"They were pioneers in the most glamorous business in the world, and you only know half of their story. Playbills To Photoplays reveals colorful episodes in the lives of the stars before they became stars. Everyone saw them, but few knew where they came from. This collection of essays follows some of the most famous names in show business from Vaudeville and Broadway to Hollywood, revealing a part of their lives that movie historians have neglected -- until now. I think this book is terrific. Its a must read for any fan of the silver screen, and the days when movie stars were real stars."
- Morgan Loew, great-grandson of Adolph Zukor, founder, Paramount Pictures,
and Marcus Loew, founder, Loews Theaters and MGM.
"Ms. Loews choice of performers to write about is amazingly diverse and fascinating, from character actors like Conrad Veidt to major stars like Katharine Hepburn. She has written a most compelling book about their transitions from stage to film... many of the stories new to me. Wonderful!"
- Joan Benny, daughter of comedian, Jack Benny, one of Americas greatest entertainment icons
of the 20th century, whose career included vaudeville, radio, movies and television.
"A nice compilation of essays on film stars who made the transition from the stage to early talkies with essays on Al Jolson, Mae West, Eddie Cantor, Harpo Marx, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Charley Grapewin, Ed Wynn, and the Morgans (Frank and Ralph). Some essays were much better than others - I loved the one on the Morgans, Burns and Allen, Harpo Marx, and Katharine Hepburn... I would highly recommend the book as it gives you a good idea what vaudeville and the Broadway stage was like in the early 20´s and what it was about these stars that allowed them to make the transition."