'd imagined, but his writing, his quips (and not just the 'old chestnuts') about Susan H. and her films--plus his obvious admiration for her love of acting, her special ability and her dedication to her chosen profession--made this a book well-worth hunting down.
By the way, for those, who like I do, find black and white photos particularly absorbing--this book will definitely attract you.
If there are errors in any of his descriptions of Susan and her films, I just don't have any knowlege of them---but it wouldn't change my extreme enjoyment of this photographic and written tribute to her! (After his description of each film, he includes "Notes" about them and some of the critics' reviews. And I did appreciate those 'extras'.)
Also--as I am a lover of humor--I found within his introduction and short bio of her, his (and others') off-beat commentary about Susan's endless film roles fighting off 'trials and tribulations' so amusing! While I don't know where these comments came from (Moreno or others in the industry), it was said that: 'She had a taste for strong drama, and her movie ventures were so abundant in personal misfortunes that she was called 'Hollywood's best sparring partner and 'the first female masochist of the screen'!
Moreno then goes on to list many of these 'cinematic misfortunes'--movie by movie....including "Slapped and pushed around by Richard Conte in 'House of Strangers' "; "Almost strangled by Jay Robinson in 'Demetrius and the Gladiators' "; "Maltreated by Ghengis Kahn in 'The Conqueror' "; "Poisoned by Rex Harrison in 'The Honey Pot' "; "Brutally beated by Richard Egan and hit by tropical storms in 'Untamed' "; and, of course, "Executed in the Gas Chamber in 'I Want to Live'! The list continues, but I'll stop here!
Anyway.......did I mention that I liked Moreno's book!!
Just for your info, in case you haven't read it and been bowled over by all the photographs (including reprints of Susan's early history in the rather hilarious world of advertising!).......it was written in 1979 and put out by Citadel Press. My edition is about an 8" by 11" size, soft-cover (and in sad shape from my tendency to rather maul it, opening and closing it way too many times to count--as if I was anxiously 'cramming' for a college exam in "Susan Hayward 101")!
Enough said! I would imagine that just about all of you have already read and own the book! But for those, like I, who knew nothing about it, it was a real surprise to learn of it. And a joy to add to my budding "Susan Hayward Library"!!
YES...I also have this book and think it is one of the 'very best' you can get on photos of Susan. Toward the end of the book, there are also two posed shots of her from her only stage appearance..in..MAME..and they are 'hard to find' photos, which makes this a real 'treat'.
The only thing I would add to what has already been said..is that I liked 'who' Mr. Moreno dedicated the book to:
"To the memory of My mother Ofelia, who gave me a taste for the movies
Susan Hayward, who gave me countless hours of delight from the silver screen."
The book is (like Lynn said) from CITADEL PRESS out of SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY.
from 1968. I bought mine from Larry Edmunds Cinema Bookstore in Hollywood, which I hear is no longer there.
OH..I just pulled the book to take a look for an address:
Published by CITADEL PRESS a division of
LYLE STUART INC.
120 ENTERPRISE AVE.
SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY 07094
Manufactured in the United States
HALLIDAY LITHOGRAPH, WEST HANOVER, MASS.
"THE FILMS OF SUSAN HAYWARD"
Like both Trish and Lynn has mentioned...if you don't have this large soft cover book..you are missing out on some of 'the best' Susan photos..ever!!..