“Hollywood is a Four Letter Town” Book Giveaway (Dec)

“Hollywood is a Four Letter Town”
We have FIVE Books to Give Away this month!

“Frank and Spicy!” – The New York Times

It’s time for our next book giveaway contest! CMH will be giving away FIVE COPIES of Hollywood is a Four Letter Town, by syndicated columnist James Bacon, courtesy of Doris Bacon, from now through Jan 2.

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In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, Jan 2 at 6PM 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.

  • Dec 5: One Winner
  • Dec 12: One Winner
  • Dec 19: One Winner
  • Dec 26: One Winner
  • Jan 2: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked around 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday Dec 6 around 10PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details.

James Bacon Cary Grant
Cary Grant told James Bacon “I wish I looked as good as you in a tux.”


And now on to the contest!

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, Jan 2, 2021 at 6PM 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 is a Four Letter Town” by James Bacon #BookGiveaway courtesy of @JBaconHollywood & CMH – #CMHContest You can #EnterToWin here: http://www.classicmoviehub.com/blog/hollywood-is-a-four-letter-town-book-giveaway-dec/

What is it that you love most about the Golden Age of Hollywood and its stars?

*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.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

ALSO: Please allow us 48 hours to approve your comments. Sorry about that, but we are being overwhelmed with spam, and must sort through 100s of comments…

James Bacon Marlon Brando on the set of Young Lions
James Bacon and Marlon Brando on The Young Lions set


About the Author and Book: James Bacon was the ultimate insider of Hollywood’s Golden Era as a syndicated columnist for 41 years, first with the Associated Press and then with the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. He sipped champagne with Sophia Loren, drank vodka with Joan Crawford and got a first-hand account of Marilyn Monroe’s affair with JFK. During his lifetime, Bacon compiled his memorable celebrity encounters in two books, “Hollywood is a Four-Letter Town,” (1976) and “Made in Hollywood” (1977), which the New York Times called “frank, spicy and entertaining.”   He also wrote an acclaimed biography of Jackie Gleason, “How Sweet it Is” (1985) which was celebrated by notables like Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra and Laurence Olivier. His widow, Doris Bacon, has decided to reissue the books, long unavailable  on Amazon,  in Bacon’s spirit.  They are entertaining reads, crammed with stories and inside scoop on Hollywood’s biggest names, from Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor to John Wayne to Bette Davis and more. 

Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only United States (excluding the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canada entrants are eligible. No P.O. Boxes please.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win.

James Bacon Gary Cooper on set of High Noon
Gary Cooper and James Bacon on the set of Oscar-winning High Noon


Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase the on amazon by clicking here:


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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26 Responses to “Hollywood is a Four Letter Town” Book Giveaway (Dec)

  1. Karri Watson says:

    What I love most about the golden age of Hollywood is that stars cared how they looked & were at their best even grocery shopping. Also the movies relied more on witty dialogue & intricate plots instead of obvious blood, guts, gore & smut. Movies had & movie stars had so much more class then.

  2. Pamela Robinson says:

    What I love most about the Golden Age of Hollywood is the movies that were filmed by all the studios of that era. I am so thankful for the film preservations over the years so that classic movie fans such as myself, are able to enjoy the films over streaming services or on discs.

  3. Robert Stein says:

    James Bacon knew everyone and knew all their dirty secrets too. Who doesn’t love gossip? I certainly do and want to read Bacon’s book for the fun of it. Hollywood’s golden age was a mecca of glamor, beauty, brains and the brainless and Bacon can get us back to that time everyone fantasized about.

    I’m in Twitter hell and “I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.”

  4. Marieann Marshall says:

    What I like most about the Golden age of Hollywood is everything and everyone seem so magical. Like the actors seemed to shine brighter or just seemed more special. Movies were made so it seemed to take you away from it all. You did not have sex and gore put in your face it was clean fun. I love old movies and old Hollywood.

  5. Gloria Elizabeth says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here but cannot tweet the message.
    I was introduced to Golden Age movies and stars on black and white TV in the 1950s. As a decidedly unsophisticated girl I was enchanted by the, to me, hyper-sophisticated stars and stories. I still feel an echo of that response when I watch them today but my strongest pull to them now, and to all cinema, is the power of mythic storytelling, which the movie form itself embodies, and which Golden Age moviemakers perfected.

  6. Bob says:

    What I love about the Golden Age of Hollywood and its stars…

    I don’t know how to describe it … but Hollywood and the stars seemed so much *better* then than now. Everything seemed classier than today. Movies weren’t as vulgar. They left more to a person’s imagination than they do today. The musical scores were better. There was an aura or “specialness” in that era that we don’t see anymore today. (Hard to put into words).

  7. Vickie Gleason says:

    What I love the most about the Golden Age of Hollywood is how the actors and actresses could speak volumes with a look! Also, how they left things to your imagination instead of all the graphic details of today’s films. Both added so much more to a film and how you were invested in truly watching them!

  8. Cheri Leisman says:

    I cut my baby teeth on the films of the Golden Age of Hollywood, especially noir genre and many classics remain favourites on my shelves.

    I have read numerous books about those movie stars, when women were women and men were men and have a huge interest in Hollywood history and how those films and actors have led us to where we are today. I 😍 classic films!

  9. Billy Slobin says:

    I absolutely LOVE this era and aspect of Hollywood! My favorite book are A cast of killers by King Vidor about the William Desmond Taylor murder. I also live for Hollywood Babylon. The times were so interesting! Salacious and juicy! I’d read this book in one day non stop!

  10. Stuart Cook says:

    I have always enjoyed vintage comedies of the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s, especially shorts. Also, the great pre-code era features, especially those which pushed the envelope. All great, enjoyable entertainment.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message

  11. Destiny L Drake says:

    What I love about the golden age of Hollywood and its stars is: they didn’t swear much back then and the films back then make you feel wonderful, happy, sad in a good way, the stars look trustworthy and very nice and friendly.

  12. Carl-Edward says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    I watch only classic films, and what I like most about the Golden Age Of Hollywood, is the fact that the films presuppose a certain degree of intelligence on the part of the audience – a thing that is absent now. Absent too, is the aesthetic distance that was a part of each film, permitting one to enjoy it on its own terms.

  13. Christina Sharpe says:

    A lot of people think the golden age of Hollywood was corny or hokey, but underneath these actors and actresses were dealing with a lot more. You think you know something about an actor, but there was sometimes something deeper and darker going on. You fall in love with their movies, and then you fall in love with their stories. It was an amazing time.

  14. Jack Cibrian says:

    I love the glamour of the times and the great storytelling. Although studios always want to make money, they were willing to tell stories that mattered and didn’t worry about finding the next franchise to guarantee success. Smaller interesting stories with some of the great stars of the time are so much fun to watch.

  15. RD says:

    There are timeless! Nothing compares to the classics.

  16. Melanie Garrison says:

    There is just something so magical about the movies and the stars of the 30s and 40s. The Crème de la crème of personalities, costumes, music, dialogue, stories, bit players and all the other marvelously talented folks who made those glorious films! But what do I love the most about the Golden Age of Hollywood? Clark Gable’s laugh.

  17. Javier Valverde says:

    What I love the most about the Golden Age of Hollywood and its stars is the beautiful scenes that will forever be in our minds. The beginning shot of the 1930 version of Waterloo Bridge as the camera films the dance hall to do a close-up of Mae Clarke. The close-up of Vivien Leigh introducing Scarlett O’Hara to the world. The wind blowing Maureen O’Hara’s hair in The Quiet Man (1952). The transition shot from Sunrise (1927) as the couple enters the city from the country.

  18. Piroska says:

    What I love about it is the glamour…the style…the class.

  19. Sara Stewart says:

    The actors were all so talented. They were not “celebrities” like most are today, they were stars. They earned their place by hard work, learning their trade, and behaving with class (for the most part).

  20. Melissa Wyatt says:

    I love the curated care that went into the production of classic Hollywood films. I know the studio system was limiting and detrimental in many ways, but there’s no denying the quality it produced.

  21. Christine Brennan says:

    I love the 1930’s. The 1930’s is the first decade that produced Hollywood’s King and Queen. Legends such as Cary Grant, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Kate Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and so many more all came from the 30’s. Glamour and grace were synonymous with this era, and it was the 30’s that set the bar for the gold standard of Hollywood’s elite. Take me back to 1930.

  22. SWManor says:

    To put it in black and white…black-and-white! So much attention was paid to lighting, shadows, and other things that created such a strong atmosphere and moods. Also, since we see in color, b&w was surreal in the sense that it took us to a world we never could actually encounter in real life.

  23. Pat Wood says:

    What I love the most about the golden age of Hollywood is how wonderful the acting is, the innocence of the tome period, and how I can track back in time.

  24. Georgia DiPirro says:

    What I love the most about The Golden Age of Hollywood it the style, the grace and talent of some of the most amazing trendsetters. There is a romantic quality in each production. The way the directors used light and shadows that pulls you in. The fun meet-cutes to the ticking clocks, masterful effects.
    On or off set the actors seemed to be in character and put together. Even when some were falling apart. They will always be Hollywood’s Glamorous Legends.

  25. Paul Driver says:

    I loved the golden age of movies. The movies were magical… filled with love and glamour. You could escape from all your cares and problems, and for a short time feel happy.

  26. D. Boyce says:

    Old Hollywood and its stars had a different sense of glamour and mystique that is not present today in our current cult of personality and the world of the 24 hour entertainment news cycle. Sometimes less is more!

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