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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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I just finished this book and really enjoyed the hell out of it. I think most valuable for me, personally, was not only learning about the show, but gaining some deep insights into the nature of comedy writing itself, as the author takes us inside the heads of the writers and tells us what they were thinking during the creation of this comedy classic. Ms. Noe's writing is taut, lively, and witty, sweeping you along at a fast pace with no boring parts. A very informative, very fun read.
This is a quick read that's a ton of laughs. If you're feeling down, "Angels On Tap" would be a perfect way to lift you to a happier mood.
Anna has a way of making even the worst moment still sound so positive. This isn't a book dedicated to bashing others or revealing deep, dark secrets. Instead, it is a book about an ordinary woman who felt extremely lucky to have had the life she did and meet the people she did along the way. Especially with her passing, this book is more important now than ever is preserving the memories of a Hollywood legend and humanitarian.
“Tapes From California: Teenage Road Tripping” is a biographical account of author Jill Nelson’s six-month roundabout journey through Western Canada and Pacific Coast of the United States along with her close friend, Jan. Drawing upon her own personal journals, Nelson documents the pair’s adventures in numerous landmark cities, including California hotbeds Los Angeles, San Diego, Hollywood and San Francisco. Along the way, Nelson and her companion form an abundance of friendships, connect with extended family and experience glimmers of romance. Adding context to the story are photographs, sketches and souvenirs from the time period, courtesy of the author. Overall, “Tapes From California” is a comprehensive tale of friendship, youthful independence, inner conflict and growth.
Being of a similar age as the author I really enjoyed her journey and it brought back a lot of memories from the 70's. The book made me envious of the courage Jill and her friend Jan displayed while taking on this adventure. The characters, resting spots, means of transportation were very well documented. Would definitely consider visiting some of the places she stopped at. I really enjoyed the afterward, that gave a brief update on Jill, Jan , and some of the people they came across.
A lot of ink has been spilt over Groucho's sad, final days, but attention must be paid to this account because Steve was actually there and was an eyewitness to what went on. Not all depressing, there are some amusing, never-before-published anecdotes about Groucho and friends. This revised edition covers the fifteen-year period since the release of the first edition.
The Animated Marx Brothers is an exhaustive and totally delightful look at all, and I do mean all, the animated appearances of the Marxes in old cartoons, animated TV shows, commercials, avant garde films, etc. Every entry gets a capsule summary and review and the books is stuffed with fun facts and photos. If you like the Marx Brothers, then this book is highly recommended for an entirely new slant on their eternal personas. Now we just need a companion DVD!
Pat Silver-Lasky's new book HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY-A FAMILY IN FILMS touches the heart by sharing hundreds of personal letters between movie pioneer Jesse L. Lasky and his screen-writing son, Jesse Junior. Pat Silver-Lasky has delicately woven together illuminating facts with her own insights about Hollywood's formative years. The book is insightful, inspirational, historically authentic, adventurous and timely. It should be in every school and public library. BRILLIANT WORK! I GIVE IT FIVE STARS! Don Sartell, Author & Producer
“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.
“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
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“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
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“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