My latest book is here

It’s taken five years to put together, but my book Hollywood Musicals You Missed: 70 Noteworthy Films of the 1930s is now available. Like my previous effort, Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era, it’s a look at some less-heralded films, this time grouped by themes that reflected trends in the Depression-era American movie musical.

There is a chapter on early musicals worth re-evaluation, including extensive entries on the rarely viewed Are You There? (1930), Beatrice Lillie’s disastrous talkie starring debut, and It’s Great to Be Alive (1933), Fox’s quirky mix of musical, romantic comedy, science fiction, and gender role reversal. Other sections of the book deal with early “hillbilly” musicals, singing cowboy Westerns (among Gene Autry’s sci-fi-tinged The Phantom Empire and the all-“little people” sagebrusher The Terror of Tiny Town), songwriter tributes, opera-singer vehicles, and swing’s intro to film. We also look at some of the less-inspired 1930s efforts by some of Hollywood’s biggest musical stars.

You can visit the author’s page — — or,, or elsewhere for more information … or to order it, should you be interested.


Author: bradleyedwinm

My name is Edwin M. Bradley … but please call me Ed. I am the film curator at an art museum in Michigan. I was a daily newspaper movie reviewer for 20 years. I have authored four books about early film history, with emphases on pre-1940 musicals and the transition to sound. My latest is "Hollywood Musicals You Missed: 70 Noteworthy Films of the 1930s." My 2016 book, "Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era, 1929-39," was named by Huffington Post and Classic Images magazine as among the year's best new movie-related books.

2 thoughts on “My latest book is here”

  1. Very much looking forward to it. I have your other books and refer to them a lot. I met you at Cinesation in Saginaw in 1996 and treasure my autographed (hardcover!) copy of your first book. (I was/am the SHOW OF SHOWS fan!) I saw the preview of your latest on Amazon, but it doesn’t answer my burning question–does it include BLOSSOMS ON BROADWAY (1938)?


    1. Michael: I apologize for not replying sooner to this. I’m glad you enjoy my work, but, no, BLOSSOMS ON BROADWAY was not in the book. I have seen it, though … merely OK. Best to you … Ed


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