Friday, October 24, 2014

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I bid you . . . welcome . . . to the Bearmanor Media Book Club. Please forgive us, even though we make no apologies for this blatantly pandering attempt to tie in our awesome new promotional feature with our sincere celebration of actor Bela Lugosi's birthday today, October, 20. Yes, we admit that we've hijacked Halloween 2014 to beat the drum for our Book Club, but there's nothing about this idea to even bat around. The details below prove why the public has really taken a bite into this great program.
Film Horror animated GIFIt's so good it seems like it is becoming contagious, but don't let it make you a bit nervous like Peter Lorre. In case you're one of the few still holding back, just think of our new Book Club as a Frequent Buyer Discount Program that may help defray the high cost of gifts this year. For a modest $25 annual fee, you receive an eye-popping 25% off all BearManor booksand 10% off all Coverout.com titles. Can you say "M" (for magnificent)? 

*Non-transferable to anyone else or to anyone else's paypal account except the buyer. Not valid with other offers or specials. Not valid to BM authors or wholesalers. A few exceptions apply, such as non-BearManor Media books, Bulldog Drummond, and Dragnet titles. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELA










I used to think that when the Andrews Sisters sang that line from their hit song 
"Bei Mir Bist Du Schön" they were singing about Bela Lugosi. You know what I mean, the lyrics that went:

"
I could say 'bella, bella' even 'sehr wunderbar'
Each language only helps me tell you how grand you are!"

Still, the lyrics do apply to Bela.

Of course you'll love Gary D. Rhodes' and Bill Kaffenberger'sNo Traveler Returns: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi. Get three copies: one for you, one for Christmas for your friend that loves horror movie history as much as you, and one for your local library. Use our 25% off BearManor Media Book Club discount. Celebrate Halloween 2014 and Bela's October birthday the right way. 
YOUR GUIDE TO HOLIDAY HAPPINESS

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Remember back in the 1960s and 1970s when you used to get catalogs in the mail that you spent whole evenings reading while you watched those awesome new free Movies of the Week on network broadcasts? (Edward G. Robinson in The Old Man Who Cried Wolf, James Caan in Brian's Song, Patty Duke in My Sweet Charlie, Barbara Stanwyck in The House That Would Not Die, Cicely Tyson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, William Holden in The Blue Knight, Glenn Ford in The Brotherhood of the Bell, and so many others?)

Everything old is new again. We still produce a catalog, yet now you can see it for free on your laptop, iPad, or Nook while you're watching those awesome new free one-hour TV shows they run in back-to-back episodes in color, which is the same thing as watching a two-hour movie.

You simply download for FREE our groovy new 2015 Catalog that's packed with many never before seen illustrations, as well as all those books you wanted but accidentally forgot about, plus our brand new editions you've heard tantalizing rumors about, and even a few surprises. You open it up on your screen. You flip the pages. Nothing has changed. Your FREE PDF version is a mere click away.  






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THIS WEEK'S BEST SELLER
The Gilmore Girls Companion
by A. S. Berman
 
Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) raised the bar for television writing, redefined the dramatic comedy, and cultivated a dedicated fan base not seen since the heights of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, unlike Buffy, little has been published about what went on behind-the-scenes of Gilmore Girl. Until now. Read more . . . .
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A HARDBACK BOOK OR A PAPERBACK BOOK?
 
I think this idea will take the publishing world by storm. If all goes well, you may get to soon see our new edition of Halloween horror stories called Black of Night. It's printed with black type on same color black paper. (This is a video of me looking at galleys.) The nice thing about it is that it really engages a reader's imagination at a whole new level, and readers find it equally as thought-provoking in paperback or hardback. 

You'll have to make your own decision which to buy. We're busy imagining the truly terrifying story in Chapter Two called "Murder by Merman," about a serial killer who ties his victims to a chair and tortures them to death by forcing them to listen to 17 Ethel Merman albums in a row. Our hardback books are stacking up exclusively through CoverOut. Click the logo below and see twhat's getting people all excited. 

SPERDVAC

No, it's not a new cyclonic vacuum cleaner. It's the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety, and Comedy (SPERDVAC), that hosted a special guest, prolific BearManor Media author Stanley Dyrector, to discuss his new book, Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist, at a recent meeting at the West Valley Library in Reseda.

Dyrector started his career as a radio actor and writer of many episodes of the Sears Radio Theater. If you haven't yet been able to hear any of his live presentations on The Blacklist, you'll cherish this opportunity: hear his presentation as it was just recently recorded. The presentation is scheduled to broadcast for everyone everywhere for free on YesterdayUSA.com at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Mark your calendar!

(Photo depicts Stanley Dyrector interviewed by Barbara Harmon at the event

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A BEARMANOR MEDIA CLASSIC EDITION
STRAIGHT ARROW: THE DEFINITIVE RESOURCE
FOR THE STRAIGHT ARROW PROMOTION, 1949-1956 

by William H. Harper

Straight Arrow was a juvenile Western adventure show, which was popular with young listeners from 1948-1951. The show followed Steve Adams, a young man of Comanche descent, who was raised on a ranch as a white man.  
Long-time writer and researcher William Harper shares his wealth of articles, comics, complete radio log, and much more in this definitive work. Read more . . . .

NEW RELEASES
BearManor Media readers (like most people) are fairly fickle, but in a good way. For example, one month we want to read about the back story behind a famous celebrity. The next month, we want to read the hitherto unknown story of a forgotten star so we can flaunt our superior knowledge at the next Happy Hour we go to. Either way, we're insatiable for the fascinating stories of the most loved characters in the movies, on Broadway, on TV, and on Old Time Radio. This year, we're emphasizing quality over quantity, and we're spinning out new books from the eclectic to the imminent. All the extra time and effort has really paid off handsomely, and here's why:

Behind Sach: The Huntz Hall Story 
Discover the life of the actor who made us laugh with his unforgettable and unique persona of Horace DeBussy Jones, better known simply as “Sach.”  This is the story of Huntz Hall, who played the zany character in forty-eight Bowery Boys films from the 1946 thru 1958.  Someday Hall will be lauded as surely a comic genius as Chaplin.  But until then, this biography drawn from interviews provided by his son and grandson offers a respectful portrait and appreciation of the man and his persona. Read more . . . .

Let Me Tell You Have I Really Feel . . . Again
The fascinating follow-up to Laura's Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel: The Uncensored Book Reviews of Classic Images' Laura Wagner, 2001-2010 gathers up the best of Laura's entertainment reviews from her monthly Classic Images book column. Laura is the co-author of Killer Tomatoes: 15 Tough Film Dames (McFarland), and Anne Francis: Her Life and Career (McFarland). Read more . . . .


Badass Women of Cinema: A Collection of Interviews
Martial arts actresses. Cult Heroes. Stuntwomen. In a series of interviews by Chris Watson, cinema’s toughest ladies, an eclectic group of international actresses, discuss the challenges they’ve faced from the upstart of their careers.  Interviewees include Cheng Pei Pei (Come Drink with Me), Yukari Oshima (Outlaw Brothers), Marrie Lee (They Call Her…Cleopatra Wong), Cynthia Rothrock (Yes, Madam), and many more. Read more . . . .

The Power and the Glory . . . For Ever and Ever

Mob boss Philip Vega is back in Janette Anderson's new thriller. Vega passes the torch to his favorite son, but betrayal, treachery, and deception rear their ugly heads in a nail-biting race to an unforgettable climax. 
Read more . . . .



The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley

Dr. Robert V. Kenny explores the lives and films of Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, 
who were among the highest-paid and most admired variety artistes in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s. They packed theaters throughout the land, and made a series of zany films with Arthur as the belligerent washerwoman Old Mother Riley, and Kitty as her flighty daughter. Read more . . . .

George Brent: Ireland's Gift to Hollywood and It's Leading Ladies

This new book is our best seller for the second week in a row, and for a good reason. Bette Davis answered “George Brent” whenever asked to name her favorite co-star. Her longtime crush on the actor (they teamed in eleven films) culminated in an off-screen affair while filming Dark Victory (1939) for which she received an Oscar nomination and Brent gave what many consider his “finest performance.” Hollywood’s top stars clamored to play opposite Brent. Read more . . . . 

Rock & Roll Recollections

He was there. He rocked. Read his interesting and revealing compilation of fascinating interviews, conversations, and anecdotes about a diverse lineup of Rock, Pop, and Soul performers. Author and musician William R. Chemerka provides unique glimpses into the professional and personal lives of the world's most famous rmusical performers who have made important contributions to popular music. 
Read more . . . .


We Can Be Who We Are

Lee Gambin explores this explosive energy and diversity lf 1970s musicals. From the quirky sophistication of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and the dark unnerving genius ofCabaret to the sweet sentimentality of Charlotte’s Web,Gambin’s book offers insightful film criticism while exhaustively covering the decade. 
Pre-order now or read more . . . .


Nobody's Stooge: Ted Healy

Discover the missing back-story of the dawn of The Three Stooges in this groundbreaking full-length biography of Ted Healy. He began his show business career in Vaudeville and climbed to the pinnacle of fame as a movie star, appearing in dozens of films, such as Dancing Lady (1933) with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, Operator 13 (1934) with Gary Cooper and Marion Davies, Reckless (1935) with Jean Harlow, and the Academy Award-winning San Francisco(1936) with Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, and Gable. Healy's sudden death at age forty-one just days after the birth of his son has long been surrounded in mystery and scandal. Was his death by natural causes or did foul play involving an alleged MGM/Wallace Beery murder cover up the truth? 
Pre-order now or read more . . . .

Mad Movies With the LA Connection

Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection was a 1985 syndicated television show produced by the comedy troupe, The L.A. Connection. Every episode was a spoof of a classic movie edited to fit the show's half-hour format and all the dialogue overdubbed with new, ridiculous, wacky, and humorous dialogue written and voiced by the L.A. Connection in a manner similar to Woody Allen's feature-length film, What's Up, Tiger Lily? Author Mike White presents the ultimate guide to the show that caused an entire generation to tune in to the turned-on team.Coming soon! 
WIN $200 IN FREE BOOKS

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THE ICON IS BACK

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The polished and perfected Icon: The Life, Times, and Films of Marilyn Monroe, Volume 2: 1956 to 1962 & Beyond by psychotherapist and author Gary Vitacco-Robles has just been released. He re-frames and redefines the fascinating woman behind her iconic image through an analysis of her psyche and an appreciation of her film and stage performances.  
 




After a decade of meticulous research, Volume 2 offers a treasure trove of facts comprehensively documenting each year of Marilyn's life within the context of her tumultuous times and through her relationships with literary, entertainment, and political figures. Discover the 
last six years of her life and her impact on our culture in the five decades following her early tragic death. Read more . . . .
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When you buy any BearManor Media product, you get your name placed in the fish bowl for our Weekly Free Book Drawing. If you're the lucky person chosen, we'll notify you promptly to visit our web site and choose from our current catalog.

THIS WEEK'S WINNER IS FACADES FX MAKEUP LAB! Congratulations!


The rest of us will have to check in at the BearManor Media web site this next week and make a purchase to get our names in the bowl for next week's drawing. Don't let waiting drive you psycho. Visit the BearManor Media web site right now. 

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DISCOVER MOVIE GEMS AT GRAPEVINE VIDEO




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Over 600 classic films available on DVD.  
They have rare silent pictures and early sound films that are offered nowhere else, a bit of everything available, including dramas, comedies, Westerns, serials, and a wide assortment of early foreign films. Plus they're adding more titles all the time! You love classic cinema, and you'll want to be informed of their introductory prices on new releases and other special offers. Sign up for their newsletter by clicking here.

Here are four silent films released on DVD just last month:

A Girl's Folly (1917) - Maurice Tourneur directs Robert Warwick and Doris Kenyon in this drama set about a film studio.

The Prince and the Pauper (1920) - Alexander Korda’s German adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale of two identical boys of very different origin.

Timothy's Quest (1922) - Sidney Olcott directs this touching silent drama about two orphans who flee the city in a quest for a better future.

Kit Carson Over the Great Divide (1925) - Frank S. Mattison directs Roy Stewart and a star studded cast in a Western frontier epic!





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Friday, October 17, 2014

SPERDVAC 

No, it's not a new cyclonic vacuum cleaner.

The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety, and Comedy (SPERDVAC) played host to special guest Stanley Dyrector and his book, Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participats at its meetingat the West Valley Library, 19036 Vanowen St., Reseda.

Dyrector started his career as a radio actor and writer of many episodes of the Sears Radio Theater. 

Hear the meeting on YesterdayUSA.com at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's alive!


It's Alive

It's alive! The Bearmanor Media Book Club is alive! In the true spirit of pandering segues and shameless promotional tie-ins, we've boldly hijacked this Halloween 2014 to electrify you with eloquent euphemisms that dare to blatantly broadcast our Book Club. The truth is, we're looking forward to our 500th Book Club member, and we hope it's you!

I know you hate to think about stocking up on stocking stuffers for Christmas when you haven't even yet got enough Halloween candy to give to those roaming kid scavengers from the next block and for all you know from the other side of town. No, it's not your imagination. They ALL make a beeline to YOUR house . . . every one of them. But think of our new Book Club as a Frequent Buyer Discount Program that may help defray the high cost of gifts this year. For a modest $25 annual fee, you receive 25% off all BearManor booksand 10% off all Coverout.com titles.

*Non-transferable to anyone else or to anyone else's paypal account except the buyer. Not valid with other offers or specials. Not valid to BM authors or wholesalers. A few exceptions apply, such as non-BearManor Media books, Bulldog Drummond, and Dragnet titles. 

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YOUR GUIDE TO HOLIDAY HAPPINESS
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A HARDBACK OR  A PAPERBACK BOOK?
They're both awesome in their own ways

 
How many times have I rested my chin in my hand and just stared with loving awe like Clara Bow at my book collection? The sheer cost of all those books (along with the ditched 8mm films, record albums, 8-tracks, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, and standard definition DVDs, not to mention all the money I spent on dates that ultimately went nowhere) would be enough to fund my retirement, unless I live to 100, in which case I'm screwed. That's why I like paperback books. If kept nicely, they will last the rest of my life, and their lower cost enables me to buy more.

On the other hand, there are those who strongly prefer hardback books the way Clara Bow preferred Rex Bell. You'll have to make your own decision. We've got enough on our plate just trying to decide whether to ditch all of our Blu-ray DVDs we only just bought and buy those film favorites all over again in the new 4K technology that's sweeping the world or just wait for the Superman crystals to become a reality. 

 
We're busy making our books available in hardback, paperback, e-book, and audio book editions so you have a choice. Our hardback books are stacking up exclusively through CoverOut. Click the logo below and see the shining hardback books.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) in 3D

No, you're eyes are not seeing double, so stop cleaning your glasses. Speaking of Blu-ray, the ruby-red slippers are about to kick right out of your home TV in the fantastic new 75th Anniversary Blu-ray 3D edition.

The photo here is for those of you who happen to have a pair of those red/blue 3D glasses littering your TV room somewhere along with your old VHS copy of The Wizard of Oz that you haven't yet thrown out even though no one you know even has a VHS player anymore. Everyone was impressed that you poneyed up big bucks for the 70th Anniversary Edition, but get over it. Take off your Pearl Vision Center spectacles that you bought on their 2 for 1 special, put on your 3D glasses, and look at the picture. You'll get an idea of how the movie looks in 3D now that the 75th Anniversary Edition has just come out on Blu-ray.
 
As for the 3D experience, I was quite surprised. Still am actually. Depth and dimensionality are more convincing than I expected, and very rarely does the film resemble a pop-up storybook. Great care has been invested in making the actors and the world they inhabit look wondrous in 3D, and the film's elaborate sets, already a hallmark of color, vibrancy, and cinematic craft, are more immersive than ever before; almost to the point of inviting the viewer to step into the screen and tour the MGM lot, or as if the production were shot in 3D all those years ago. No small feat considering the challenges the restoration and conversion teams faced. Even the audio is bumped up with a whole new mix. All dialogue is in the center audio channel, while the music has been remixed for surround sound home theater systems.

Now, the really big question is Should I fall for the marketing ballyhoo and buy the Blu-ray 75th Anniversary edition DVD in 3D, or should I just wait for the 80th Anniversary Edition that's bound to come out in LBH (Living Breathing Holograms) or whatever new technology the electronic industry is sure to shove down our throats about the time I'm forced by law to disburse some funds from my 401K account? I can already guess that the upgrade will cost an amount equal to that, right? Oh, bring on the Superman crystals already so we'll never have to upgrade our stuff again, nor will we have to buy The Beatles' White Album for the twelfth time. 
A BEARMANOR MEDIA CLASSIC EDITION
I, Red Skelton, or A Man, His Movies, and Sometimes His Monkeys!
by Wes D. Gehring

Thank God this story is in flat 2D. Looking at that 3D picture above without red/blue glasses is giving me a headache. It's like watching Cozy TV and those low-res 1970s TV episodes that are interspersed with senior citizen commercials they run in endless loops. (I've seen that Lifestyle Lift commercial 1,297 times, and I should buy one, but I'm afraid they'd have to stretch my face back so far I'd look like Richard Barthelmess in Broken Blossoms and have to change my name to Wong Li. Some people might enjoy the humor in that, though.)

Red SkeltonSpeaking of humor, you'll enjoy our Red Skelton biography as much as thousands of others, like Steve Bell, former anchor for ABC News and Good Morning, America. He said, "We learn much about the women in Red’s life, notably the indomitable Edna Stillwell, the first wife, whose guidance and drive were most responsible for Red’s early success. There is also an intriguing portrait of the beautiful but troubled Georgia, his second wife, who was probably the true love of his life.”
Steve added, "I find myself always being drawn into Wes’ comedic research and storytelling by its insights into the history, politics and sociology of the period explored. In that context, his gift is not only that of a researcher but also a “decoder” of what leads a reader to exclaim. ‘Oh, so that’s how he (the subject) got that way.’” Read more or order now . . . . 
NEW RELEASES 
 
The Power and the Glory . . . For Ever and Ever

Mob boss Philip Vega is back in Janette Anderson's new thriller. Vega passes the torch to his favorite son, but betrayal, treachery, and deception rear their ugly heads in a nail-biting race to an unforgettable climax. 
Read more . . . .



The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley

Dr. Robert V. Kenny explores the lives and films of Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, 
 who were among the highest-paid and most admired variety artistes in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s. They packed theatres throughout the land, and made a series of zany films with Arthur as the belligerent washerwoman Old Mother Riley, and Kitty as her flighty daughter. Read more . . . .

George Brent: Ireland's Gift to Hollywood and It's Leading Ladies

This new book is our best seller for the second week in a row, and for a good reason. Bette Davis answered “George Brent” whenever asked to name her favorite co-star. Her longtime crush on the actor (they teamed in eleven films) culminated in an off-screen affair while filming Dark Victory (1939) for which she received an Oscar nomination and Brent gave what many consider his “finest performance.” Hollywood’s top stars clamored to play opposite Brent. Read more . . . . 

Rock & Roll Recollections

He was there. He rocked. Read his interesting and revealing compilation of fascinating interviews, conversations, and anecdotes about a diverse lineup of Rock, Pop, and Soul performers. Author and musician William R. Chemerka provides unique glimpses into the professional and personal lives of the world's most famous rmusical performers who have made important contributions to popular music. 
Read more . . . .


We Can Be Who We Are

Lee Gambin explores this explosive energy and diversity lf 1970s musicals. From the quirky sophistication of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and the dark unnerving genius ofCabaret to the sweet sentimentality of Charlotte’s Web,Gambin’s book offers insightful film criticism while exhaustively covering the decade. 
Pre-order now or read more . . . .


Nobody's Stooge: Ted Healy

Discover the missing back-story of the dawn of The Three Stooges in this groundbreaking full-length biography of Ted Healy. He began his show business career in Vaudeville and climbed to the pinnacle of fame as a movie star, appearing in dozens of films, such as Dancing Lady (1933) with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, Operator 13 (1934) with Gary Cooper and Marion Davies, Reckless (1935) with Jean Harlow, and the Academy Award-winning San Francisco(1936) with Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, and Gable. Healy's sudden death at age forty-one just days after the birth of his son has long been surrounded in mystery and scandal. Was his death by natural causes or did foul play involving an alleged MGM/Wallace Beery murder cover up the truth? 
Pre-order now or read more . . . .

Mad Movies With the LA Connection

Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection was a 1985 syndicated television show produced by the comedy troupe, The L.A. Connection. Every episode was a spoof of a classic movie edited to fit the show's half-hour format and all the dialogue overdubbed with new, ridiculous, wacky, and humorous dialogue written and voiced by the L.A. Connection in a manner similar to Woody Allen's feature-length film, What's Up, Tiger Lily? Author Mike White presents the ultimate guide to the show that caused an entire generation to tune in to the turned-on team.Coming soon! 
WIN $200 IN FREE BOOKS

Alone Black And White animated GIFThese Frankenstein gestures are exactly what I was doing this weekend while I was hanging Christmas lights and trying to direct the effort from the ground while my wife was on the roof and not putting the snowman a little more to the left like I wanted.

Yes, we know you didn't have time last week to take advantage of our Generous-Like-Mother-Theresa offer to bolster our ego by putting book reviews of your favorite BearManor Media books on Amazon in exchange for a chance to win $200 in free books, but now that your wife has gone out on her first gift-buying frenzy, or now that your husband has given his approval to inviting the whole clan over (not that you needed his approval) and you've got upcoming expenses out the wazoo, maybe you'll sing a diferent tune. Since this is the month a lot of people are celebrating Halloween, and since we can't seem to get enough 5-star reviews on Amazon.com to satisfy our craving for glory, what could be more appropriate than to lure you into posting your review of your favorite BearManor Media book on amazon in order to be in the drawing for $200 worth of BearManor Media books? Simply post your review on Amazon.com on the book's page and s
end us the link to your review. Your name will be thrown in a shocking frenzy into our frothing cauldron. An Official Winner will be chosen and notified on Halloween. Send your review and link to books@benohmart.com.
NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION SOCIETY
 
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Monte Blue in Defying Destiny (1923)





 

After spending nearly $10 for gas, $40 for a babysitter, and $50 for two tickets to a recent movie plus a tub of popcorn and two cokes, I had to recall how much I've spent in my lifetime on films, and then my wife rightfully (as she claims she always is) suggested that the film industry owes all of us something in return for making them as fabulously wealthy as kings and queens of old.

No sooner said than the National Film Preservation Society has given all of us free views of dozens of rare movies we would never get to see otherwise.
 Discover a mother lode of rare preserved films at The National Film Preservation Foundation that are free to watch online anytime for free. (Run a cable from your computer hard drive to your big ol' TV and you can really have fun!) The nonprofit organization was created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition. Read more . . . .
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONTREMAKE COMING
Of course you remember this truly haunting final shot from the original version of this unforgettable war movie that starred Lew Ayres. All Quiet on the Western Frontwas based on the 1928 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, who was a German veteran of World War I, and described the immense stress on soldiers during the conflict. You also remember what happened just before this when battle-scarred Lew sees a butterfly on the ground in no man's land and reaches for it while an enemy sniper awaits  . . . .



The 1930 film won Oscars for Best Picture and director Lewis Milestone.




Everything old is new again. Variety just announced that a remake is forthcoming with a 2015 release date from Radar Pictures. Directing duties are being done by Ronald Donaldson. The hunt is one for the actor who will play the memorable lead character originally portrayed by Lew Ayres. Rumor has it that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is attached to the role. Of course, Delbert Mann directed a 1979 version starring Richard Thomas, so I guess any young sensitive actor could do the role justice, right? Who do you think would be the best choice?
Read more . . . .
THIS WEEK'S WINNER IN OUR FREE BOOK DRAWING


When you buy any BearManor Media product, you get your name placed in the fish bowl for our Weekly Free Book Drawing. If you're the lucky person chosen, we'll notify you promptly to visit our web site and choose from our current catalog.  

THIS WEEK'S WINNER IS LISA CARTER Congratulations, Lisa! You've just been contacted by BearManor Media to order your free book.

The rest of us are going to visit our BearManor Media web site and make a purchase get our names in the bowl for next week's drawing. Good luck to everyone!  
Vist the BearManor Media web site right now.
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IN MEMORIAM
JAN HOOKS
Janice Hooks (April 23, 1957-October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL), where she was a repertory player from 1986 to 1991, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons of Designing Women, a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun and a number of other roles in film and television. A genuinely funny comedian, her characters included Candy Sweeney of The Sweeney Sisters. She performed notable impressions of Bette Davis, Ann-Margret, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinéad O'Connor, Jodie Foster, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford,Kitty Dukakis, Diane Sawyer and Hillary Rodham Clinton.








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