Trevor Howard: The Man and His Films - Michael MunnLondon: Robson Books, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Filmography;
From the cover: “For most of his career Trevor Howard was described in every newspaper as a ‘hell raiser’. Yet it was an image he disputed to the very end: ‘I’ve never raised hell, amigo. I just like to enjoy myself, that’s all’.
And enjoy himself he certainly did, usually in the company of good friends like Bernard Lee, Carol Reed and Robert Mitchum, beginning an evening in the studio bar after a hard day’s filming and moving on to favourite restaurants which welcomed his famous ‘roar’ as he came through the doors and then, occasionally, on to exotic Greek islands. As actor Patrick Newell noted, ‘He went out for a few days, never for an hour’.
Yet to everyone who knew him well he was also a home-loving man, happily married (to actress Helen Cherry) and with a charm and a gentleness that never failed to endear him to all who met him. He was an actor of enormous talent who, from 1945 when he made his film debut in Brief Encounter, earned the reputation as one of Britain’s most gifted actors, appearing in more than 80 films for cinema and television.
His sheer professionalism led him into conflict with a number of major Hollywood stars, notably Marlon Brando, who pushed Howard’s patience to the limit during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty. Also, as revealed here for the first time, he had an unhappy experience filming Van Ryan’s Express with Frank Sinatra and, while making The Long Duel, he very nearly hit his co-star Yul Brynner and eventually refused to shoot scenes with him.
Michael Munn’s lively portrait of this fascinating and colourful character makes for absorbing reading.”