An Entertaining War

Pate Michael

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Dreamweaver Books
Publisher Place: Sydney
Publisher Year: 1986
Edition: First Edition

Description: 189 pages. Book and Jacket are both in Very good condition throughout. This Is The Story Of The Concert Parties And Entertainment Units Of Australia's Armed Forces During World War Two, As Related By Renowned Australian Actor And Film Maker Michael Pate.

Publishers Description: Initially interested in becoming a medical missionary, but unable to afford the university fees due to the Depression, Michael worked in Sydney before 1938, when he became a writer and broadcaster for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, collaborating with George Ivan Smith on Youth Speaks. For the remainder of the 1930s, he worked primarily in radio drama. He also published theatrical and literary criticism and enjoyed brief success as an author of short stories, publishing works in both Australia and the United States. During World War II, Pate served in the Australian Army in the South West Pacific Area. He was transferred to the 1st Australian Army Amenities Entertainment Unit, known as "The Islanders", entertaining Australian troops in various combat areas. After the war, Pate returned to radio, appearing in many plays and serials. Between 1946 and 1950 he began breaking into films. In 1949 he appeared in his first leading role in Sons of Matthew. In 1950, he appeared in Bitter Springs with Tommy Trinder and Chips Rafferty. Also in 1950, Pate adapted, produced, and directed two plays - Dark of the Moon and Bonaventure. Later that year he travelled to the U.S. to appear in a film adaptation of Bonaventure for Universal Pictures, which was released in 1951 as Thunder on the Hill, starring Claudette Colbert and Ann Blyth. During his time in the U.S., Pate became an acting instructor and lecturer, and wrote many screenplays and plays for the major American networks, including Rawhide ("Incident of the Power and the Plow" with Dick Van Patten) and Most Dangerous Man Alive ("The Steel Monster").

ISBN: 0949825131


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