Upcoming author events:
October 20: Joe Jordan (Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle) book signing at screening of 13 Ghosts, Eureka Theater, Eureka, CA
October 23: Ken Rotcop (As I Remember It: My Fifty Year Career As An Award Winning Writer, Producer and Studio Executive) on Mara Brown television show in Hollywood
November 11-12: Ken Rotcop (As I Remember It: My Fifty Year Career As An Award Winning Writer, Producer and Studio Executive) lecturing and signing his book at the Ojai WordFest
December 2: Nat Segaloff (Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors, Screen Saver Too: Hollywood Strikes Back) speaking at Hollywood Heritage Museum
December 13: Pat Silver-Lasky (Hollywood Royalty: A Family in Films) at Evening@theBarn event, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
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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“Just when I think no more books can be written about early Hollywood and its beginning from a personal and intimate perspective, along comes Hollywood Royalty: a Family in Films . . . the author explores the intricate dynamics of a family who gains wealth and prestige and how they coped when studio politics and the Depression rocked their lavish lifestyle.", Michael G. Ankerich. And...
I had been anticipating getting my hands on a copy of this book from the time that I heard it was going to be published. I've always enjoyed stories about celebrities, and what they are like away from the spotlight. Peter does a great job of getting people to open up and talk about some things that might not normally be discussed, all without any pressure to do so. A very easy, relaxing read, chock full of interesting tidbits, well structured - tough to put down! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about their favorite stars.
Total TV Productions produced some of the most memorable characters in animation history. Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo, Chumley, Commadar McBragg. I loved them all as a kid and reading this book brought back all of those great memories all over again. This thing is packed with photos, rare drawings and details about the creators and the stories of how these shows ever got on the air. This is my favorite Bear Manor book and I have read a lot them over the years. Kudos to M Arnold for his due diligence in his research for this treasure.
For a show that lasted all of two seasons, Car 54 truly left it's mark on early 1960's TV comedy. This book will not only give you a very detailed guide of each of the 60 episodes but also unused plot ideas and fan ideas that were presented to series creator Nat Hiken. There is a good run down of the cast & writers to give the reader more insight into what made Car 54 so unique.
One of my a favorite shows as a kid finally has a reference guide and details about the show I never knew about. The interviews with Gil & Erin are very revealing along with accounts from Felix Silla who played Twiki. This book is detail orientated and has lots of photos. Lots of curious back stories and side notes make this read a must for fans of Buck Rogers.
Boy there have been a ton of books written on The Brady Bunch over the years. Why another one? I think what's happened is that some are out of print, the actors themselves have corrected facts or myths of stories that have circulated for years that become legendary. This book takes everything together and gives you more facts about a man named Brady then you ever thought possible. Great photos and would make a welcome addition to your Brady collection or maybe just start one.
Nobody had a laugh like ole Jimmy Best. That iconic giggle that road across any Dukes of Hazzard fans living room from the late 1970's to the early 80's endeared him forever as a TV legend. This book will go into not only details about Dukes but T Zone, A Griffith roles and his work in film as well. Great family man and has a lot to say about his fellow Hollywood alum which you will not want to miss. Great candid photos as well.
A loving tribute to a Giant among voice actors ever to work on tv, radio or film. His characters that he voiced are legendary such as Yogi or Huckelberry Hound. But way before Hanna Barbera Daws worked on early tv kids show like "Time For Beany" . Great learning about his voice workshops he did for aspiring voice actors in the 1970's, among those is co-author Joe himself. The book contains letters written by Daws to his students & friends. It was fun to read that NOBODY ever had a bad thing to say about Daws. Even fellow voice actors of his era like June Foray & Paul Frees had nothing but respect for Daws. I enjoyed the credits at the end of the book most of all as I try & find some of these radio shows on CD. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Vintage cartoons & radio shows. It was nice to read that Daws the man although only 5'2 had a big heart & was probably a better mentor & teacher than he was as a performer.
As a kid growing up watching The Twilight Zone on TV 38 in Boston the show was my favorite to watch when I could catch it. I recall buying Marc Scott Zicree's TZ Companion in the 8th grade & had actually hand written every episode on notebook paper & checked off each one season by season noting when I had watched them, hoping at some point to see every episode from all five seasons. This book is an incredible look inside the making of a classic series. Packed with details about network advertising, creative differences on writing & production from one season to another & running tabs on episode costs with just unreal research & detail, a staple of all of Mr. Gram's books that I have read. It took me weeks of dedicated reading to get through this & I've since read it a second time, it never gets boring. If your a sucker for detail, like to know the story behind the story or just want to get inside the mind of Rod Serling this book is a must for you.
Couldn't put it down. This guy has done it all. I read a ton of biography's of Hollywood legends & this one is honest, straight to the point & does not focus on item or topic for very long. Easy read. Legend. Will not disappoint. Yes, he was Oscar Goldman but so much more. It will answer a lot of questions you probably had for him if you could have asked them in person.
“What I like about Bear Manor Media is that they have made accessible books about rare shows and forgotten actors and actresses that really deserve more recognition than they received.” -David Pierce
“My boyfriend and I are both avid readers, so naturally, the birthday gifts tend toward the literary and the musical, so what do I show him? More than a dozen pages printed off from your website with every book I want. Now, it's up to him to remember and come through! This same Wish List will be sent to my family members at Christmas, as well. That’s how much I love these books!” -Jami
“What I like about Bear Manor is probably the simplest thing you do . . . these newsletters, which are so much more than the usual PR fluff that publishers churn out. You clearly take your time to construct them, Ben, and they are genuinely informative. I always make the time to open them up and give 'em a read.” -Gene Popa
“I'm not sure just one e-mail is enough to express how much I love the Bearmanor Media books! My boyfriend will confirm my frustration at not being able to find more of them at the library or even through Borders! They carry hardly any, and none of the ones I want! Among the Bearmanor Media books I've read are Bradypedia, Daws Butler Character Actor, Welcome Foolish Mortals The Life and Voices of Paul Frees, A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Hooneymooners: I Had a Life! by Jane Kean, Hold That Joan The Life, Laughs, and Films of Joan Davis, Bill Marx, The Story of Vic and Sade, and Spike Milligan. My Book Wish List is overwhelmed with Bearmanor books, and I look forward to your newsletters, as well, to see if anything else is coming out that I'd like to read (with a bit of happy trepidation, too, as it just makes my Wish List longer! Keep up the good work for all of us rabid fans of TV, film, radio, and animation!” -Jami Simon
“I like the variety of books on popular culture topics that would be obscure to most of the public. I was especially impressed by The Thin Man Murder Over Cocktails. The authors show themselves to be very knowledgeable.” –Stu Shiffman
“BearManor Media is very unique,
They have nostalgic books for sale seven days a week!
You can purchase books of famous people,
from Wally Cox to Sondra Lee,
or buy books about golden TV shows,
such as Bonanza or Fibber McGee.
And not only are the books interesting,
and reasonably priced, you'll see,
but they are written by common everyday folk
and not by well-paid celebrities.
So if you want an enjoyable book to read,
not something boring like an encyclopedia,
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Purchase your books from BearManor Media!” -Kimball Crum
“As per your newsletter, I am writing to let you know how much I love Bearmanor Media! (And this would not be overstating it). I don't remember which book or books brought your company to my attention, but I have always been a TV/radio fanatic, so when I discovered your books and website, I was in hog heaven . . . When I discovered your company's books, it turned into one-stop shopping! The books are both entertaining and informative, plus bring back a lot of very nice and nostalgic memories. For a person like me, it's like a rock and a hard place—there are so many books that I want to read that I can't keep up as it is, and then every year you bring out more! I'm still looking forward to reading the books about Alan Reed, June Foray, Joe Alaskey, Here Come the Brides, Car 54, Johnny Olson, Verna Felton, and on and on! What can I say? Your company rocks!” -Jami Simon
“I really enjoy the fact that Bearmanor Media is a haven for lovers of vintage TV, radio, and film stars, and truly has a vision for focusing on actors and actress and programming that has not been documented all that well, if at all. Digging out the facts, logging the lists of programming dates, is a true dream for collectors of radio shows, old tv, and movies. The books on voice actors (often ignored by main stream media), such as Alan Reed, Paul Frees, Daws Butler, June Foray, and others, give tremendous insight into what makes a great cartoon or radio show and why they are memorable . . . it's the voices! The books dedicated solely to radio programming are second to none. I now collect on MP3 and use the books as reference guides. My two sons aged twelve and nine read everything I buy, so they can keep up with what dad likes! They want to top Dad in knowledge and trivia, and that makes me proud. Your pricing is very reasonable, and shipping is always quick and well protected. The weekly e-mails are wonderful because that way I don't miss any new releases. Holiday shopping at its finest!” -Roger Scales
“I love the diversity of subjects (radio, tv, movies and the people involved with them) and the ability to use them as easy resources, especially the Video/radio/show logs they are usually well-written and researched (especially by co-owner Martin Grams), and the covers are intriguing without being overdone. If I see one of your books from another source (bookstore, used bookstore, radio spirits), I am more likely to buy it based on reputation and experience of the author(s).” –Peter Hirschman
“I admire BearManor Media's uncanny ability to unearth long lost scripts. I've read all five radio script books (Baby Snooks, The Bickersons, and Sam Spade). Believe it or not, I prefer to read radio scripts on the printed page and hear it in my mind rather than through my ears. Another thing is the unfilmed Universal horrors (Dracula with Lon Chaney, Dracula's Daughter, Wolfman vs. Dracula, and Cagliostro). I don't have those yet, but once I get the money in these financially strapped times (which will be soon), I'll certainly buy them. Since these will never be filmed, they're just right for the movie theater in my mind. Thank you, BearManor, for digging up all of this treasure.” -Jonathan Bridge
“You celebrate the obscure but worthy foundation that is our entertainment. Where else could you find books about Fibber McGee and Molly, Laurel and Hardy, Underdog, The Brady Bunch, the classic Universal Monsters? BearManor celebrates a time when there was real entertainment, not the fake reality junk that passes as entertainment today. I love reading about those days, and am glad that these books exist to inform us, entertain us, and celebrate a better time in America's culture! God bless BearManor Media!” -Mike Bennett
“I check your web site every week to see what’s new. You always are doing something interesting from the field of either old radio or television. I love both mediums. I like to be able to find books about stars that were just ordinary people that happened to be on the radio or old tv shows. So many people from the old radio programs would have been forgotten if you hadn't put books out about them or someone else from the show. So many of these people were on many different shows and later moved to tv. It’s just not always easy to pick them out, because the tv shows are so different from what they did on the radio. It’s great to be able to relive the times when life seemed to be easier.” -Dave Stover
“Still the best movie star books on the market! I love my classic stars and each new BearManor Media book helps bring back joyous memories for me.” -Herb