Bookshelf
 



More than a few books have been published over the years which fans of Genevieve may find of great interest.

     
 
     
The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall
By Eve Golden with Kim Kendall (2002)

At the age of 30, British born comedic actress Kay Kendall had finally reached the pinnacle of professional and personal success: she was Britain's biggest, most glamorous comic star since Gertrude Lawrence, and she stood at the altar to marry Rex Harrison, who had just taken Broadway by storm in My Fair Lady. But behind her dazzling smile and growing fame was an air of tragedy.

Since her teens, Kendall had dashed madly through life, working her way through one show and movie after another and surviving the distinction of appearing in the biggest box-office flop in British history. Her private life was even more colorful than the plots of her films as she embarked on a series of affairs with minor royalty, costars, directors, producers, and married men.

Kendall finally found stardom in the 1953 comedy Genevieve. Often compared to Carole Lombard and Lucille Ball, she went on to score success after success with her light style in movies such as Doctor in the House, The Reluctant Debutante , and the Gene Kelly musical Les Girls.

   
In 1954 she fell in love with her married Constant Husband costar Rex Harrison and accompanied him to New York. It was there that Kendall was diagnosed with myelocytic leukemia. Harrison, who had divorced his wife in order to marry Kendall, agreed with their doctor that she was never to know of her diagnosis. For the next two years, the couple lived a hectic, glamorous life together, despite Kendall's failing health. She died in London at the age of 32, shortly after completing the filming of Once More with Feeling! , her husband by her side.

The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall was written with the cooperation of Kendall's sister Kim and includes interviews with many of her costars, relatives, and friends. A complete filmography and numerous rare photographs complete this first-ever biography of the star with a joyous passion for life.

-From the dust jacket.


MORE OR LESS
By Kenneth More (1978)

This is the story of Britain's best-loved actor, a man who for millions epitomises the traditional British virtues of fortitude and fun.

Kenneth More is widely known for his immensely successful films - Doctor in the House, the immortal Genevieve, Sink The Bismark, Reach for the Sky, The Slipper and the Rose, and a score of others. He achieved national acclaim as Young Jolyon in the now legendary BBC TVseries The Forsyte Saga. On stage - in The Deep Blue Sea, On Approval, The Secretary Bird - he is one of the most highly parised actors pf the century.

Consequently, everyone thinks they know Kenneth More. But do they? Here, in this autobiography, he tells the full, frank story of a life as vivid and varied as any part he ever played.

His father, an inventor, inherited two fortunes and spent them, largely on his own ideas; and in the 1930's, among three million unemployed, his son was walking the streets of London in search of work.

     
One day, passing the Windmill Theatre, he saw above the dorr the name of the manager, Vivian Van Damm, a former acquaintance of his father. On an impulse he walked in, asked Van Damm for a job, and was put on to moving scenery at 10s 0d. a week. When an actor 'feeding' a cominc fell ill, Kenneth More filled in for him for an extra half a crown a week. From then on he decided his life lay in front of the scenery instead of behind it.
     

The story of his journey to the stars is packed with anecdotes - hilarious, outlandish, moving - including many about his six years of war service in the Navy. His infectious sense of fun and a love of life and his fellow men transcends many bitter and hitherto untold disappointments and private sadnesses. The millions who have laughed at Kenneth More, the happy extrovert, will now find another side to his character. It will captivate them even more.

-From the dust jacket.

   
HAPPY GO LUCKY
By Kenne
th More (1959)

What does a top film star really earn? What is it really like to rise from a job as a salesman in a grocery shop to become Britain's highest-paid screen personality? Kenneth More's own story provides the hilarious answers. It is a fascinating tale of laughs and thrills, tragedy, romance- and fantastic luck. He tells of spending every penny of a 600 inheritance in a monumental, three-month spree; of pulling off the bluff of inspecting guardsmen in Newcastle, when he was only a repertory actor; of winning a 1,250 contract simply because he turned up for an important interview in his shirt-sleeves; of a stormy meeting with Sir Alexander Korda who fumed at him: "You young puppy!"-and of the time in New York when he was nearly killed in a car crash while filming one morning, yet went into hospital, was patched up and returned to location to finish the shot in the afternoon. Kenneth More gives intimate glimpses of working with the big names ill show business-Dirk Bogarde, Clark Gable, John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Donald Sinden and many others. And he recounts, with many an anecdote, life with the screen's most beautiful women: Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield, Marlene Dietrich, and lovely Kay Kendall. Told with warmth and sincerity, and above all a tremendous sense of humour, Happy Go Lucky is the funniest, frankest show-business autobiography of the year.

-From the dust jacket.

   
GENEVIEVE
by James Dillon White
Hardcover, (left) 1955, Heinemann
Paperback, 1957, Pan


THE heroine of this story is at least fifty, her body is top-heavy, and she wears a garish red coat and a bonnet with brass trimmings. But she is a thoroughbred-a genuine 1904 model Darracq bought by Alan McKim's grandfather, kept running by his father and now entered each year by Alan himself for the Veteran Car Club's Annual Commemoration Run from London to Brighton. The trials and tribulations of Alan, his rival Ambrose Claverhouse, and particularly of their long -suffering womenfolk, have been turned into one of the most comic pictures of all time. Now James Dillon White has written a hilarious novel based on the Henry Cornelius film production Genevieve from the screen play by William Rose.     -From the dust jacket.
     

     

ME AND MY BIG MOUTH
By Larry Adler (1994)

Larry Adler is not merely a musician... he is a great controversial, cussed, crochety, glorious legend. He is also one of the wittiest and most formidable storytellers show business has ever produced. Now, at last, comes the spellbinding story of his charmed life, told to and revealed by his confidante Philip Judge. Larry takes us through his teens, when he rubbed shoulders with Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel in gangland Chicago. On through World War II and the crazy front-line tours with Jack Benny. Then he tells the story of his passionate affair with Ingrid Bergman. Larry was devastated when he was driven from the States by the wicked anti-communist campaign of Senator McCarthy, but he survived to laugh and play another day. In 1994, to celebrate his eightieth birthday, the stars queued up to sing with a living legend: Sting, Elton John, Carly Simon, Chris de Burgh, Lisa Stansfield, Mat Loaf, Sinead O'Connor and Elvis Costello among them.

Me and My Big Mouth is a brilliantly written, first person account of the evolution of show business and popular music in the twentieth century. It is a book to make you laugh out loud and to bring tears pricking the corners of your eyes.        -From the back cover.

GENEVIEVE 50 YEARS ON ROADBOOK
Mid Eastern Division Committee of Veteran Car Services, Ltd. (Given to event participants, 2002)

GENEVIEVE 50 YEARS ON was originally conceived as a rally to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the making of one of the great classic British films - GENEVIEVE . But how to celebrate? Well, with the people, cars and club which made the film possible, obviously, and by visiting as many of the locations used in the film as we could find.
The film was mainly shot in four areas: Pinewood Studios; the countryside around Pinewood; Central London; and a couple of shots in Brighton. Fortunately for the Mid East Section the first three of these are all within our area, and so the team set about pinpointing locations and setting routes to join them all together.

We will be covering some beautiful countryside and traveling along some wonderful roads. Needless to say, on a few occasions, we have had little option over the route to be taken and this has resulted in using some roads we would normally try to avoid - but there is nothing members haven't faced before and I am sure your efforts on the road will be more than rewarded.

-From the Introduction by Stephen Curry

J. ARTHUR RANK AND THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY
By Geoffrey Macnab (1993)

J. Arthur Rank charts every aspect of the robust film culture that Rank helped to create. Having started out with relatively little knowledge of the cinema, Rank's sponsorship was to bring about astounding progress within the industry. He bought the Odeon and Gaumont-British chains, made Inroads Into the American market and founded the Rank "Charm School" to create a British star system. He invested millions in a radical new technique, "Independent Frame", commissioned newsreels and children's film and set up a "B" Feature training studio. He opened an animation department to rival Disney and even acquired a meteorological company so that he could predict the weather during shoots.

Rank briefly managed to reconcile and consolidate the competing demands of "art" and "business" - an achievement very much absent from today's diminished and fragmented film industry. Macnab goes on to explain the eventual collapse of the Rank experiment amidst the economic and political maelstrom of post-war Britain, highlighting the problems still facing the industry today. 
  
-From the dust jacket

ARE  THEY REALLY SO AWFUL?
By Chris Challis  (1995)

CHRISTOPHER CHALLIS, a distinguished Director of Photography, worked in the British Film Industry for
almost fifty years and now looks back on a career that involved him with such giants as Alexander Korda, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger and Stanley Donen. Among the many films he photographed are: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, THE TALES OF HOFFMAN and -perhaps the most famous of them all - GENEVIEVE.

His compulsively readable memoirs reveal his joy in the madness of it all and tell of the vanity of Cary Grant; the warmth of Audrey Hepburn; the wit of Robert Morley; the professionalism of Sophia Loren; and the long lunches of Richard Burton. In his preface, Christopher Challis modestly deflects any comparison with David Niven. Although he may not be able to call upon empty horses, Mr. Challis does have a ballet-dancing donkey, a fish on drugs and an amorous stallion who took a shine to a leading lady. ARE THEY REALLY so AWFUL? was a question directed at Christopher Challis when he was a young man, and referred to everyone involved in the making of films. In retirement his answer to the question is 'Yes' - but his delightful memoir shows that he loved every
moment of it.      -From the dust jacket

VETERANS OF THE ROAD
By Elizabeth Nagle(1955)

On November 14th, 1954. the police estimated that over three million people turned out to watch the annual London to Brighton Run organised by the R.A.C. in association with the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain. This must surely be the largest crowd that has ever watched any sporting event in these islands, not excluding the Boat Race. It is a measure of the enormous nation-wide interest-one might call it a movement-in these sturdy, incredibly efficient and nostalgically beautiful VETERANS OF THE ROAD; an interest that has received the august approval of The Times, even -" The fondness for old cars has a justification of its own. It is, as anybody knows who has talked to the owner of one, or seen the delightful film Genevieve, a positive expression of individualism. ..a reaction, even a protest against the foolproof, automatic, modern car. But without the Veteran Car Club, there would have been very few Veterans left to take the road. The Club's energy, resourcefulness and devoted application in discovering, preserving and restoring to standards of the utmost road-worthiness many hundreds of early motor cars is unbelievable. In 1955 the Club celebrates its Silver Jubilee, and to commemorate the occasion, the Club's secretary, ELIZABETH NAGLE, has written this account of the Club's history, with the approval of the Club's
Committee and with the aid of the Club's most extensive and invaluable records.    -From the dust jacket.

Up ] Genevieve Rally July 2002 ] Models and More ] [ Bookshelf ] Genevieve Links ] Is This the Real Mr. McKim? ] What's Wrong Here? ] The 'Very Easy' Genevieve 50 Years On Quiz ] Genevieve Picture Gallery ] Music by Larry Adler ] Genevieve's History ] The Cast ] Filming Locations ] Making "Genevieve" ] London to Brighton 2000 ] Audio Clips ] Site Map ] Thanks ] Down Under ]