James Curtis


"Weld's biography is rich in anecdote and detail. He presents a thoroughly engaging portrait of Walter Huston." - AB Bookman's Weekly

"In a wealth of comic anecdote, [Weld] captures the authentic atmosphere of American entertainment modes at the turn of the century." - Bright Lights Film Journal


September Song: A Biography of Walter Huston

Two of the greatest performances in all of motion pictures were given by the same man.

In "The Devil and Daniel Webster" he was the elfin Mr. Scratch, stroking his chin whiskers, confidently puffing a cigar as he claimed the soul of his victim. And in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" he was the grizzled old prospector Howard, dancing a frenzied jig for his bewildered companions as he pointed to the gold that lay beneath their feet.

He was also Abraham Lincoln, Othello, Doc Holliday, and the singing and dancing patriarch of the Cohan family. He spoke the words of Shakespeare and Eugene OíNeill with equal grace. He played bankers, lawyers, business tycoons, newspapermen, prison wardens, ambassadors, outlaws, and presidents. His name was Walter Huston.

This remarkable book is the first full-length account of Walter Hustonís extraordinary life. Work on it began in 1937, when the actor consented to a series of lengthy interviews with his friend John Weld. No publisher was interested at the time, and more than 40 years after Hustonís death, the manuscript remained unfinished.

Today, Walter Huston is known primarily as the father of writer-director John Huston and the grandfather of actress Angelica Huston. But that has now changed. John Weld, at the age of 93, completed the job he began 60 years earlier. And once again Walter Huston was recognized as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Selected Works

A celebration of one of film's most potent visualists!
"James Curtisís informative and beautifully written book does a thorough job of bringing Menzies to life.Ē - Martin Scorsese
An actor's life like no other!
"A monumental, definitive biography of one of the finest film actors in the history of the medium." - Kirkus Reviews
Now available as eBooks!
"The definitive book about America's most profound comedian." - John Cleese
"One of the most entertaining and engrossing film biographies I've encountered." - Judith Crist
New edition!
"Essential for all who care about the cinema." - Kevin Brownlow
Now on DVD!
With commentaries by Gloria Stuart and James Curtis.