The Entertainer

Fans of B-movies always jump with delight whenever Lyle Talbot appears onscreen. No Bogart or Gable, Talbot nonetheless had a certain low-key charisma and talent that made watching him easy and employing him a sure bet. Now his daughter, Margaret Talbot, reveals that the offscreen man was just as likable as the fellow seen in over 300 filmed appearances. Moreover, Talbot's long life paralleled the entire history of twentieth-century entertainment, and this biography illuminates a whole industry and culture.


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