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After many years, author-screenwriter, Stephen Lodge has finally brought to paper his experiences in front of and behind the camera in this compilation of stories and photographs depicting the early days of his life.  From a short-lived acting start, to messenger for Columbia Pictures, to stuntman, screenwriter, costume work, and more. Steve promises by the end a whole new appreciation for the Hollywood movie business and a love for the people in it.
 
Reviewed by Leonard Maltin:
 
AND...ACTION by Stephen Lodge (Mirage Books) — I’m normally leery of self-published books, but here’s a happy exception to that rule. Lodge was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time: as a child of the first television generation, he was hooked on the cowboy movies that played incessantly in those early days of broadcasting and in 1951 his mother arranged to take him and his brother to the set of a Monogram Pictures western starring Johnny Mack Brown. The location was Iverson’s Ranch, and it would be the first of many such visits for the lucky youngster. We’re lucky too, because a) Lodge has excellent recall of his childhood encounters with stars, stuntmen, and crew members and b) his mother took along her Brownie camera so we have a wonderful scrapbook of photographic memories.

In time, Lodge got to play bit parts in a handful of TV shows, and wound up working as a costumer in the late 1960s and 1970s. Even when he went to work professionally at CBS Studio Center (the former Republic Pictures lot), or on location in Old Tucson, Arizona, he never lost his boyhood enthusiasm for westerns and the people who made them. That’s what makes this book such an enjoyable read.

If you’d like to put yourself in the place of a young fan getting to meet Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Guy Madison, Andy Devine, and other such heroes, I think you’ll have as much fun as I did with this charming and unpretentious book.