James Curtis

Works in Progress


"Keaton: A Life in Six Reels" A biography of one of the screen's greatest filmmakers.


My Works

William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come
The story of the man who brought the values of illustration to the screen.

Spencer Tracy: A Biography
The definitive life of one of America's greatest actors.

W. C. Fields
This new biography of the legendary comedian reveals the man behind the myth, showing the passion and intellect that fueled his creative drive, and the broken family that gave such a bitter edge to his comedy.

James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters
A thorough re-working and expansion of the groundbreaking 1982 biography that inspired Christopher Bram's "Father of Frankenstein."

Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges
The first major biography of the great humorist, who wrote and directed some of the best comedies of the sound era, including "Sullivan's Travels", "The Lady Eve", and "Unfaithfully Yours".

Featured Player
The oral autobiography of actress Mae Clarke. Edited with an introduction by James Curtis.

The Creative Producer
The autobiography of producer David Lewis. Edited with an introduction by James Curtis.

September Song: A Biography of Walter Huston
The authorized biography of actor Walter Huston, begun by John Weld in 1937 and finally completed in 1998. Edited by James Curtis.

James Whale's "The Old Dark House"
The digitally-restored version, originally produced for laserdisc from an archival print, with commentaries from Gloria Stuart and James Curtis.

Selected Works

A celebration of one of film's most potent visualists!
"James Curtis’s informative and beautifully written book does a thorough job of bringing Menzies to life.” - 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.