Walt Disney and Live Action – The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s

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by: John G. West

Based on six years of original research and extensive interviews with former Disney studio staff, Walt Disney and Live Action by John G. West is the first book to focus solely on Walt Disney’s live-action features of the 1950s and 60s. It goes “behind-the-scenes” to explore Walt Disney’s role in making live-action films as well probing the deeper meaning of the films. Published by Theme Park Press, the book provides detailed production histories for more than 50 live-action films and television features and more than 80 behind-the-scenes photos, many of them believed to be previously unpublished.

In this definitive guide to Walt Disney’s live-action output, Dr. John West explores an often overlooked but important chapter in Disney cinematic history: the live-action films and television shows released by the Disney studio during Walt’s lifetime.

From blockbuster movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mary Poppins, and Treasure Island to such lesser-known efforts as Savage Sam and Monkeys, Go Home!, West describes the production of each film in detail, with backstage stories and complete cast and crew information.

The small screen output of the Disney studio is given similar treatment: over 70 episodes of Zorro, Texas John Slaughter, Davy Crockett, and other TV series are described and catalogued, along with in-depth analyses of the shows themselves.

Plus, the book features over 80 photos, many of them never seen before, including candid shots of Walt Disney in his office.

In addition to his detailed coverage of Disney’s live-action films and TV shows, West devotes several chapters to a fast-moving but comprehensive history of the Disney studio’s live-action productions, from the producers, directors, writers, composers, and set directors involved to the meanings behind Walt’s live-action films and the values he sought to impart on American culture.

Format: Softcover – Used
Publisher: Theme Park Press
Pages: 354
SKU: 59459

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Weight 18.56 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 0.8 in