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Book Information

Hollywood Hoofbeats:
Trails Blazed Across the Silver Screen

October 2005

Petrine Day Mitchum with Audrey Pavia
BowTie Press
216 Pages
Color and B&W photographs

When Gene Autry Entertainment needed assistance creating our Champion section of the Official Gene Autry website, author Petrine Day Mitchum rode to our rescue with research and information. With so many horses portraying the Wonder Horse of the West, we were excited to work with such an informed gal as Petrine. Her new book, Hollywood Hoofbeats features all of the Champions, including Little Champ.

From the daring Western escapades of Trigger to the breathtaking beauty of the Black Stallion, horses have blazed trails across the big and small screen and into our hearts and imaginations. Bucking broncos, trick horses, and "getaway" mounts became the first real movie stars in groundbreaking early films such as The Great Train Robbery, instilling each frame with action and suspense.

In Hollywood Hoofbeats, author Petrine Day Mitchum, along with Audrey Pavia, shares a wealth of information on the lives of movie horses. Versatile horses carry singing cowboys across America's West in films such as Under the Western Stars and Ben Hur. Compelling stories, historic black-and-white photos and richly colored contemporary stills, and insightful commentary combine for an entertaining and informative read.

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