Straight from the Horse’s Mouth by Ronald Neame- An Autobiography


Foreward by Michael Caine

Ronald Neame’s autobiography takes its title from one of his best-loved films, The Horse’s Mouth (1958), starring Alec Guinness. In an informative and entertaining style, Neame discusses the making of that film, along with several others, including In Which We ServeBlithe SpiritBrief EncounterGreat ExpectationsTunes of GloryI Could Go on SingingThe Prime of Miss Jean BrodieScroogeThe Poseidon Adventure, and Hopscotch.

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth provides a fascinating, first-hand account of a unique filmmaker, who began his career as assistant cameraman on Hitchcock’s first talkie, Blackmail, and went on to direct Maggie Smith, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, and many other prominent performers. The book includes tales of the on-and-off-the-set antics of comedian George Formby, and original accounts of his experiences working with Noel Coward and David Lean. This is not simply an autobiography, but rather a history of British cinema from the 1920s through the 1960s, and Hollywood cinema from the 1960s through the present.

Aside from Neame’s own writing, the book contains original commentary by many of his contemporaries and associates including Alec Guinness, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Shirley MacLaine, Walter Matthau, John Mills and Shelley Winters.


A hard cover edition with black boards, gilt lettering and unclipped, illustrated dust jacket. There is some foxing and toning throughout but the text and black and white photographs are clear and legible. Now in a clear, removable cover to protect from damage.

Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Publication Date: 2003.

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