Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Garry Berman

BETWEEN THE LAUGHS: OUR GREATEST COMEDIANS TALK SERIOUSLY ABOUT COMEDY AND EACH OTHER edited by Garry Berman has just been given a four star review from the Portland Book Review.

The reviewer thoroughly enjoyed the book, and his full article can be seen here:

You can order a copy of 'Between the Laughs' from our website: berman&product_id=503

And you can order Garry's other book, Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn' here: berman&product_id=446

Steve Stoliar

Author Steve Karras has recently interviewed Steve Stoliar, the author of 'RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE.'

Here is just a small part of what Steve shared during the interview:

“I probably discovered the Marx Brothers when I was in high school and I wondered where they had been hiding all my life.  They were such a wonderful blend of physical comedy and clever wordplay -- either Groucho’s wordplay or Chico’s mangling of the language. Groucho was my favorite of the brothers and I felt much more akin to his sense of humor and the whole deflating pomposity and exposing hypocrisy thing.”

You can read the full interview here:

And you can order a copy of the book from our website:

New Book - The Invisible Man

We have recently published THE INVISIBLE MAN by R.C. Sherriff and Gregory Wm. Mank.

THE INVISIBLE MAN by R.C. Sherriff and Gregory Wm. Mank

"Power...Power to walk into the gold vaults of nations, amidst the secrets of kings, into the Holy of Holies! Power to make multitudes run squealing in terror, at the touch of my little invisible finger!" - Claude Rains as The Invisible Man.

This book includes the shooting script, pressbook and an introduction by Jessica Rains.

"Anyone who cares about classic monster movies will find a treasure trove of information, rare photos, and meticulous detail in these books. They are obviously a labor of love."
-- Leonard Maltin

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book of the Week - Let me Tell You How I Really Feel



"This is one of the best and most intelligent pieces of film-writing and criticism that I have had in my hands for years."
- Steve Kaplan,

Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel: The Uncensored Book Reviews of Classic Images' Laura Wagner, 2001-2010, gathers together the best of Laura's monthly book reviews from Classic Images magazine - uncensored, as they were meant to be read in the first place. Also included is some of the hate mail she has received because of her hard-core, take-no-prisoners approach to reviewing.

The much-beloved Laura Wagner's articles have appeared regularly in Classic Images ( and Films of the Golden Age ( since 1995. She became the book reviewer for Classic Images in 2001. Laura is the co-author of Killer Tomatoes: 15 Tough Film Dames (McFarland) and contributed a short story to the anthology, It's That Time Again 2!: More New Stories of Old-Time Radio (BearManor Media).

You can order a copy of this book from our website: wagner&product_id=251

Monday, January 28, 2013

Richard Yokley

FIRST RESPONDERS OF TELEVISION by Richard Yokley has received a wonderful review from EMS World.  Here is a little snippet of what the review says:

The author’s appreciation for detail should satisfy the fussiest EMS trivia buffs. Want to know which LA fire hall substituted for FDNY’s Station 23 in the 1973 made-for-TV movie, Firehouse? It’s in there. How about the name of the future Dynasty star who made her third prime-time appearance as a 19-year-old on ABC’s 240-Robert? You’ll find that on page 74.

You can read the full review here:

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Golden Goddesses

GOLDEN GODDESSES: 25 LEGENDARY WOMEN OF CLASSIC EROTIC CINEMA, 1968-1985 by Jill C. Nelson has been reviewed by 'Gore Gore Girl.'

Here is a tiny glimpse into what the review says:

"Each chapter is effectively a mini-biography, with intimate interview responses from the women themselves and occasionally their loved ones (as in the case of those no longer living, such as Marilyn Chambers and Ann Perry), as well as brief analyses of significant works by the women in question and a plethora of photos. At nearly 1000 pages, this is no fluff piece, and Nelson's (and her publisher's) willingness to allow the space necessary for these women to voice their experiences - diverse, unexpected, often inspirational, sometimes sad, occasionally unsettling - should be applauded."

You can read the full review here:

After you have read the review, why not pop over to our website where you can order a copy of Jill's book: goddesses&product_id=537

And finally you can watch a tribute Jill made after the launch of the book, right here:

My Hollywood Show Experience by David Pierce

In the middle of December 2012 TV's Tabitha of Bewitched a.k.a. Erin Murphy messaged me privately on THE BEWITCHED HISTORY BOOK's Facebook page ( asking if I was going to be attending the Hollywood Show in Los Angeles because she felt my book would do great there! I was very touched she would say that but I hadn't any intention of going as I was under the impression one had to be invited to participate as a vendor in the show. So I said I would look into it and yadda, yadda, month later I was flying into L.A. leaving the deep piles of snow at home, though L.A. was much colder than usual.
My table was set up next to the stars of Bewitched. In fact I sat right next to David Mandel, whom I hadn't met before, who played Tabitha's younger brother, Adam. Next to him was Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay) and next to him were Erin Murphy and her fraternal twin sister Diane, who also played Tabitha sometimes as well as various guest spots in other roles. I was pretty excited that she was there as she never had done a signing before. Sharing my table was the beautiful Heather Woodruff Perry who played Darrin's secretary three times on the show. I was also very excited that actress Francine York, who played the Goddess Venus in an episode, was going to be there as I had become friends with her on Facebook and she had even purchased my book almost right after it was released. Also there were William Schallert (who played Samantha's obstetrician when Adam was born) and Ron Masak (he played several roles on Bewitched and is also a BearManor author with his book I'VE MET ALL MY HEROES FROM A TO Z and is one of my heroes).
The show was the weekend of January 11 - 13, with Friday being a preview show where the vendors could set up and people could come by and see where everyone was going to be. That first night I sold a book! The next day there were swarms of people and many fans of Bewitched stopped by and were thrilled to not only meet the stars of the show but to see a new huge book about it and so I sold some more. I will say, I didn't sell as many as I thought I would but it didn't matter as meeting the fans and also the other stars there was great enough.
In fact, I met the remaining stars of The Beverly Hillbillies, Max Baer, Jr (Jethro Bodine) and Donna Douglas (Elly May Clampett). When I went to get my professional photo done with them, Max noticed I was wearing a Bewitched shirt and I replied, "Yes, I wrote a book about the show that I'm selling here." Max: "That's great! Like Steve Cox [whose first book was about The Beverly Hillbillies]." Me (jokingly, sort of): "Yes, but mine's better." To which both he and Donna laughed. Also that day I had my professional photo taken with the Bewitched cast and had Erin hold my book! Such a thrill!!
That Saturday evening I had the great pleasure of being invited to Bernard Fox's daughter Amanda's house for dinner with him and his wife! We got to visit and I got to ask him questions and learn more about what he thought of the show, plus some of his other works. He also signed my personal copy of THE BEWITCHED HISTORY BOOK which was a dream as the longer title of the book was inspired by his character Dr. Bombay's wacky witch hunter invention with a similar name. I also got to take pictures of him holding the book. The best part, though many people wouldn't think so, is when he asked me at dinner why I loved Bewitched so much. I told him that it was a very fun and funny show, made all the more funnier by him being on it. He laughed a little and said, "It was just a job to me. Didn't think anything of it." As a matter of fact, Amanda said he would bring his scripts home for coloring paper for her and her sister!!
Sunday I had the rest of the Bewitched cast sign my book where there characters had appeared. I was also surprised to learn that another Bewitched alumni was at the show - Celeste Yarnall who played a student nurse in the birth of Tabatha episode. What was magical was that the anniversary of that episode airing was that day and Celeste signed my book and dated it. I had Erin, whom I had a sent a copy of the book to for her birthday last June, take a picture looking like she was reading it. Diane, who is very shy, didn't seem like she was all that into being there, came up to me a little bit later, very meekly and said, "My sister says your book is really good. I was wondering if I can have a copy?" I was very impressed and honored and embarrassed that I hadn't given her one in the first place and so I signed one to her. And then she said, "And you can take a picture of me reading it too." I loved that!
More books were sold, but more importantly than that, I had a great time meeting new people.
David Pierce
The Bewitched History Book
The Bewitched History Book -  Learn all about the longest running supernatural sitcom with personalized recaps of all 254 episodes, reviews of each episode, trivia about the episodes and the time from when they aired along with rare photographs!
Available at:
We would like to thank David for sharing his memories of the show with us!  It sounds like a wonderful weekend.

New Book - Lest We Forget

We are happy to report that we have recently published 'Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company' by Bill Levy.


John Ford (1894-1973) directed scores of memorable movies that feature countless scenes that linger in one’s memory. He is the only director to have won four Best Director Academy Awards, for The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952).

There have been many biographies and film studies of John Ford and his motion pictures. There has never been a single volume devoted to the stock company of actors and actresses who worked for him, some continually, many intermittently, from his silent westerns of the ‘teens to his final films of the 1960s. This book spotlights 112 members of Ford’s fluid repertory company and includes a mini-chapter on each member of the troupe.

And it was a diverse group. One wrote three books on the Baha’i Faith religion; another boxed the heavyweight champion of the world to a draw; one eloped with Loretta Young when she was seventeen; one participated in the Yukon gold rush; a photograph of one player’s ear is the club logo for a professional wrestling association; another taught Lucy how to jitterbug; one was a legendary undercover agent for the OSS in France during World War II; another was a member of the advisory board to the Bank of America concerning loans to the studios; two were rodeo world champions.

All of them, from obscure bit players to barely-remembered character actors to legendary film stars, made substantial contributions to Ford’s movie legacy.

About the Author
Bill Levy is the author of John Ford: A Bio-Bibliography and Beyond the Beach: The Wit and Wisdom of Nevil Shute. He has been writing his “Forgotten Gems” column on films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s for New Jersey’s monthly senior publication, Fifty Plus, since 2001. He lives in Mendham, New Jersey.

For further information, see his website:

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

New Book - Sons of the Father

We are pleased to announce the new book by BearManor author Janette Anderson

“Philip Vega is a man to die for.”
Thrill to Janette Anderson’s latest novel of danger, international intrigue, adventure, romance, and mystery. Philip Vega is a smooth customer, but that calm exterior masks a man of action. Be prepared for a wild ride.
“Janette Anderson is the female Mario Puzo. Sons of the Father is the modern day Godfather from a woman’s point of view. Violent,sexy, and she lived it.”  – Director and producer Jerry London

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Mr Towers of London



Here, in his own words, are the illustrious adventures of HARRY ALAN TOWERS, rascal and raconteur, a notorious figure in the world of cinema of whom it was said he could go into any production office in the world and walk out with a movie deal.

After establishing himself in 1940s radio with The Lives of Harry Lime and The Black Museum, both starring Orson Welles, Towers produced more than 100 feature films all around the world. He worked in 40 countries from Austria to Zimbabwe, starring the likes of Michael Caine, Christopher Lee, Jack Palance, Klaus Kinski and many more. A lifelong lover of literature, he brought to the screen the works of authors as revered as H. G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie—and as reviled as the Marquis De Sade and Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch. And as a lifelong lover of women, he made friends and stars, national news and international scandals.

"Harry Alan Towers is one of the great unsung producers of post-1960 cinema. Every film he produced carries his distinct personality, as with Selznick or Bronston, but Harry's metier was exploitation. What he uniquely brought to his films was the sense of a connoisseur, and a sense of someone who loved pulp; he appreciated the finer things and smuggled them into some wonderful movies... and some unlikely ones, too. I'm delighted to learn he wrote his memoirs, and I can't wait to read them!"

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

New Book - Sick Little Monkeys

We are happy to tell you of a new book entitled SICK LITTLE MONKEYS: THE UNAUTHORIZED REN & STIMPY STORY


In the 1990s animation boom, The Ren & Stimpy Show stood supreme. Through  draftsmanship, charismatic voices, irreverent sight gags, crass humor, and stellar character acting, animation’s most talented and disturbed artists created an entity for the Nickelodeon cable network that pulled the art form out of a 25-year rut. The world has never been quite the same since — and we’re eternally grateful!

Now you too can join the rollercoaster ride that is the fascinating, insane real-life story of art, money, and ego that gave birth to Ren Höek and Stimpson J. Cat. History Eraser Buttons need not apply. No stone has been unturned, no magic nose goblin unpicked, in this extensively detailed history of the show that defined a generation and changed an entire medium.

It’s everything you wanted to know about Ren & Stimpy — but were afraid to ask!

“A compelling cautionary tale of rags-to-riches success in Hollywood, Thad Komorowski’s book documents the entire story behind Nickelodeon’s first cartoon hit, The Ren & Stimpy Show, utilizing extensive interviews with the program’s key players — including the cartoonists, network executives, and voice actors — justifying the show's important role in the recent history of animation. A great read.”
— Jerry Beck, Animation Historian and Co-Founder of Cartoon Brew

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

Derek Botelho

BearManor author Derek Botelho is appearing via Skype at the Grand Cinema, Tacoma, WA at 9 pm tonight, during a screening of 'Deep Red.  Derek tells us that he will be giving a brief talk about the film and his upcoming book with BearManor Media entitled THE ARGENTO SYNDROME.

We wish Derek lots of luck and if you are in the Tacoma area, we hope you will pop along!

New Book - Final Cuts

BearManor Media is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a book that goes where other film books have seldom ventured: Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors.

Critic-producer Nat Segaloff was granted access to private papers, production records, never-before-published interviews, and specialized archives in reconstructing the colorful, touching, and sometimes scandalous stories behind the making of the last films of some of Hollywood’s top directors.  Winningly readable and yet meticulously researched, its substantial entries range from Robert Aldrich and Robert Altman to Peter Yates and Fred Zinnemann, and John Ford and Howard Hawks to Otto Preminger and Richard Brooks.
Certain to attract controversy because  of whom it ignores as well as whom it includes, Final Cuts presents fifty widely varied chronicles of success and  failure, inspiration and ennui, elation and heartache, and every other emotion enjoyed or endured by the greatest filmmakers that Hollywood ever knew.
About the author

Nat Segaloff’s previous books include Arthur Penn: American Director, Hurricane Billy: The Stormy Life and Films of William Friedkin; career profiles of Paul Mazursky, John Milius, Stirling Silliphant, and Walon Green; and television biographies of Stan Lee, Larry King, John Belushi, Darryl F. Zanuck, and Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop. He is a produced playwright, a co-founder (with John de Lancie and Leonard Nimoy) of the sf production company Alien Voices, and has taught at Boston University and Boston College. He lives in Los Angeles.

You can order a copy of this book by visiting our website:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Walt Disney

We would like to remind you all about our wonderful book 'WALT DISNEY & RECOLLECTIONS OF THE DISNEY STUDIOS, 1955-1980' by Charles Tranberg.


Walt Disney was a pioneer in the art of animation but by the mid-fifties due to the increasing costs of producing animated films, Disney began to specialize in producing live-action films. The films explored in this book include such classics as Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Pollyanna, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins and The Love Bug. But the films covered also include some wonderful, yet lesser known Disney titles such as Toby Tyler, Babes in Toyland, Miracle of the White Stallions, Savage Sam, Summer Magic, Blackbeard’s Ghost—and many more.

The book’s main focus is on the live-action films that the studio produced from roughly 1955 thru 1980 and the people who were part of them including a solid stock company of actors who audiences identified immediately—even if they didn’t always know the name of the actor. Many of those actors give their memories in this book as do several others including Fess Parker (Davy Crockett), Tommy Kirk (Old Yeller, The
Shaggy Dog), Ann Jillian (Babes in Toyland), Billy Mumy (Rascal), Arthur Hiller (director of Miracle of the White Stallions), Marta Kristen (Savage Sam), James Drury (Pollyanna, Ten Who Dared), Eddie Hodges (Summer Magic, The Happiest Millionaire), Peter Brown (Summer Magic, A Tiger Walks)—and many more.

About the Author:
Charles Tranberg has written five previous books: I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead, Not so Dumb: The Life and Career of Marie Wilson, Fred MacMurray: A biography, The Thin Man Films: Murder
over Cocktails, and Robert Taylor: A Biography.

He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

And you can see Charles' other books here:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Book - Exorcism in Your Daily Life

We are happy to announce the publication of EXORCISM IN YOUR DAILY LIFE: THE PSYCHEDELIC FIRESIGN THEATRE AT THE MAGIC MUSHROOM, 1967 by The Firesign Theatre


The Firesign Theatre began their long comedy career in 1966 as radio satirists based in Los Angeles. Before their debut LP “Waiting For The Electrician or Someone Like Him” appeared, Firesign began performing together live over the newly-hippified KRLA-AM.

Direct from their sold-out broadcast performances in late 1967 at The Magic Mushroom, a popular rock club in Studio City, EXORCISM IN YOUR DAILY LIFE presents ten surreal classics in which the Four Firesigns undertake to play dozens of characters in stoned variations on prison escape movies, whaling sagas, jungle adventures, Roman epics, Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Ali Baba along with “educational” films and a day in the life of your TV set. Tokes and jokes take the four or five crazy guys a little higher by the end of every show. Some said Firesign itself was a new psychedelic drug!

“The Firesign Theatre is a legal, if not quite natural, high.” Lew Segal, Entertainment World
You can order a copy of this book from our website:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Linda J Alexander

Our lovely author, Linda J Alexander will be at the Huntington Beach Friends of the Library Luncheon on Saturday, to celebrate Jack Kelly and sign her book: 'A Maverick Life.'

The event takes place at:

Huntington Beach Public Library
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach,
California 92648

To find out more, please visit Linda's FaceBook page

If you are unable to go to the event but would like a copy of the book, you can order one from our website:

And please check out this fun video from Linda herself, talking about her appearance:

The Wizard of MGM

'The Wizard of MGM: Memoirs of A. Arnold Gillespie, Art Director/Head of Special Effects from 1924-1965' by A. Arnold Gillespie has received a fabulous review by legendary reviewer Leonard Maltin.

Here is just a little bit of what Mr Maltin says about the book:

"I doubt that anyone who’s interested in the hows and wherefores of visual effects—or the studio system, for that matter—will be disappointed. The book is told in Gillespie’s avuncular voice, and fortunately he is generous about sharing credit with the many skilled specialists who also toiled at MGM. Storyboards, photos showing the components of complicated shots, mattes, miniatures, architectural drawings, breakdowns—even detailed invoices—fill the 375 oversized pages of this paperbound volume."

You can read the full review on the Indiewire website:

And you can order a copy of the book here:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book of the Week - Lon Chaney's Shadow

This week's Book of the Week is 'LON CHANEY'S SHADOW: JOHN JESKE AND THE CHANEY MYSTIQUE' by Suzanne Gargiulo.


Lon Chaney's Shadow: John Jeske and the Chaney Mystique reveals an unexplored and controversial side of the great silent film actor Lon Chaney's life by taking a close look at his relationship with friend, chauffeur, and make-up assistant, John Jeske. 

Books previously published of Chaney's life and career document his phenomenal talent in the art of motion picture make-up and acting, but the reader comes away without a full understanding of who Chaney was as a man. This book focuses on the human level of the relationship between Lon, his son Creighton (Lon, Jr.), second wife Hazel, and their "faithful servant", so the pieces of the emotional and psychological dynamics at work in this complex story can finally be appreciated for the significant impact they had on Chaney's career.

The John Jeske story is at its core a fascinating glimpse into a world which has until now been off limits to all but the most dedicated of researchers. The majority of evidence to link the two men has been purposely suppressed or destroyed--a great deal of it was destroyed by Chaney himself and his wife Hazel to keep alive the myth that Chaney did not need help of any kind. The story of Jeske's life and work with Lon Chaney is therefore fragmented at best, but Gargiulo believes, through painstaking research, that she has recovered enough to finally reveal the truth. This book fills the gap left behind by every other Lon Chaney biography and is an essential addition to the libraries of Chaney fans and film historians worldwide.

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

Michael B Druxman

We are pleased to announce that the audio version of Michael B Druxman's book of short stories, "DRACULA MEETS JACK THE RIPPER & Other Revisionist Histories," is now available.   Fred Frees, son of legendary voice artist Paul Frees, does a magnificent job narrating it and you can check out the trailer below.

The audio version can be ordered from Amazon: 

And you can order Michael's book from our website:

And check out Fred Frees' work too:

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Day The Stars Stood Still

Congratulations to Suzanne Sumner Ferry who has recently been interviewed by Hollywood legend Joe Franklin.  We are hoping to bring you a link to the interview very soon, but in the meantime, we thought you might enjoy this tribute to wax artist Logan Fleming, who is the subject of the book her book, 'The Day The Stars Stood Still.'

You can order a copy of the book from our website

Golden Goddesses

The wonderful 'Golden Goddesses' by Jill C Nelson has been featured on the Moon In The Gutter site recently.  Here is a tiny part of it:

"While Golden Goddesses operates as a biography on the actors Nelson gathered together, it also operates as the history of this ignored genre film history so greatly deserved and I salute Nelson for her mini-reviews of the films that come up in discussion throughout the book.  While most authors would have been content in  skirting the films (bad and good) that these actresses appeared in, Nelson understands that one of the most important aspects of each one of these women's lives are indeed the cinematic legacy they left."

You can read the entire feature on their website:

You can read an interview with Jill on the same site:

And you can order a copy of the book here:

Garry Berman

BearManor Media Author Garry Berman will be on Susan McCray's 'Getting To Know You' program on  Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. (both coasts.)  Garry reports that the interview went very well and that the chat covers his BearManor books as well as others he has worked on over the years.

The interview sounds like it will be a real treat, so be sure to tune in.  You can listen by clicking the link below:

And you can order copies of Garry's books by visiting our website:
We are pleased to announce the publication of 'Profiles in Barbeque Sauce' by The Firesign Theatre.

More Stoner Comedy From The Firesign Theatre

“Profiles in Barbeque Sauce” brings together sixteen of the Firesign Theatre’s stage, recordings and broadcast performance scripts from the earliest years of their long collaboration.  From 1967, the Summer of Love-In, to the “Not Insane!” Martian Space Party of 1972, Firesign performed on stage at small clubs and large venue benefit concerts, over AM and FM radio and on the road.

“Profiles” collects the group’s timely political satire along with the most surreal, psychedelic and politically incorrect humor from the high times of the “Beatles of Comedy.”

“You’ll have a psychic orgasm over Firesign… Their satire is so sharp that it cuts through layers of bullshit in a split second.”
—Time Out, London, 12/12/70

“Their purpose in life is to tell you what they aren’t saying.”
—UCSB Daily News, 11/24/70

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Book - Who Threw That Coconut!

We are proud to announce the publication of WHO THREW THAT COCONUT! by Jerry Colonna.

The great Jerry Colonna's hidden masterpiece - out of print since the war ended.  That's 1945, folks! And it's just as funny now as then.  Bob Hope wrote the Foreword, so that should tell you something. Read it, rip it up, learn about the War, feast your eyes on that Mustache once more!

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

And why not watch this video to get a taste of Mr Colonna and Mr Hope in action:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Captain Midnight's Post-War Radio Years

Thank you to BearManor author Leonard Zane, for sending us some photos of a recent presentation and award for his book, 'Captain Midnight's Post-War Radio Years' at the SPERDVAC members meeting which took place on 12 January 2013 in Reseda, CA.

The first shots are of the author being presented a "SPERDVAC Friend" award, while the third photograph shows Barbara Harmon presenting a copy of the book on behalf of BearManor Media, to Glenda Kelly of the SPERDVAC Board of Directors.

To order a copy of CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT'S POST-WAR RADIO YEARS by Leonard Zane, please visit our website:

Henry Darrow

Henry's Western Round-up has reviewed 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle.'  The site describes the book as enlightening and amusing, and also includes a brilliantly insightful interview with Henry himself.  Here is a small clip from the interview:

PARKE:  I was 13 when HIGH CHAPARRAL started, and I loved it.  Your Manolito and Cameron Mitchell’s Uncle Buck, ‘The Loose Cannon’, were my favorite characters by far. 

DARROW:  Cameron Mitchell was like what you call him, ‘The Loose Cannon,’ that’s certainly like him.  He loved gambling, and he loved his pitchers of Margarita, and we’d drive down to the dogs, at Tubac, near Tucson.  I was on a film directed by Cam where one of the stars that had guest-starred on our show, Rocky Tarkington, played a Christ-like figure, and I think it was finished, but it was held up in the courts.  Luckily I got my money up front. (laughs)  And working with Cameron Mitchell – we wound up doing an episode called FRIENDS AND PARTNERS, where we bought a little ranch that had some silver on it.   We thought we were conning the owner about getting the silver out of the ground.  He said, “Well, if you did that, if you do this, if you do whatever, it’s gonna cost you guys a lot of time and work to get that silver out of the ground.”  That’s when we looked at each other and, ‘What?  He knows about the silver mine?’

You can see the full review and interview on their website:

And you can order a copy of the Henry Darrow book by visiting our website:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Book of the Week - Seeing Stars

Our featured book this week is 'SEEING STARS: MEMOIRS OF A FREELANCE CELEBRITY ARTICLES WRITER' by Shirley Lee Ames.

This book tells how a little girl from Iowa came to meet, talk with, and write about dozens of well known and well-loved stars of stage, movies, and television who shared their personal likes, dislikes, and special interests with her. "All it took was a legitimate assignment with the editors of a respectable publication, an inquisitive mind, good will, and - sometimes - the assistance of a talented photographer," she readily admits.

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Book - Themes from my Father

We are proud to announce the publication of 'THEMES FROM MY FATHER' by Janet Cantor Gari.

Eddie Cantor was a famous comedian and often a lot of fun to be with, but basically he was a serious man, a devout patriot and a champion for justice.

He made sure his daughters grew up with a strong sense of responsibility and urged them to participate, not just to talk.

Janet is his youngest and only living daughter, and through her we become aware of the convictions with which he endowed his family.

About the Author

JANET CANTOR GARI is a native New Yorker, daughter of comedian Eddie Cantor, and mother of singer-songwriter-author Brian Gari and singer-actress Amanda Abel.

Having been told all her life that her mother was unwittingly as funny as her father and that she should write a book about her, Janet did just that. It’s called 'Don’t Wear Silver in the Winter,' also published by BearManor Media.

With the success of that book, Janet was emboldened to write a book about herself and her droll and sometimes downright absurd experiences. That title is 'Stop the World—I Want to Tell Someone Off!'

She’s still in that mode with her latest publication, the political journey entitled Themes from My Father, which you now hold in your hand.

You can order a copy of the new book, 'Themes from my Father' from our website:

You can order a copy of 'Don't Wear Silver in the Winter' here:

And 'Stop the World!  I want to Tell Someone Off' can be ordered here:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Richard Yokley

BearManor Media author Richard Yokley will be speaking with interviewer Dave White next week.  Here's all you need to know from the station website....

Of all the heroes we've seen on TV over the years, you might not think firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, lifeguards, forest rangers, and the Coast Guard were all that popular. But as actual fireman Richard Yokley chronicles in his FIRST RESPONDERS OF TELEVISION, these professionals have been there from the beginning, not only in supporting roles in police and medical dramas, but in shows like RESCUE 8, EMERGENCY!, SAVED, and RESCUE ME.

As Yokley tells Dave White, First Responders have been important in fictional shows and reality series all over the globe, and capturing what they do has been challenging and eye-opening for audiences and producers alike. Find out why on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over--

You can pre-record the show at Digital Audio Recording (DAR)--

On Wed.  Jan. 16, the 90 minute show will be available any time you like as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and, or on the player at--

To order a copy of Richard's book, please visit the BearManor website:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Linda J Alexander

Huntington Beach Friends of the Library is going to host Linda J Alexander for a Saturday luncheon and book signing to discuss the writing life, and the creation of her BearManor book, "A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story."

The event takes place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Huntington Beach Central Library, Rooms C/D (Theater Entrance), Huntington Beach, CA, and doors open at 11:30 AM.  The lunch/talk will start at noon and will include special Guests: Jo Kelly, Jack's widow; May Wynn, actress and Jack's 1st wife; and Peggy Cantwell, Jack's Significant Other. These 3 ladies--Jack's ladies--have never been together in one place before, so there will be lots of opportunity for photos!

Tickets are on sale for $20 from FOTL, by Mon., 21 January. You can send checks to: FOTL Luncheon, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, or arrange to deliver to the gift shop.  Telephone: 714-375-7429.

You can find out more about this exciting event on Linda's FaceBook page:

And if you can't make it to the event but would like a copy of the book, you can order it from our website:

Wesley Britton

On Monday January 14 at 8:00 CT, 9:00 ET, BearManor author Wesley Britton will talk THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TV SPIES on Barbara Barnett's "Let's Talk TV" on BlogTalkRadio.

Here's Barbara's description of the hour:

Author of the Encyclopedia of TV Spies Wesley Britton  joins host Barbara Barnett for a look back at all the great TV spies. From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to Burn Notice to Alias, the TV world has been replete with spies from both sides of the Atlantic.

We will take a trip down memory lane as we relive our favorite TV spies. But who are yours? I loved Illya Kuryakin, John Steed, The Mission Impossible Gang, Secret Agent, The Prisoner, I Spy, Scarecrow and Mrs King (Guilty Pleasure, I know) and so many others.

We'll also talk a little James Bond and discuss our favorite Bond moments, 007s, and villains. So stop by and share your own spy stories!

You can find the show here:

And you can order a copy of Wes' book here:

Golden Goddesses

'Golden Goddesses - 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema 1968-1985' by Jill C. Nelson has received a great review at the Rock! Shock! Pop! website.

The reviewer, Ian Jane describes Golden Goddesses as "a book you’re going to buy for some seriously fascinating and revealing stories from a collection of unsung heroines of the adult film industry."

You can read the full review here:

And pop along to our website to order a copy of this amazing book for yourself:

Forthcoming Book - Kate Smith Speaks

 BearManor Media proudly announces the release of Kate Smith Speaks: 50 Selected Original Radio Scripts: 1938-1951, by Richard Hayes.

Kate Smith Speaks was the most listened-to program in daytime radio during the 1940s.  The mixture of folksy vignettes, news items, and heartfelt editorials presented a slice of life on the home front. Kate Smith was one of the three most popular female personalities of the times, both as a vocalist and as a commentator.  She liked the informality of the Speaks broadcasts because it brought her closer to her listeners. Travel back to the era before, during, and after World War II through fifty actual scripts.

This book is available from our website:

About the Author: Richard Hayes loved the music and the speaking voice of Kate Smith from his childhood in the 1940s.  He and his family listened to Kate Smith Speaks every weekday over  lunch. He began collecting her records in the 1960s and has every one of them, besides many broadcasts. She replied to his fan letter in April of 1964 and sent him an inscribed copy of her 1938 autobiography. She also gave him her rare "Company's Coming" cookbook. After Richard became editor of the Kate Smith USA Friends Club magazines in 1968, she called to thank him. They met when he attended the videotaping of coffee commercials in January 1971. They did a taped interview that day and again that summer when she invited him to visit her at Camp Sunshine in Lake Placid. In the latter she described the small broadcast studios where she and Ted Collins aired the "Speaks" shows summers. He returned there in August 1974 to tape all of her musical radio recordings, which were made available to club members. Richard attended Kate's concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sparks, NV, Allentown, PA, and Cherry Hill, NJ and visited her at her retirement home in Raleigh, NC, several times on her May 1 birthday.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Book - Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation

'Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation' has now been published.

Koop Kooper, the cocktail universe's high priest of all things hep swingin and swank, and cyber disc jockey of his radio show the “Cocktail Nation,” has unleashed the definitive guide to the Lounge universe, with this new eponymous tome available for the first time in paperback.

Replete with gassin interviews and cool pixeramas, Koop Kooper reveals the incredible diorama of Cocktail culture, lifestyle and music.

Koop mixes it up with cool luminaries and pioneers of the Cocktail soundtrack, such as hepster Jack Constanzo, the bongo player of the 50s…shakes a martini with the leaders of the revival Combustible Edison; trades smart lip with comedian satirist Shelley Berman and twenty first century hit makers Martini Kings; heads down the dark streets of Cocktail noir, muscling it up with croonoir Jimmy Vargas; then it's off to the Vegas pool, where he conducts an underwater interview with gorgeous fire eating mermaid Marina.

KOOP KOOPERS ‘COCKTAIL NATION’ book is a glorious panorama of all things Lounge,created by the swank meister of uber cool himself.

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Books by Sybil Jason

We are proud to bring you two books from Sybil Jason; the first being 'My Fifteen Minutes: An Autobiography of a Child Star of the Golden Era of Hollywood.'

Sybil Jason was Warner Brothers' first child star. Friend of Humphrey Bogart, Roddy McDowall, Freddie Bartholomew, Shirley Temple and dozens of other Hollywood stars, her fan club is still international. Her captivating story is enriched with over 100 rare photos from her personal collection.

One of the neatest (and certainly most enjoyable) autobiographies you'll ever read is My Fifteen Minutes: An Autobiography of a Child Star in the Golden Era of Hollywood by Sybil Jason. Sybil, one of the most talented child actresses of the 1930s, knows what her fans want--stories, and lots of them, about all the famous people she worked with and knew. This isn't a mudslinging tell-all; this ex-child star is--surprisingly and refreshingly--not bitter. She led a very colorful life, and shares it with her readers." - Classic Images/Laura Wagner May 2005

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

The second book is entitled 'Five Minutes More' and includes the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Explanation of contents of new book
Chapter 2: CHILD STAR SYNDROME Why most ex-kid stars don't succeed as adults
Chapter 3: THE SECOND TIME AROUND (I tried for a second career)
Chapter 4: REALITY BITES (bad experience pursuing an adult career)
Chapter 5: A POT POURRI OF TALENT (How and why I chose this new list of icons)
Chapter 6: PETAH-PETAH-PETAH (Bette Davis)
Chapter 7: THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME (Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Marion Davies, W. William Randolph Hearst, Carole Lombard)
Chapter 8: ERIN GA BRAUGH (Pat O. Brien)
Chapter 9: THE PLEASURE OF HER COMPANY (Kay Francis)
Chapter 10: TALL, DARK & CHARMING (Cesar Romero)
Chapter 11: BORN TO DANCE (Eleanor Powell)
Chapter 13: A TRUE GENIUS (Charlie Chaplin)
Chapter 14: A DAREDEVIL COMEDIAN (Harold Lloyd)
Chapter 15: I NEVER CALLED HIM FATTY (Minta Durfee Arbuckle)
Chapter 16: THE KID (Jackie Coogan)
Chapter 17: VAUDEVILLIANS SUPREME (MIKE & MEYER Joe Weber and Lew Fields)
Chapter 18: DEM GUYS (J. Carrol Naish, Jack LaRue, Ward Bond, Marc Lawrence, Joseph Sawyer) Chapter 19: SECOND BANANA SCENE STEALERS (Edward Everett Horton and Allen Jenkins) Chapter 20: BEFORE AND AFTER (Linda Darnell)
Chapter 21: WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET (Joan Leslie)
Chapter 22: HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET (Ann Rutherford)
Chapter 23: THE FACE IS FAMILIAR (Delmar Watson)
Chapter 24: THE NAME IS JONES, D. JONES (Dickie Jones)

You can order a copy of this book from our website:

New Book - Doctor Cyclops

We have recently published 'Doctor Cyclops' by Will Garth.

The story of the 1940 film by Will Garth.

The strange adventures of Dr. Cyclops, the super scientist, makes a thrilling and amazing horror story. Dr. Bulfinch, noted biologist and his young and pretty assistant, Mary Phillips had travelled thousands of miles to the Peruvian jungle to answer the call of the scientist, Alexander Thorkel. Near the place where Thorkel carried  on his experiments, natives  talked fearfully of black magic.  But even their weird stories were less strange than the truth. For the hermit  scientist had discovered how to  reduce people to one sixth their natural size. And he turned Dr. Bulfinch, Phillips and their team into midgets at grips with a world grown suddenly large and frightening.

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Book of the Week - The New York Old-Time Radio Schedule Book

Our Book of the Week this time comes in three volumes and is entitled 'The New York Old-Time Radio Schedule Book' by Keith D. Lee.

After having spent three years on this three-book set about "The Old Time Radio Book", Mr. Lee has accumulated a large share of knowledge about the Golden Age of Radio.  Here in three volumes is the only existing series about what was heard on what day and time from 1929 through 1954 from marvelous New York City.  You will feel nostalgic and thrilled as soon as you open up one of these books and sense what it was like during the early part of last century to listen to the many radio shows on the air at the time.

You can order a copy of all three volumes from our website:

What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy

Our best selling book for December 2012 was 'What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy?' by Diana Serra Cary.

Long before Shirley Temple's curls bounced their way into America's heart, Baby Peggy lit up marquees here and around the world. Discovered in 1920 at 19 months of age, she was put under contract with her first film at $75 a week. Working constantly, she was starred in dozens of Baby Peggy comedies and five feature films; she had earned more than $2 million by the time she was five. This story of the shared infancy of a child and an industry reveals the incredible life, responsibilities and burdens of a world famous child super-star.

"I have just spent  two days refusing to close "What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy?" except to eat and sleep! Author Diana Serra Cary, (famous as 'Baby Peggy') has done a marvelous job of not only bringing herself and those who were a part of her past alive in living and breathing color, but the entire era that spanned a fascinating time in film and vaudeville history as well as the look of the country in those years. "What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy?" deserves all the exposure it can get. Cary is a terrific writer."  

- Anne Edwards, best-selling biographer of Vivien Leigh, The DeMilles: An American Family

This is the reprint of her hardback, now containing additional goodies!

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

New Book - Your Friend and Mine, Andy Devine

We have recently published a wonderful new book entitled 'Your Friend and Mine, Andy Devine: A Memoir of a Father and His Son' by Dennis Devine.

Everyone loved Andy Devine, who starred on radio, television, films, and the New York stage. Just look at his credits in the back of this book and you will be amazed.

Devine was discovered by accident, then struggled for many years. But success would be his, and he would appear in some of the greatest films ever made. Andy Devine would be married to the same woman for forty-three years and they would live on a farm just outside Hollywood. They raised two sons who would graduate from college and be successful in their own right.

In this book you will meet many Hollywood characters who were clever, funny and unpredictable. You will experience both the golden age of film and radio plus the early years of television. You will be involved with the deal makers and the deal breakers. Our author, Dennis Devine, is a dramatic and compelling story teller who will capture the reader. Just try to put it down!

You can order a copy of the book from our website:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Book - Beyond Dead End

We are pleased to tell you that we have now published 'Beyond Dead End: the Solo Careers of the Dead End Kids by Joseph Fusco.

No one exemplifies the angst of the Depression era street kid more than The Dead End Kids. They were the stars of Sidney Kingsley’s 1935 play, Dead End and reprised their roles in Samuel Goldwyn’s 1937 Hollywood film version. The movie defined the theme of slum dramas for the juvenile rebellion films of subsequent decades.

The Dead End Kids were Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell and Bernard Punsly. The best of their films were the gangster movies where the boys collided with the likes of Humphrey Bogart in Dead End and Crime School, James Cagney in Angels with Dirty Faces and John Garfield in They Made Me a Criminal. They bandied about lightweights like Ronald Reagan in lacklustre efforts like Hell’s Kitchen and Angels Wash Their Faces before being reformed by a military academy in On Dress Parade.

Their original reign was short lived, not because they ran out of steam but because they had to be toned down because of public criticism. It didn’t matter because The Dead End Kids mutated into several splinter groups that starred in various configurations of the original members for the next quarter century, carving out a unique niche in motion picture history.

One of the uncharted tributaries of this history is the solo careers of the actors who played the Dead End Kids. There were careers of mixed blessings after the initial stardom and each member faced and dealt with the typecasting dilemma in different ways and various degrees of success. There was plenty of heartbreak and disappointment along a way that started with Dead End in 1935 and ended with Dr. Bernard Punsly’s death in 2004.

Beyond Dead End: The Solo Careers of The Dead End Kids chronicles a saga of mixed blessings where each member faced and dealt with the typecasting dilemma in different ways and various degrees of success.

You can order a copy of the book from our website: