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Book Review

The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols

The Hollywood Book of Death - The Bizarre, Often Sordid Passings of More that 125 American Movie and TV Idols  

by James Robert Parrish, Contemporary Books, 2002, 413 pages


From the title of this book, you might fear a very sleazy description of Hoaplong Cassidy played by William Lawrence Boyd. Fortunately, he is listed under "Natural Causes," not "Alcohol and Drugs" or "Puzzling Deaths."

The section on William Boyd (pages 153-56) is actually well done and fortunately lists his correct date of birth as: June 5, 1895, not 1898 as so many have done.

There's also a nice photo included of William Boyd as Hoppy with Andy Clyde and Rand Brooks.

Parrish describes our Hoppy this way:

" Boyd was a gallant cowboy hero -- sporting distinguished white hair and a black outfit -- who always rode to the rescue in the nick of time astride his faithful horse Topper.  He became a role model for generations of admirers, and even now is immortalized on various Internet websites."

Thanks for the plug, Mr. Parrish!  I'm pleased he recognized the websites such as Hopalong Cassidy Music who celebrate Hoppy's memory.

The other sections of this book deal with lots of familiar movie stars like Marilyn Monroe, Audie Murphy, James Dean, and Elvis Presley.  And there's also another famous cowboy star listed:   Buck Jones.

This book by James Robert Parrish is worth reading at if you enjoy some bizarre death tales mixed in with some golden treasure stories -- like the one about the cowboy hero to millions -- Hopalong Cassidy.

-- Roger Hall
April 2005 (Tune Lovers Web Pages)
December 2010 (revised version, Cowboy Songs Corral)  





Order your copy of this recommended book at: 

Hopalong Cassidy: An American Legend
by Grace Bradley Boyd and Michael Cochran.

More about Mr. and Mrs Hopalong Cassidy...

A Tribute To Grace Bradley Boyd (1913-2010)


Music and Memories of Hopalong Cassidy




For lots more information, go to

Hopalong Cassidy Music

Read all about the 16th Annual Hopalong Cassidy Festival
held in Cambridge, Ohio

click here





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