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On The Other Hand, A Life Story

by Fay Wray. Weidenfeld. Softcover. 270 pages. 5.99

On the Other Hand by Fay WrayFay Wray is perhaps everybodys favourite Scream Queen from the horror genre's heyday. Written while in her late eighties, Fay fondly recalls her most famous role cast as Ann Darrow alongside the "tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood", King Kong.
While Fay is firmly etched in our minds as the beautiful star who swooned, fainted and above all screamed at the hands of a whole host of demented scientists and rampaging monsters we tend to forget that her career included work in all genres beginning in 1925 with THE COAST PATROL. She continued to appear films alongside such luminaries as Erich von Stroheim in THE WEDDING MARCH (1928), Gary Cooper in THE FIRST KISS (1928), Emil Jannings in THE STREET OF SIN (1929), Ronald Coleman in THE UNHOLY GARDEN (1931) and with Jack Hulbert as his girlfriend in the superb BULLDOG JACK (1934).

Of course Fay's appearances in the horror genre established her reputation and cast her with some of the top names in the industry including Lionel Atwill in Dr. X (1932), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) and The Vampire Bat (1933); with Leslie Banks in The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and with Claude Rains in The Clairvoyant (1934). Unfortunately other than King Kong, Fay gives only a few passages and the briefest of mentions to her other genre works. To the horror film buff this may become rather frustrating and I would have thought that her horror film association is why many people would purchase this book in the first place, but after all this is a life story, and to afford every one of her 75 features in lenghty detail would probably be asking a bit too much!

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