Danger on the Silver Screen

Many classic films were made all the more invigorating, exciting, and memorable through the incorporation of high-energy action sequences and impressive stunt work. In Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts, Scott McGee takes readers on a fascinating adventure through cinema stunt work actress 50 foundational films.

Often, what audiences equate as “movie magic” is actually the result of skilled stunt professionals and special effects departments working to make an illusion in a film entirely believable. This latest installment in the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) library offers intriguing commentary relating to the history, importance, and evolution of stunt work, acting as a unique guide of stunt work achievements.

In addition to offering fascinating commentary and context for 50 films, McGee’s book is richly illustrated and filled with interesting facts about the creation and execution of many notable movie stunts. This volume includes discussions pertaining to the stunts in Ben Hur (1925; 1959), Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), The Thing from Another World (1951), Bullitt (1968), and more. McGee also includes several contemporary films in this work, highlighting films that are both popular as well as ones that are not discussed enough.

Overall, McGee’s work focuses on a profession with a rich history that is well worth studying and documenting, especially in the case of female stunt professionals. McGee’s book is a wonderful addition to the TCM library and is sure to entertain fans of classic and contemporary films.

Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts is available for purchase via Running Press.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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