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On the Good Ship Hollywood by John Agar (ebook)
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ON THE GOOD SHIP HOLLYWOOD by John Agar as told to L.C. Van Savage
For over 20 years, the name John Agar on a marquee meant action to moviegoers - from World War II land, sea and air battles, to the frontier west, to the new frontier of 1950s science fiction, where he stood fast against some of the era's most memorable movie monsters.
Agar's rise to fame was meteoric: During World War II, the $83-a-month buck sergeant met and later married "America's Sweetheart" Shirley Temple, and was soon offered a screen test and dramatic instruction by Hollywood mega-mogul David O. Selznick. He co-starred in his very first film, director John Ford's magnificent Fort Apache (1948), and parlayed that impressive debut role into a two-decade string of heroic leads. Steady work was the important thing to Agar, who easily alternated between A-pictures (Ford classics, Sands of Iwo Jima, more), drive-in favorites (Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula) and low-low-budget exploitation items.
A gracious, gentle man, Agar tells the bittersweet tale of his journey through life in this tribute volume, which also includes additional interview material and photos not only from his films but also his private life.