This excellent reference book is the first complete history and development of the vibrant film industry in Louisiana, dubbed Hollywood on the Bayou. Told through dozens of movie posters and stills and many fascinating details, it takes readers from the birth of the cinema in 1896, its early struggles, and on to the current plethora of film companies working in the state. Ed and Susan Poole, 30-year film accessory collectors and researchers in Gretna, LA, take us behind the scenes to explain Louisiana film lore and allure in characters such as Morgus the Magnificent, Evangeline, and the Vampire Lestat. They look at the state’s diverse ethnic heritage and natural venues that inspire film makers, not to mention genres and topics only Louisiana can conjure: voodoo, Mardi Gras, cities of the dead, and Creole and Cajun cultures and dialects. Louisiana now ranks third in the country in film production, bested only by California and New York. This is the only complete reference book on how that came to be. It lists thousands of films shot totally or partially in Louisiana in well over a hundred years and gives a history of the more prominent ones. The 8.5 x 11 inch perfect bound book is richly illustrated by dozens of movie posters and stills from the Pooles’ personal collection, reminders of the major national and international influence of Louisiana in cinema.