Killer Tomatoes - Book Review

By Monica Sullivan
If you are a late night movie buff, here’s the deal: There is no cure.  But you really aren’t looking for one, are you?  What you need is hard core information about late night stars.  Has McFarland Book Publishers got the book for you: “Killer Tomatoes” by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner.

“Killer Tomatoes” is an essential buff’s book.  The cast includes: Lucille Ball, Lynn Bari, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Gloria Grahame, Jean Hagen, Adele Jergens, Ida Lupino, Marilyn Maxwell, Jane Russell, Ann Sheridan, Barbara Stanwyck, Claire Trevor, Marie Windsor and more.  Ann Sheridan, for example, was SUCH a hard-boiled presence throughout her career that her early death deprived us of her voice and insights.  Extensive interviews cover that gap here.

Filmographies for each are included, and there are over 80 stills of these tough women with their male and female costars. 

Laura Wagner is one of the more perceptive contributors to Classic Images.  It’s a pleasure to read her punchy reports on the tough tomatoes. 

The introduction is by Jane Russell and there is an extensive index and a bibliography for more late night research.

“Killer Tomatoes” is highly recommended by this reviewer and you can obtain a copy of the book at or call 800-253-2187.

© 2016 - Monica Sullivan - Air Date: 11/16/16
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