The following review by Ron Steward appeared in "Movie Memories" magazine:
Like other books in this series, "Hollywood Gold" provides a great deal of information on movies that are currently available as DVD releases. "The Chase", for example, can be found in $2 bargain bins all over the place, yet Reid quotes no less than three respected critics who hold extremely high opinions not only of its cinematic value but of its superior entertainment qualities. Admittedly, with a cult director like Arthur Ripley at the helm and a cast that includes Michele Morgan and Peter Lorre, it would be hard to go wrong. Even for $2!
Of course, there’s no need for Reid to direct our attention to movies like "The Ghost of Frankenstein", "Humoresque", "The Killers", "Letter from an Unknown Woman", "Nightmare Alley", "The Paradine Case", "Passage to Marseilles", "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "The Scarlet Claw", "Second Chorus", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", "Tales of Manhattan", "The Thin Man Goes Home", "13 Rue Madeleine", "We’re Not Married" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends", as we’ve already added these DVDs to our collections. But, on the other hand, it’s nice to find out a great deal more about these movies and also be able to easily identify players and find out background and release details without having to trawl through online sites that not only take their toll in time and frustration, but often leave the information seeker empty-handed.
I like to be able to hold a book in my hands, flip through the pages and read whatever items catch my fancy. I also enjoy looking at all the old cinema posters. Boy, do they bring memories!
And of course, there are posters in this book that I’ve never seen before but only heard about, like the great full-color pic of "Valley of the Kings" which just recently sold at an auction here for $5,850! A friend, who is a keen Eleanor Parker fan, was one of a dozen bidders, but he dropped out when the price reached $2,000!
The only thing I don't like about this particular book (and Reid's books in general} is that he indulges an annoying habit of grouping all his stills, photos and poster reproductions at the end of the book instead of spreading them throughout the text like most authors do.
Although the book is subtitled, "Films of the Forties and Fifties", Reid’s accent is definitely on the 40’s. But I’m not complaining about that. I’m an avid "forties" fan too.