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NOPE, NOTHING WRONG HERE: The Making of Cujo by Lee Gambin
MONSTER SQUAD: Celebrating the Creators Behind Cinema’s Most Memorable Creatures by Heather A. Wixson
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I love BearManor Media. They publish TV books that no publisher in their right mind ever would. Who else but BearManor would publish books about the western Temple Houston and the sitcom Good Morning World, two shows that barely survived for a single season each back in the 1960s? You could probably fit all the potential readers of those two books comfortably in a motor home for a dinner party. I’ve never seen either one of those two shows, but I still bought the books… another illustration of my raging, TV book addiction.
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Interesting book on actresses (mostly silent films) who were also sisters. There were a great many of them. The book presented information about the siblings in each chapter, the films they were in, husbands, children, etc. Very well researched. My only complaint was in the way the chapters were labeled. At the top of each page was the author's name on the left and the book title on the right. I would have liked to have had the actresses being discussed in the headers on each page since the author would refer to them by first name within the chapter. For the actresses you were not familiar with, you had to keep going back to the beginning of the chapter to see exactly who was being discussed. Some good photos and excellent footnotes.
This is an excellent book about the much-beloved game-show host. I hate to use clichés, but it truly is a page turner. It keeps the reader just as engaged as Bill himself did. Who could've guessed that a child with so many strikes against him would grow up to become wildly successful doing what he loved to do? Bill's an inspiration to one and all.
Read the book in about 25 minutes. The author was neighbor to Jane Russell while living in Santa Barbara and as such got to meet other stars such as Robert Mitchum, Stuart Whitman, Debbie Reynolds, June Allyson, and others. There is a very touching story on Jonathan Winters. A good read but I wish the photos had been rendered better.
Good book by Eddie Cantor's youngest daughter, Janet Essentially her autobiography. Not sure though why the photos were so blurred. There were some good ones in the book but very blurry.
RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS by Joe Martelle has wonderful insight on the numerous factors of the radio industry. Being brand new to the radio industry out of college there are a ton of questions and this book answered them for me. There are techniques and advice in there that I feel is so important whether you are just entering the industry (like me) or Veteran (like Joe) the advice and knowledge you retain has helped me tremendously since I received it. From my air checks to learning overall general knowledge on the industry this book will provide you with knowledge you need. Joe offers great advice and has a genuine passion for the radio industry that you can feel when reading it and to me that's the most important when reading a book. I highly recommend this to anyone that has an interest in radio and wants to further their passion.
I'm in the process of reading this book and am really, really enjoying it. What fantastic experiences Mr. Fleming had! He had a great story-telling talent, as well. Each chapter is short, which would make this the perfect book to keep in your car to read when stalled in a traffic jam. Instead of getting impatient, you'd hope traffic doesn't clear so you can keep reading!
After 40 years of waiting, my favorite movie gets the treatment it deserves. Thank you, Justin Humphreys and associates. This is the definitive document on the origins and evolution of the Phibes saga. I highly recommend this book.
For those of you familiar with Alexander's work, you'll know she has an interest in actors who should have been stars but never were. Her latest biography may be her best yet. When you see the title , you may say...Steve Who ? ...but as soon as you see the face, you'll recognize him as one of the most popular guest stars on TV throughout the 60's and early 70's. Steve Ihnat had that rare capacity to command the screen every time he was on camera. Alexander traces his life from his birth in , what was the Czechoslovakia, to his bid for fame and fortune in the USA. You'll find yourself saying.."Oh yeah, I remember him in this"...whether it be The Virginian, Bonanza, or countless other shows. But the book reaches its peak in the way that Ihnat met his untimely death. There are so many inconsistencies, so many unanswered questions...Alexander opens up a mystery that rivals the death of Natalie Wood. Do yourself a favor and get this book !
The amount of detail is astonishing! Everything you ever wanted to know about this 1959-1961 Darren McGavin series is in here. Did McGavin and Burt Reynolds get along? What does former child star Mike McGreevey have to say about his work on this show? Why did the format keep changing? It's all in here, as is an episode guide with production credits and biographies. Not enough? How about information about the Revue Studio and historical considerations? A whole lot of research obviously went into this book. It's a must-read for all Riverboat and Darren McGavin fans.
These are indeed very great interviews! I like the fact that Mr. Holder treats the interviewee with respect and asks intelligent questions. I also like the fact that he explains to us the background of many of the questions/answers to aid our understanding. Bravo!
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