LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new book, Blast of Silence, sheds light on a three-decade career in film and television, from the late 1950s to the mid 1980s.
Allen Baron shares the following in his entertaining read:
- What is was like directing hit TV shows such as Charlie's Angels, Love Boat, MASH, Fantasy Island, Brady Bunch, Dukes of Hazzard, and Cagney and Lacey.
- What it was like to film a movie with the legendary Errol Flynn in Cuba just months after Castro came to power - and how after accidentally shooting a stranger he almost didn't make it back home.
- What it was like working with Ginger Rogers, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jaclyn Smith, Jane Wyman, Aaron Spelling, Timothy Dalton, Milton Berle, Eddie Albert, Vincent Price, and Farrah Fawcett.
- The inside scoop on what really takes place on and off the set of a major television show.
- Why so many movies get sold or started but never see the light of day.
- What it was like to spend time on the movie lots of Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal, and MGM.
- Why Jack Warner of Warner Bros. was a "stupid bigot."
In 1961, Blast of Silence debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, to critical acclaim. It was Baron's first movie. Universal acquired ownership of the independently made movie in perpetuity but ended up doing little with it. Baron, who acted in, directed, and wrote what reviewers now call film noir and a cult classic, ended up never making any money from it. The movie ended up being very successful decades after it was created.
After it was shown at Gene Siskel's Film Center in 2004, the Chicago Tribune called it a "must see" for all fans of classic film noir and New York indies. When the film was released on DVD in 2008, the New York Times said it "stands out for its elemental style and relentlessly bleak vision."
Baron's gem is shot in black and white and presents a gritty look at a few days in the life of a veteran hit man, played almost emotionlessly by Baron. The story takes place during Christmas and revolves around the sudden challenges a hired gun has in eliminating a second-string syndicate boss with too much ambition.
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SOURCE Allen Baron