Hooked on Hollywood

Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom


by Leonard Maltin


ISBN: 978-0-9983763-9-4

July 2, 2018

Trade paperback with index
398 pages; 200 photos

Cover price $19.95


Praise for Hooked on Hollywood:


"...an ode to fandom."

                     —Nightmarish Conjurings



"...this enjoyable anthology will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of classic film fans.

                     Publisher's Weekly


Praise for Leonard Maltin’s work:


"Maltin is an impressive archivist and a lively chronicler."
                     —Publisher's Weekly


“Maltin has presented a history both readable and captivating."
                     —The Hollywood Reporter

Listen to a podcast featuring Leonard talking about HoH with Steve Darnall of Nostalgia Digest.


Inside Hooked on Hollywood, Get the scoop on:

  • What was it like to work for Cecil B. DeMille and Jack L. Warner?
  • How did Errol Flynn stash liquor on location in the mountains of New Mexico?
  • Where was the spot called “Panic Peak” and why were Westerns made there?”
  • Who were Hollywood’s good guys and gals, and who were the cads?
  • How did being a catcher on a baseball team land one man an MGM front-office job?


Leonard Maltin finds the answers to these questions and hundreds more in Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom. Leonard is America’s best-known film historian, film reviewer, and author of books that have sold more than 7 million copies. In Hooked on Hollywood, Leonard opens up his personal archive to take readers on a fascinating journey through film history. Included are some of his early interviews with film greats conducted by a teenaged Leonard Maltin in the late 1960s, and later, more in-depth interviews conducted with filmmakers and stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era—interviews that have never been published in book form. Also included in Hooked on Hollywood are featurettes—articles written by Leonard for his Movie Crazy newsletter about great films like Casablanca and the people who made them. What emerges is a fascinating, often hilarious journey through the soundstages and remote locations of Hollywood to see how the movies we now call “classic” were really made.


Meet Leonard Maltin

...at the launch party for Hooked on Hollywood at CINEVENT 50, Memorial Day Weekend at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio. CINEVENT is one of the oldest and best movie conventions in the United States and Leonard will be on hand to celebrate its golden anniversary. He will lecture and sign books Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26. Until July 2, CINEVENT is the only place you will be able to purchase Hooked on Hollywood! Learn more about CINEVENT.


Leonard Maltin’s 50-year (and counting) career has included his annual Movie Guide and other New York Times bestselling books, along with 30 years of regular appearances coast-to-coast on Entertainment Tonight, movie introductions on Turner Classic Movies, and countless other television, radio, and in-person appearances. Learn more about Leonard Maltin.


Such is the fame of Leonard Maltin that Tuesday, April 24, 2018 was decreed to be Leonard Maltin Day in the City of Los Angeles, California.

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