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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.
Author Ben Ohmart is also the proprietor of BearManor Media, which has launched an impressive series of books for film, radio and TV aficionados. He deserves our thanks and support. —Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian
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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!
What a happy pleasure it was to read this book. Prelutsky is a very witty writer and has had many decades of experience in the entertainment world. Reading about those experiences and the fascinating people he's worked with or known socially will keep you thoroughly engrossed.
Great autobiography by actor Carleton Carpenter who I remember best as dueting with Debbie Reynolds on Aba Daba Honeymoon in Two Weeks With Life. Carpenter describes his growing up in New England, his time in the Seabees during WWII, his time in Hollywood, and his life on the stage (his first love). However, he is also a songwriter and author. A very interesting book of someone who has managed to make a living on the stage.
Well researched bio of wonderful character actress Una Merkel. The author had done his homework and had references at the end of chapter and included numerous interviews with those who worked with Una Merkel as well as information from interviews with Merkel. There is a nice filmography at the back.
An easy to read book by Joan Benedict Steiger. She explored her early days and her father's mysterious death and her marriages to actors John Myhers and Rod Steiger. She seems like an interesting woman.
Great book on Benny - not so much his life story but how he treated the others on the radio show and just overall, what a real gentleman and nice call that Mr. Benny was.
Excellent biography of actor Ricardo Cortez. The author did a fantastic job of research on this reclusive actor of the 20's, 30's, and 40's. I loved the way the book was organized with the first half being the actual biography (which is full of photos) and the second half being on each film which includes cast, summary, some reviews, some fun facts about the film or cast, and if it is available - either via DVD or in a film library. This last fact was most appreciated and one I do not recall seeing in any previous books I have read. The book did a great job of presenting what Cortez was like as a person, even though he seemed difficult to know, and was not especially liked, by his colleagues. There was an extensive bibliography. Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of pre-code films.
Being the curious sort, I was eager to see what inside stories Mr. Knopf revealed in this book. I wasn't disappointed. He's been a much-sought-after writer for decades and has received many awards as a result, so he's had a vast array of experiences, both happy and sad. So now I know what it's like to be a successful writer of movies, TV shows, and mini-series.
Excellent biography of actor Sydney Greenstreet who had a prolific stage career before starting in films at age 61 with 1941's The Maltese Falcon. The photographs alone in this book are well worth it showing Greenstreet in his various stage roles. One minor error on page 32 where Rhett and Scarlett's daughter Bonnie is referred to as Bonny. The book has an extensive notes section as well as an appendix listing his films, stage work, and radio programs. This book really gives you a good look at Greenstreet.
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