Dennis King: Book 'Hollywood Rides a Bike' recounts stars on two wheels

“Hollywood Rides a Bike” recounts stars on two wheels and includes images of Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth.
BY DENNIS KING Published: April 10, 2012

There's a picture of Sean Connery in white shirt and tie riding a vintage Schwinn bicycle around the Universal back lot during the filming of “Marnie.”

There's Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth pedaling a French-made tandem bicycle on a break from shooting “The Lady in Question.”

There's a photo of Ray Walston and Anthony Perkins playing bicycle polo during a break in filming “Tall Story.”

And there's sour-faced Alfred Hitchcock awkwardly straddling a bike at the Cannes Film Festival while promoting “Frenzy.”

These are just a few of the vintage photos contained in film critic Steven Rea's whimsical, fascinating coffee-table book “Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling With the Stars” (Angel City Press, $20), an affectionate homage to two of the author's great passions — movies and bicycles.

The image-filled, 160-page book features candid photos and studio publicity shots of stars tooling around studio back lots and through various Hollywood neighborhoods aboard an array of bicycles — ranging from rust-bucket clunkers to sleek racing bikes and from decked-out street cruisers to oddball experimental rides and antique high-wheels.

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