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978-0-8108-5174-0 • Hardback • 5 vol set • August 2005 • $492.00 • (£381.00)
978-1-4422-3086-6 • Paperback • 5 vol set • January 2014 • $226.00 • (£177.00)
Alvin H. Marill (1934-2010) spent his career in broadcasting, direct marketing, and publishing. Among his many books are More Theatre: Stage to Screen to Television (2002) and Television Westerns: Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, and Sidewinders (2011), both published by Scarecrow Press. He was a contributing editor to Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and a charter member of the Television Movie Hall of Fame.
Part 1 Volume 1: 1964-1979
Part 2 Foreword
Part 3 Acknowledgments
Part 4 Introduction
Part 5 Movies Made for Television, 1964-1979
Part 6 Chronological Listing of Titles, 1964-1979
Part 7 About the Author
Part 8 Volume 2: 1980-1989
Part 9 Foreword
Part 10 Acknowledgments
Part 11 Introduction
Part 12 Movies Made for Television, 1980-1989
Part 13 Chronological Listing of Titles, 1980-1989
Part 14 About the Author
Part 15 Volume 3: 1990-1999
Part 16 Foreword
Part 17 Acknowledgments
Part 18 Introduction
Part 19 Movies Made for Television, 1990-1999
Part 20 Chronological Listing of Titles, 1990-1999
Part 21 About the Author
Part 22 Volume 4: 2000-2004
Part 23 Foreword
Part 24 Acknowledgments
Part 25 Introduction
Part 26 Movies Made for Television, 2000-2004
Part 27 Chronological Listing of Titles, 2000-2004
Part 28 About the Author
Part 29 Volume 5: Index
Part 30 Foreword
Part 31 Acknowledgments
Part 32 Introduction
Part 33 Actors Index
Part 34 Directors Index
Part 35 Novels and Books Adapted to Movies Made for Television
Part 36 Plays Adapted to Movies Made for Television
Part 37 Chronological Listing of Titles, 1964-2004
Part 38 About the Author
It's back and better than ever. It's an awesome achievement, one of the best TV reference books....I love the thoroughness of the entries and hope to see Marill continue the work as it becomes necessary.
— The Big Reel
Alvin H. Marill's Movies Made for Television: 1964-2004 (with a foreword by Leonard Maltin) is an incredible (hardcover) five-volume set that lists 5,400 TV movies and mini-series. Entries include brief summary, production and cast credits (extensive, with character names), airdate, and length. ... All in all, this is an incredible, much-needed endeavor by Marill. ... There's nothing like it, and, judging by the massive scope, which also includes Cable, there will never be one like it again. The brave Marill has put together an amazing research tool—2,168 pages, 5,498 films in forty years.
— Classic Images
Describing nearly 5,500 made-for-TV movies, these volumes fill a gap created when author Marill's first Movies Made for Television (1980) went out of print and the annual Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, for which Marill is a contributor, stopped including telefilms. ... This is a double-duty reference work, useful for both the comprehensive performing arts collection and on the trivia shelf in academic and large public libraries.
— Booklist, 1/1/2006
Movies Made for Television will prove to be a valuable resource for scholars and historians of television and popular culture, and is recommended for film institutions and those offering graduate level film studies courses.
— Reference Reviews, Vol. 20, No. 7 (2006)
The third incarnation of this skillfully organized and highly useful reference guide. ... Movies Made for Television, 1964-2004 would be an extremely worthwhile acquisition for college or university libraries ... This offering makes one wish that more reference works of this scope and quality were available on other television genres as well.
— Communication Booknotes Quarterly
This is a strong, centralized reference source with a wealth of information well worth the purchase. ... Recommended for all libraries.
— Library Journal
First, the required full disclosure: I wrote the foreword to this book, which was compiled by an old friend and colleague. I wouldn't have done so, however, if I didn't feel that Al Marill had created a superior reference work that belongs in every serious film library. Its heft, and its $300.00 price tag, will be daunting for many individuals, but I daresay the investment will be repaid many times over. Whatever one thinks about made-for-TV movies, they represent a substantial segment of the Hollywood film industry, and the people who have been involved with them over the years-writers, directors, producers, composers, cinematographers, actors-include some of the biggest names and brightest talents of all time. The need for a comprehensive, annotated catalogue and a thorough index of that work should be obvious, but Marill has struggled for years to find a publisher who would take on this massive project. Scarecrow has stepped up to bat and produced a handsome, sturdy, four-volume set. Beyond its reference value, these books are fun to browse, just to see who was involved with half-forgotten network movies of long ago. A casual glimpse of Volume One, which covers the early years, reads like a who's who of vintage Hollywood, and if one follows the cast lists to the very end, one recognizes a great many up-and-comers as well. Bravo to Al Marill for an endeavor that will stand as the definitive resource on television movies for decades to come.
— Leonard's Picks
For film and television researchers, industry professionals, and others with an obsessive interest in this genre, Marill has meticulously compiled a reference to the production details of 5,498 made-for-tv movies. Each of the first four volumes is dedicated to a portion of the covered time span. Consecutively numbered entries are arranged alphabetically within each volume (and listed chronologically at the end of each volume). Each entry consists of airing details, length, a synopsis, cast, and personnel and companies involved in production. Indexing is in volume 5.
— Reference and Research Book News
This set is recommended for large collections that stress media studies.
— American Reference Books Annual
• Winner, Merrill T. McCord Best Research Book 2005, Classic Images