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"Karl Dane: A Biography and Filmography"

by Laura Petersen Balogh (McFarland, 2009 , 240 pages)

"Karl Dane's life was a Cinderella story gone horribly wrong. The immigrant from Copenhagen was rapidly transformed from a machinist to a Hollywood star after his turn as the tobacco-chewing Slim in "The Big Parade" in 1925. After that, Dane appeared in more than 40 films with such luminaries as Lillian Gish, John Gilbert and William Haines until development of talkies virtually ruined his career. The most famous casualty of the transition from silent to sound film, Dane reportedly lost his career because of his accent. He was broke and alone at the height of the Great Depression and committed suicide in 1934. But is this the full story? Author Laura Petersen Balogh's extensive primary research has uncovered the previous unknown life of an exciting, dynamic and passionate man, who died tragically but achieved his dreams, if but a short period of time."

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