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The Family Guide to Classic Movies

By J.S. Ringler
OSS Publishing Company

PO Box 610
White Plains, NY 10603

The Family Guide to Classic Movies is designed to help parents find wholesome entertainment for their families. The author, J.S. Ringler, began watching classic movies (produced from the 1930s through the 1950s) with her uncle, an avid movie fan. She realized that many of these movies are entertaining, teach valuable lessons, and can be enjoyed by family members of all ages. The Family Guide to Classic Movies gives you a quick and easy way to find a classic movie your family is sure to enjoy.

Movies are presented in alphabetical order in an easy-to-read format. Symbols are used to identify the theme of each movie: comedy, drama, musical, action-adventure, animal story, Christmas, military, mystery-suspense, romance, and western. In some cases, more than one symbol will apply. The listing then shows the title, black & white or color, year, studio, stars, writers/director, a brief overview of the movie, and Academy Awards (if applicable). The story descriptions include helpful comments such as "funny fight sequence" and "a few special effects scenes that could be a little scary for fearful children" about Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man and "lots of swashbuckling action and loads of colorful costumes" in regards to The Adventures of Robin Hood.

This thick, easy-to-handle 8.5" x 5.5" comb-bound book is divided into two parts. The first 272 pages include the individual movie listings. With two movies per page, that gives you well over 500 movies to choose from. Pages 274 through 342 show snapshots of many of the stars, bits of trivia about the stars, their birthdates and places of birth, and other movies they acted in. At the end of the book are a few pages with updated biographies detailing what the stars have been doing in the recent past. Finally, there is an alphabetical index of movie titles.

This is a great book and a valuable resource for any family, and the low price makes it fit nearly any budget.

Product review by Dena Wood, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, March 2007

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