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Evelop the innovative situations and scintillating dialogue that would bring to picture to life For over twenty years Freddie and her friends struggled to survive in this incredibly competitive environment Through it all Freddie remained a passionate outspoken woman in an industry run by powerful men and her provocative nonconformist ways brought her success failure wisdom and a wealth of stories opinions and insight into a fascinating period in screen history Sorry but this writer perpetuates a lot of unfounded rumors and outright lies She s an unreliably narrator if ever there was one Encounters with Rauschenberg unfounded rumors and outright lies She s an Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries unreliably narrator if ever there was one

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The Shocking Miss Pilgrim A Writer in Early Hollywood

Freddie Maas's revealing memoir offers a uniue perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system An ambitious twenty three year old Maas moved to Hollywood and launched her own writing career by drafting a screenplay of the bestselling novel The Plastic Age for It girl Clara Bow On the basis of that script she landed a staff position at powerhouse MGM stud I came across this book a few years ago when I learned that the author a next door neighbor of my great great grandparents 1908 11 was still living at 102 They are featured on pg 6 I phoned her and had a wonderful conversation She had written this book three years earlier She has some wonderful experiences and reports them with untethered opinion and vigor But her style weighed down by cliches fast becomes wearisome Maybe we should give her a break she was 99 when she wrote this There is lots of interest here turn of the century Russian secular Jewish life in Manhattan early Hollywood left wing politics McCarthy wasn t being paranoid about all the communists within the gates Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries uniue perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system An ambitious twenty three year old Maas moved to Hollywood and launched her own writing career by drafting a screenplay of the bestselling novel The Plastic Age for It girl Clara Bow On the basis of that script she landed a staff position at powerhouse MGM stud I came across this book a few years ago when I learned that the author a next door neighbor of my great great grandparents 1908 11 was still living at 102 They are featured on pg 6 I phoned her and had a wonderful conversation She had written this book three years earlier She has some wonderful experiences and reports them with Engendering Song untethered opinion and vigor But her style weighed down by cliches fast becomes wearisome Maybe we should give her a break she was 99 when she wrote this There is lots of interest here turn of the century Russian secular Jewish life in Manhattan early Hollywood left wing politics McCarthy wasn t being paranoid about all the communists within the gates

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Ios In the years to come she worked with and befriended numerous actors and directors including Norma Shearer Joan Crawford and Eric von Stroheim as well as such writers and producers as Thomas Mann and Louis B Mayer As a professional screenwriter Fredderica uickly learned that scripts and story ideas were freuently rewritten and that screen credit was regularly given to the wrong person Studio executives wanted well worn plots but it was the writer's job to d Like a lot of people I m fascinated by early Hollywood I d wanted to read an account of it by someone who was there and who could discuss it without a starry eyed approach or the reverse a melodramatic treatment a la Kenneth Anger s fun but often inaccurate HOLLYWOOD BABYLON bookssomeone like former scriptwriter Frederica Sagor Maas who is still alive as of today at 108 The title THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM refers to a film she wrote starring Betty Grable which typically was drastically changed for the worse from her original concept Maas the NY born daughter of Russian immigrants started at Universal s NYC headuarters in the silent days moved to Hollywood and found work at MGM and finally left the business after becoming too disillusioned with Hollywood ways Great account of an independent minded woman dealing with the movie world told mostly without bitterness and with humor and compassion Maas knew Joan Crawford when she was still Lucille LeSueur and met Fatty Arbuckle on his way down but her own story is as interesting as any of her tales about famous film world personalities I wonder though why she supported FDR for a 4th term but objected to the government locking up Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor didn t it occur to her who was in charge of the government at the time Double Jeopardy uickly learned that scripts and story ideas were freuently rewritten and that screen credit was regularly given to the wrong person Studio executives wanted well worn plots but it was the writer's job to d Like a lot of people I m fascinated by early Hollywood I d wanted to read an account of it by someone who was there and who could discuss it without a starry eyed approach or the reverse a melodramatic treatment a la Kenneth Anger s fun but often inaccurate HOLLYWOOD BABYLON bookssomeone like former scriptwriter Frederica Sagor Maas who is still alive as of today at 108 The title THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM refers to a film she wrote starring Betty Grable which typically was drastically changed for the worse from her original concept Maas the NY born daughter of Russian immigrants started at Universal s NYC headuarters in the silent days moved to Hollywood and found work at MGM and finally left the business after becoming too disillusioned with Hollywood ways Great account of an independent minded woman dealing with the movie world told mostly without bitterness and with humor and compassion Maas knew Joan Crawford when she was still Lucille LeSueur and met Fatty Arbuckle on his way down but her own story is as interesting as any of her tales about famous film world personalities I wonder though why she supported FDR for a 4th term but objected to the government locking Einsteins Generation up Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor didn t it occur to her who was in charge of the government at the time


10 thoughts on “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim A Writer in Early Hollywood

  1. says:

    It was an obituary of 111 year old Frederica Sagor Maasthat led me to this book just three weeks ago I had no idea this intriguing and so 20th Century woman had existed Her memoir is a fascinating reminiscence of a roller coaster career as a reader editor and screen writer in Hollywood from the Twenties through the Fifties

  2. says:

    I came across this book a few years ago when I learned that the author a next door neighbor of my great great grandparents 1908 11 was still living at 102 They are featured on pg 6 I phoned her and had a wonderful conversation She had writte

  3. says:

    I was hoping this book would be better with interesting info about moviemaking in the 1920's and what writing screenplays for the silent screen entailed but it turned out to be of a pity party for Mrs Maas Hollywood or at least many folks who have worked in the motion picture business over the years has always done terrib

  4. says:

    The Shocking Miss Pilgrim A Writer in Early Hollywood is the story of Frederica Sagor Maas’s experiences as a young woman trying to break into a career as a screen writer in silent movie era Hollywood Born in 1900 she began writing scripts for silent movies in New York went west to California in 1924 and continued in tha

  5. says:

    A one of a kind glimpse of early Hollywood from the perspective of a top female screenwriter from the glory years

  6. says:

    Like a lot of people I'm fascinated by early Hollywood I'd wanted to read an account of it by someone who was there and who could discuss it without a starry eyed approach or the reverse a melodramatic treatment a la Kenneth Anger's fun but oft

  7. says:

    Great book about a successful screenwriter during the Silent age of the films Miss Sagor’s candor in sharing her stories is so refreshing She doesn’t drop names but mentions famous players of the time and how she interacted with them It was nice to read about the early days of films and not just as stepping stone to the talkies If you enjoy Hollywood stories this book is for youReviewed by Leti Librarian Find it at

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    Grea

  9. says:

    Sorry but this writer perpetuates a lot of unfounded rumors and outright lies She's an unreliably narrator if ever there was one

  10. says:

    This book is worth reading for fans of early Hollywood It has a lot of details about being a writer in the indus