Hollywood at Play Book Giveaway (September)

“Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes”
September Book Giveaway

“If you share my affection for candid shots of the stars you’ll love Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes…”
-Leonard Maltin, Indiewire.com

And, now we’re happy to announce our next contest! This time, we’ll be giving away FIVE COPIES of Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes” courtesy of the authors themselves – Stephen X. Sylvester, Mary Mallory and Donovan Brandt!  Hollywood at Play features over 200 fascinating and rare photos from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s first and oldest family-owned photo archive. A wonderful treasure trove of photos for every classic movie fan 🙂

Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, September 30 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • Sept 2: One Winner
  • Sept 9: One Winner
  • Sept 16: One Winner
  • Sept 23: One Winner
  • Sept 30: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or via this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winners on Sunday October 1 at 9PM EST.

Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in boatTony Curtis and Janet Leigh ‘at play’ enjoying a leisurely boat ride


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, September 30 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the “Hollywood at Play” #BookGiveaway courtesy of author @mallory_mary & @ClassicMovieHub

What classic movie stars would you love to see in candid shots and why?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

Please allow us at least 24 hours to approve (and post) your comment, as we have an unprecedented amount of spam to sift through…

Elizabeth Taylor at poolElizabeth Taylor ‘at play’ by the pool


About “Hollywood at Play”: Fans from around the world continue to be fascinated by classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars. Nostalgia for this simpler, more glamorous time offers a safe and temporary escape from our complex lives. The authors capture this era with in Hollywood at Play, featuring unique and rarely seen images of such legendary stars as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Tyrone Power enjoying fun and relaxation outside of their studios. Hollywood at Play presents iconic images of the classic stars taking time out from the demands of celebrity to enjoy dancing, bike-riding, roller skating, bowling, and playing tennis; diversions offering a chance to relax and be themselves. This delightful and unique book will appeal to classic movie fans, and enthusiasts of celebrity, fashion, and Hollywood history.

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Joan Crawford and dogsJoan Crawford ‘at play’ with her dogs


For complete rules, click here.

And if you can’t wait to win, you can buy it now on amazon:


Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub


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31 Responses to Hollywood at Play Book Giveaway (September)

  1. I would like to see pictures of some male actors at play. James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda etc. I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      All good ones. I’d like to see them too, plus Tyrone Power and Error Flynn! Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  2. Javier Valverde says:

    I would love to see candid shots of Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Tony Curtis, and Tyrone Power in the Hollywood at Play book because they are my favorite movie stars and I love their movies.

  3. Liliana Radwanski says:

    1.What classic movie stars would you love to see in candid shots and why?
    Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz By The Pool Or Their Ranch With Family And Friends.
    Because, I Love The Pictures Of Them Together.they Were So Much In Love Back Then.they Looked So Cute Together.

  4. I would love to see Joel McCrea and Frances Dee. I’m fascinated by them as one of Hollywood’s longest married couples.

  5. Ashley Hinz says:

    I find the whole “publicity photo” concept interesting. I viewed information for this book online in more than one location. I have a few actors and actresses I dislike, but appreciate most of them in the era covered by the book.

  6. Marieann Marshall says:

    Cary Grant Because who does not Love Cary Grant a Great actor and Hot looking. I also would love to see Dean Martin

    • Marieann Marshall says:

      I forgot to add Dean Martin for the same reason as Cary Grant Great Looking and singer and actor

      • Annmarie Gatti says:

        Hi Marieann, Just wanted to let you know that I can’t find your tweet anywhere. Could you please confirm that you tweeted, or comment back here if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

  7. Phyl says:

    I love seeing ALL the stars at play!! Would love to see pics of Carole Lombard! This looks like an amazing book!!

  8. Emily Graziano says:

    I would Love to see Carole Lombard in candid shots because the world has not seen enough of her! Natalie Wood would also be awesome because she’s just so photogenic! and of course two of my all time faves- Grace Kelly (short duration in Hollywood- long influence) and Bill Holden- I don’t see enough of him!!

  9. David Hollingsworth says:

    I would love to see Katharine Hepburn, because she was an absolute force, on-screen and off. She was a woman of her own means and terms.

    I would also like to see Jean Arthur, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, among others.

  10. Nancy says:

    I’d love to see Steve McQueen, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis because they’re some of my favorites!

  11. Bianca Bonifacio says:

    I would love to see candid shots of Rock Hudson and Doris Day! They’re my absolute favorites. Their pairing is just as good as peanut butter and jelly. The book itself is worth having since you get to see actors and actresses go about their daily lives…just being themselves. Best of luck to everyone!! ❤

  12. Ana Roland says:

    WHEN STARS ARE JUST LIKE US~This is what is so fun about books such as “Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes.” It’s a snapshot into their lives that make them real to us. I have my favorite stars such as Bette Davis but I enjoy seeing all of Hollywood in these candid moments.

  13. Joe Gorbsky says:

    William Powell and Myrna Loy. I’ve watched them together for many years in The Thin Man series and would enjoy seeing them being themselves.

  14. I would be anxious to see any of the pictures that weren’t actually post. Candid snapshot where the actors are not performing for the camera would be absolutely fascinating to me.

  15. Michael Reed says:

    I would like to see candid photos of some of my favorite Hollywood “heavies”. That is, folks who often played serious, menacing, roles. In fact, they played these roles so well, that it is difficult to imagine them having a lighter side! Lawrence Tierney, Edward Arnold, Jack Palance, etc.

  16. Joan O'Malley says:

    Basically all of them I would like to see. They all seem bigger than life you tend to forget they were regular people too with families and problems just like everyone else.

  17. Bharat says:

    It is interesting to go through such rare pics as they provide a glimpse into a time gone by of the people who were revolutionizing entertainment and setting standards for future generations to improve upon.

  18. Vickie L Gleason says:

    There are so many but I would say Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Brian Keith, James Garner, Doris Day and Spencer Tracy.

    I love candid shots of all the old stars – it just adds to the enjoyment of watching their roles in films.

  19. Shelley N says:

    Oh I would so love to see more candid shots of Jean Harlow. They are rare and her naturally sweet personality just shone through when she was “off-duty”.

  20. Elizabeth C says:

    Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Also Paul Newman and Robert Redford (The Sting & Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). Thank you.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I haven’t been able to locate your tweet. Could you please confirm that you tweeted, or let me know here if you don’t have a twitter account. Thanks!

  21. Diana says:

    I have a board on Pinterest just Lucille Ball, I love the candid moments of her. I recently found out about the ranch she had and have been finding pictures of her around the area and keep thinking “I know that place!”

  22. Amy Condit says:

    I would love to see Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich in true candid photos. It would be grand to see these women caught unawares. They were such experts in the posed photograph, and it would be refreshing to see them engaged in conversation with a friend or involved in an activity!

  23. Chris Teel says:

    I can’t believe I almost missed this one, I must be slipping. I would love to see Bette Davis, Constance Bennett, Myrna Loy, and Joan Crawford. They were great on-screen and it’s always interesting to see them relaxed and out of character.

  24. I would love to see more candids of Susan Peters. I’m fascinated by her. She lived a short but interesting life.

  25. darla says:

    jeanne crain, anne baxter, Linda darnell

  26. Bruce Baldwin says:

    Kathryn Hepburn – because she always had her own, ineffable personal style, on- and off- camera, in whatever she did.

  27. Heather Clarke says:

    I’d love to see Audrey Hepburn or Charlie Chaplin “at play”-sounds like a cool book!

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