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J.P. McGowan: Biography of a Hollywood Pioneer John J. McGowan

J.P. McGowan: Biography of a Hollywood Pioneer

John J. McGowan

Published January 1st 2005
ISBN : 9780786419944
Paperback
220 pages
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John Paterson McGowan (1880-1952) was one of Hollywoods most prolific pioneers: actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and industrial advocate for the motion picture industry. Known as the Railroad Man for his specialization in action moviesMoreJohn Paterson McGowan (1880-1952) was one of Hollywoods most prolific pioneers: actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and industrial advocate for the motion picture industry. Known as the Railroad Man for his specialization in action movies involving railroads, he made common the image of the terrified beauty tied to a track - his first wife was Helen Holmes of his iconic silent series The Hazards of Helen. screen career spanning 30 years and over 600 productions from the dawn of the Silent Era. It chronicles his entire life and places him within the context of the times in which he lived and worked. Previously unknown details are unearthed on his family background and early life as well as his participation in the Boer War and his move to the United States. The work concludes with a comprehensive filmography of McGowans work.