Sunday, April 28, 2013

At the Westport Connecticut Public Library – 20 Jessup Road, Westport, CT 06880 203-291-4800:

Film Historian Bill Levy Will Speak About his Book About Acclaimed Film Director John Ford’s Stock Company of Actors and Actresses

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Film historian Bill Levy, author of the BearManor movie book, Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company, will discuss his new book. The book highlights 112 actors and actresses who worked regularly for John Ford, the only director to have won four Best Director Academy Awards (The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952)). All of these players, from film stars like John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Maureen O’Hara to character actors to bit players, made substantial contributions to John Ford’s movie legacy.

LEST WE FORGET: THE JOHN FORD STOCK COMPANY by Bill Levy
 
Bill Levy, B.A., M.A., is a retired New Jersey special education teacher who has a successful second career writing and lecturing.  He is the author of three books: a widely praised Greenwood Press study of America’s greatest film director, John Ford, (John Ford: A Bio-Bibliography); a book on his favorite author, Nevil Shute, (Beyond the Beach: The Wit and Wisdom of Nevil Shute); and a just recently published second book on John Ford, BearManor’s (Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company).

Bill has been writing his “Forgotten Gems” column on overlooked films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s for New Jersey’s monthly senior publication, “Fifty Plus” since 2001.  He has been publishing his humor columns (“Levy’s Wry”) since 1980.  Bill is also the co-author – with Frank Fredo – of a western screenplay, “The Battle of Adobe Walls.” 
 
You can order a copy of Bill's book from our website:

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Conventions

Here are some upcoming conventions where BearManor Media books will be available for sale.

CINEVENT 45
May 23 – 27, 2013
Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
Columbus, Ohio
Contact Steve Haynes at 866-785-7687
or  steve@cinevent.com
Web-Site: www.cinevent.com  


CINCINNATI OLD TIME RADIO CONVENTION
May 30 – June 1, 2013
Crowne Plaza Cincinnatii Blue Ash Hotel
5901 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
Contact Mike Wheeler at 859-402-0853
E-mail: CM00@qx.net   Web-Site: http://expo.wayback.net/

REPS CONVENTION
June 20 to 22, 2013
The Bellevue Coast Hotel, Seattle, Washington
Web-site: www.repsshowcase.com

Thank you to BearManor author Martin Grams jr for writing this news item for us!

New Book - Bewitched and Beyond

We are in the process of publishing BEWITCHED AND BEYOND: THE FAN WHO CAME TO DINNER by Mark Wood with Eddie Lucas.

BEWITCHED AND BEYOND: THE FAN WHO CAME TO DINNER by Mark Wood with Eddie Lucas

From the author:

This book is dedicated to Dreamers everywhere.
Dreams don’t always come true…
…as expected.


When I was very young, my friends and I would don old Halloween costumes and masks and play “witches and warlocks” instead of the customary “cops and robbers” or “cowboys and Indians”. We’d jam brooms into tree branches to sit on and clothespin towels around our necks as capes, and all because of Bewitched. Odd? Perhaps. But I knew I was destined to be a part of Bewitched somehow, some way. I never did get to play Adam Stephens on Television- I do however, have some great videos of me playing him alongside Kasey and others from the show and NOT from the show.

Finally, upon looking back, I realized; I didn’t get to be in a TV series of Bewitched but better still… I got to live it!
Keep dreaming.

And realize as quick as you can, that those dreams you have may just be happening right under your very nose... even if you don't at first recognize it.

You can order a copy of this book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=639

New Book - Lame Brains & Lunatics

We have recently published LAME BRAINS & LUNATICS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FORGOTTEN OF SILENT COMEDY by Steve Massa.

LAME BRAINS & LUNATICS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FORGOTTEN OF SILENT COMEDY by Steve Messa

Silent Film Comedy was a fortuitous combination of art and technology, where the physical comedy skills and artistry passed down from the Commedia dell'Arte, English music hall, and American vaudeville were captured for
posterity by the newly created motion picture camera. While the Chaplins, Keatons, and Laurel & Hardys are still remembered and celebrated, this book profiles unsung practitioners such as Billie Ritchie, Marcel Perez, Lige
Conley, and George Rowe, with special focus on the neglected comediennes Alice Howell, Gale Henry, Fay Tincher, and Josie Sadler. Popular icons on the order of Mack Sennett, Marie Dressler, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, and W.C. Fields are re-examined, plus detailed histories of silent comedy teams and kid's comedies are offered. The book also includes selected filmographies and is lavishly illustrated with more than 225 rarely-seen photographs and
advertising images.

Steve Massa is a leading enthusiast of silent comedy, who has devoted 45 years to researching the genre. A librarian in the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, he has organized comedy film programs for the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. In addition to consulting with the Eye Film Institute, Netherlands and other archives, and writing for film journals such as Griffithiana, he is a founding member of Silent Cinema Presentations which produces NYC's Silent Clown Film Series. Steve has also contributed articles
and commentary tracks to many comedy DVD collections such as The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Becoming Charley Chase, and Kino Video's  Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection.


You can order a copy of this book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=638

New Book - Wonderful World of Percussion

We are pleased to announce the up-coming publication of WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERCUSSION: MY LIFE BEHIND BARS by Emil Richards with Tom Di Nardo.

WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERCUSSION: MY LIFE BEHIND BARS by Emil Richards with Tom DiNardo




During a span of 55 years, Emil Richards has been a renowned presence in Hollywood soundstages, recording studios, jazz clubs and international touring venues. Considered a supreme artist on the vibraphone, marimba and xylophone, as well as a master of his world-famous collection of percussion instruments, Richards is renowned throughout the world for his versatility.

This book’s lifetime of insightful and hilarious experiences include years with Frank Sinatra and George Harrison, as well as many anecdotes involving Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley and Ravi Shankar, as well as most major recording artists.

Richards’ chronology roughly categories the book’s chapters into decades, with the 1960s mainly involving album recording, television shows in the ‘70s and films in the ‘80s and ‘90s. A parallel career means stories emanating through playing with George Shearing, Paul Horn, Stan Kenton and Roger Kellaway, as well as Igor Stravinsky and Richards’ own group Calamari.

 

There are warm recollections of the great film composers, including Henry Mancini, Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, who all collaborated at finding a unique sound at Richards’ warehouse before composing. Salad bowls used in “Planet Of The Apes,” gongs lowered into fluid for space movies and many other unusual sonic effects will flash readers back to decades of favorite movies.

From an astonishing family history and grim days growing up in Hartford, Connecticut, through wild tours with Sinatra to Europe, Japan and Egypt, and visits to the Maharishi in India, Richards’ entertaining, direct style perfectly complements this wealth of inside experiences.
“Throughout the many years of his long and distinguished career, Emil Richards consistently brought adventure, joy and discovery to all of his music making.   His new book is a valuable addition to the documentation of a period of great creativity in American music.”
               – John Williams

“I have no doubt that if you have even the slightest interest in movies or music, you will find that Emil’s stories are as inspirational as they are funny, and most importantly, you will discover one of the greatest souls ever to grace the music industry.”
                – Michael Giacchino


“Emil has played on .... I have no idea, maybe 60 or 70 scores of mine. He never disappoints and continues to amaze me. When it comes to percussion, Emil has always and always will be an irreplaceable original. ...The Man! ....The One and Only.“
                – Danny Elfman

ISBN: 978-1-59393-265-7                       Format:  Softcover; 232 pages                               Price: $19.95




THIS BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON AND CAN BE ORDERED FROM OUR WEBSITE:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=637

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jill C Nelson

GOLDEN GODDESSES: 25 LEGENDARY WOMEN OF CLASSIC EROTIC CINEMA, 1968-1985 by Jill C. Nelson
 
We recently caught up with BearManor author Jill C Nelson (author of Golden Goddesses) who gave us the following news:
 
"Last evening I taped my interview for the upcoming episode of The Projection Booth with Mike and Rob starting on May 1. We discussed A Scent of Heather, featuring the talented and lovely Ms. Veronica Hart in her first title role, in addition to the conception and publication of Golden Goddesses. 
 
Next up: A reminder that on Friday April 26, I will be joined by the beautiful legendary Ms. Ginger Lynn on a one hour Classic Rock Radio Tour hosted by Envision Radio. In light of the forthcoming tour, I have reposted my book's blog Spotlight on Ginger Lynn.  http://goldengoddessesbook.blogspot.ca/2011/10/"
You can find more information here:
 https://www.facebook.com/events/150909538399570/

 And why not head over to our website to pick up a copy of Golden Goddesses yourself:

Sandra Grabman

We are thrilled to bring you a video trailer for NO RETAKES! ACTORS & ACTRESSES REMEMBER THE ERA OF LIVE TELEVISION by Sandra Grabman and Wright King.


NO RETAKES! ACTORS & ACTRESSES REMEMBER THE ERA OF LIVE TELEVISION by Sandra Grabman and Wright King

When TV was "live!"

Voted "Best TV Book of 2009" by Classic Images magazine!

That's right! Can you imagine flubbing your line in front of the whole country without a chance to try again to make it right? That's what it was like back in the 1940s and 1950s. Week after week we saw these brave actors and actresses take on the challenge, and they did an amazing job.

Wright King was there on our screens in such shows as Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents, and Kraft Television Theatre, and has fond memories of those exciting days. He and his fellow actors tell us the circumstances that led them to their first live television production, what it was like on the set as the time of the broadcast drew nigh, and the reactions they got from people on the street when they left the studio.

So come on in and relive with us the days of yore when everything we saw on television was being broadcast live and absolutely anything could happen.


You can watch the video trailer (which was produced by BearManor author Michael B Druxman) here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy3Y9DDq5Sg&feature=youtu.be

You can order a copy of the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=sandra%grabma&product_id=285

And why not check out Sandra's other books too:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=sandra%20grabma

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chain of Fools

 CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D.

The wonderful CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D., has just received a lovely review from NYTheatre.com's Martin Denton.

Here is a tiny part of the review:
"Chain of Fools is not just a travelogue (pun totally intended) through the annals of silent comedy, however. It’s also a well-informed analysis of the art; and its concluding chapter, which looks at contemporary artists who are working in the form right now, contains lots of great information and advice that should be helpful to practitioners and aspiring slapstick filmmakers."

You can read the full review here:
http://blog.nytesmallpress.com/2013/04/22/trav-s-d-s-chain-of-fools-two-thumbs-up/

And after you've read the review, why not pop along to our website where you will be able to order a copy of the book for yourself:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=chain%of%fools&product_id=614

Steve Stoliar

The wonderful Steve Stoliar will be interviewed today, Wednesday 24th April, at 6 pm PDT and 9 pm EDT, about his book and audio, Raised Eyebrows.  He will be appearing on the Mic McGovern Show which broadcasts live on WWPR in Tampa Bay Talk Radio and streams on the internet.  We also believe that it will be available on the site to listen to afterwards.

RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE by Steve Stoliar

Here is a link to their site:
 
And to order a copy of Steve's paperback and audio, please click here:

New Book - Orson Welles and Roger Hill

We are pleased to announce the publication of ORSON WELLES AND ROGER HILL: A FRIENDSHIP IN THREE ACTS by Todd Tarbox.

ORSON WELLES AND ROGER HILL: A FRIENDSHIP IN THREE ACTS by Todd Tarbox

Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts chronicles the seven-decade relationship between Orson Welles and his mentor and treasured friend, the author’s grandfather, Roger Hill. Welles’s attachment to Hill was instant, reciprocal, and developed into an enduring love. Their intimate conversations and correspondence revealed in Friendship— at times frothy, and at other times solemn—reflect their incalculable interests and abiding fascination with the human comedy.

Orson was recognized by multitudes around the world, and his celebrity hasn’t diminished since his death in 1985. His public persona is widely known, admired, and debated, but very few knew the private Orson Welles. That fascinating and uncommonly warm persona is radiantly revealed in every page, as is the equally charismatic nature of Roger Hill.

Reflecting on the book, fellow director and author of This is Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich observed: “I found Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts fascinating, touching, and revealing of Orson and Roger. It certainly is the Orson I knew in all his complexity and brilliance.”

English actor, writer, director, and author of Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu, and Orson Welles: Hello Americans, the first two of an eventual three-volume Welles biography, Simon Callow, asserted:  I read Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts with absolute delight. At last I have what I have been looking for in vain till now: the sound of Welles’s private voice, the warmth, easiness, modesty, fantasy of which so many have spoken but which none have been able to reproduce. Here it is at last, along with the moving revelation of the depth of feeling between Orson Welles and Roger Hill: the undeviating, unconditional, but intelligent love in which Orson clearly rejoices, and by which he is so evidently sustained, even through the worst reverses and most bitter disappointments.”

American film critic and author of Discovering Orson Welles, Jonathan Rosenbaum, said of Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts:  “The major and longest-lasting close friendship of Orson Welles’s life was with one of his earliest role models—his teacher, advisor, and theatrical mentor at the Todd School who later became the school’s headmaster, Roger Hill. Hill’s grandson, Todd Tarbox, has given us invaluable and candidly intimate glimpses into many of its stages.”
 

If you would like to order a copy of the book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=634


About the Author: Todd Tarbox was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He is the author of See the World, Imagine, and co-editor of Footprints of Young Explorers. Tarbox lives in Barrington Hills, Illinois.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Koop Kooper

BearManor author Koop Kooper has been interviewed by Queens of Vintage Magazine.  Koop has some great answers to the questions given to him, and may I add that he looks absolutely dapper in the accompanying photographs too!

KOOP KOOPER'S COCKTAIL NATION by Koop Kooper

Here is just a teeny glimpse of the interview:

QueensOfVintage: Which are your favourite vintage eras and why?

Koop Kooper: I really love the casual nature of clothing of the late Fifties and Sixties. Compared to the Thirties and Forties the clothing became more functional and people started to mix it up a little and not wear a suit everywhere! My affection to that period is also related to the films that came out at that time. I’m particularly keen on the Doris Day / Rock Hudson sex comedies. As you can imagine, the release of Mad Men a few years ago was like a dream come true for me.

You can read the full interview here:
 
And you can order KOOP KOOPER'S COCKTAIL NATION from our website:
 

Author of the Week - Richard Kirby

This week's featured author is the fabulous Richard Kirby....


 
 
What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?

I was born in York, live near Middlesbrough (north east England) with my wife Elaine and work for NHS Blood & Transplant in Newcastle.

The writing was/is a hobby, something that helps me unwind after a day at work, but I started taking it more seriously after I finished playing club cricket back in 2004 and then moved to be with Elaine a couple of years later. I tended to pick random subjects and learned as I wrote and I only really intended to make the books available to friends and family, but things changed somewhat when Michelle Morgan got in touch after she found out about my Marilyn Monroe bio Something Had to Give. The reaction I got from Michelle and other readers (who all know far more about Marilyn than I ever will) was humbling if I’m honest and gave me the confidence to open up my work to a wider audience.

Whatever the subject, I tend to write the same way. My style is very relaxed, almost conversational – nothing deliberate, the words just seem to flow that way. Obviously style is subjective and there will be those who prefer a more formal approach, but if you do happen to like the way I write, the hope is that you’d enjoy most of my books, even if the subject wasn’t of major initial interest.

But I suppose the opposite is also true!

(I’m also very fond of the three dot ellipsis. I realise it’s a bit of a no-no, but . . .)

What book have you written for BearManor, and what is it about?

The book is called Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman and is a very personal history of Doctor Who (a programme I have watched since 1968) coupled with my search to obtain a signed photograph from all the female TARDIS companions.

The book was initially self-published in 2010 and proceeds donated to Children in Need. However, I wanted to rewrite the book for two main reasons. Firstly, I had received a number of photos after the original publication and secondly (and far more importantly), three of the actresses who’d replied had since passed away and I really wanted to update the book in their memory.

Of all my work, this probably best represents “me” and my style and I’m excited, thrilled, flattered and all sorts of similar adjectives that BearManor have agreed to publish this book.

Why did you choose that particular subject?

Oh easy peasy! It’s my all-time favourite television programme.

 

How long did it take you to write it, and did you find it an easy task?

I started in January 2010 and I’ve just finished the complete rewrite, so I suppose it’s been “work in progress” for over three years. I loved the research, the writing and the daily anticipation that an envelope with a signed photo might drop through the letterbox.

What can we expect to find in your book?

A very personal look back at Doctor Who from 1963 to the present day with reviews, photos, trivial digressions (lots), attempts at humour, but hopefully no spelling mistakes.

What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer

Two things for me: researching new topics and meeting new people. Whilst I enjoyed finding out about Marilyn and Jean Harlow, the bio I enjoyed the most was that of Marie Prevost because I knew literally nothing about her before deciding to compile my own look back at her life.

Meeting (albeit virtually) so many new friends through writing has been fantastic. To have been accepted to any small degree by people far more talented is a lovely feeling and I’m genuinely proud to be one of the newest members of this group.

Do you have a website, blog etc, where readers can find you?

www.richardkirby.org – all nice comments gratefully received.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

How random can this be? I have a Latin ‘A’ level, I’m deaf in my right ear, I’ve completed five half marathons, I’m left-handed . . . is that enough?!

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We would like to thank Richard for being our Author of the Week!  Look out for his first BearManor book, coming later this year.

New Book - Brain Explosion

We are pleased to announce the publication of BRAIN EXPLOSION by Dave Shelton.


BRAIN EXPLOSION by Dave Shelton

From the Author:

My brain never seems to turn off. It is in constant creative mode. Story/script ideas, cartoons, thoughts, anecdotes, lyrics, melodies. it's a never ending brain explosion. And I have to have some kind of noise stimulus around me just to try and distract me because if I try to quiet it, the silence is deafening. That is why I decided to put together this book as a cathartic release, a spring cleaning (so to speak) of my brain just to make room for the next explosion. Enjoy the garage sale that is my mind and I hope you find something you can fill your head with.
- Dave Shelton


About the Author:

Dave Shelton is a film/TV writer/director/cartoonist/voice actor living in Los Angeles with his fiancé Tami Zorge and multitudes of characters from his brain. His credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, National Lampoon, Nickelodeon, Disney and Tweety and Sylvester. He has worked with everyone from Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) to Jennette McCurdy (iCarly).

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=636

Monday, April 22, 2013

New Book - The Barclay Hotel

We are pleased to announce the publication of THE BARCLAY HOTEL: NEW YORK'S ELEGANT HIDEAWAY FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS by Cindy Gueli and Ward Morehouse III.

THE BARCLAY HOTEL: NEW YORK'S ELEGANT HIDEAWAY FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS by Cindy Gueli and Ward Morehouse III

Opening its doors during the era that inspired The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey, The Barclay Hotel offered its guests a touch of old world elegance amidst the swirling glitz and jazz of New York City's Roaring Twenties.

Gilded Age millionaires, progressive social crusaders, and world-renowned artists all found a comfortable home at The Barclay. Blue-blooded scion Harold S. Vanderbilt, legendary author Ernest Hemingway, Ambassador and famed hostess Perle Mesta, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill, and civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. were among the elite guests who lived, worked, and socialized at the exclusive hotel.

The Barclay Hotel: New York's Elegant Hideaway for the Rich and Famous provides a captivating inside look at the nearly ninety year history of The Barclay, which both impacted and reflected the people, events, style, and romance of its Midtown East neighborhood and New York City itself.

Cindy Gueli is a writer, professor, and filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. She has taught and lectured for institutions such as American University, The Washington Center, and House of Representatives Congressional Caucuses. She completed her bachelor's degree at Georgetown University and earned two master's degrees and a doctorate in History from American University. She is also the author of the upcoming book Lipstick Brigade: Government Girls in World War II Washington.

Ward Morehouse III's love affair with grand hotels began long before he wrote his first landmark book, The Waldorf-Astoria: America's Gilded Dream, which was followed by Inside the Plaza: An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel. His father, the late drama critic Ward Morehouse, lovingly introduced his son to the glamorous life of luxurious hotels. He is a former staff correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, Broadway columnist for the New York Post and author of eight other books.


You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=635

Philip J Riley

We recently caught up with the fabulous Philip J Riley who very kindly shared some recent photographs with us all, along with his comments... Enjoy!!!


1. World famous fantasy film memorabilia collector Bob Burns and me at the terrific book signing event at Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank. That's the original King Kong armature in front of us, courtesy of Bob Burns.



2. This is the cover of Spanish Posters and Art from Classic Monster Films - cover of the second full color reproductions of Vintage Spanish advertising materials from 1919 to the 1970s.



 
3. Newest Nightmare Series book - The Pit and the Pendulum (available soon.)

We would like to thank Philip for allowing us to share his photographs with you all.  If you would like to see our vast range of books by Mr Riley, you can head over to our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=philip%20j%20riley

Friday, April 19, 2013

Book of the Week - A Prisoner of Love

Our Book of the Week this time is: A PRISONER OF LOVE: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RUSS COLUMBO by Tony Toran.

A PRISONER OF LOVE: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RUSS COLUMBO by Tony Toran

Russ Columbo was a crooner who wooed many women in his lifetime, with Carole Lombard being his most famous love.  Sadly he passed away before he had reached his prime, in circumstances that are still being discussed today.

You can read all about Russ and his life and career in this book.

Please order from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=70&product_id=335

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bill Levy

LEST WE FORGET: THE JOHN FORD STOCK COMPANY by Bill Levy

We are happy to say that BearManor author Bill Levy has been busy publicising his book, 'Lest We Forget' and we caught up with him recently to hear all his latest news.....

  • There is a brand new 'mini-interview' of Bill discussing the John Ford book (and mentioning his next BearManor project) on the Ben Johnson website – http://benjohnsonfanpage.shutterfly.com
  • On Saturday, May 25th from 11 to 3, Bill will be doing a book signing at the Quiet Man Pub in Dover, New Jersey  (www.quietmanpub.com)  (973-366-6333).  According to Bill, Frank Burke, the Irish owner, opened the pub in 1979; he had been working as a waiter in the Irish hotel/castle where John Ford, John Wayne, and Maureen O’Hara were staying during the filming of The Quiet Man and vowed one day he’d open a pub called The Quiet Man.  And he did!
  • Bill will be doing signings in  May at the Westport Library in Westport, Connecticut (203-291-4818) on May 7th at high noon and at Mendham Books in Mendham, New Jersey  (973-543-4949) on May 18th at 11:00 am.
Please pop along to see Bill if you can, but if not, please head to our website where you can order a copy of the book for yourself: 
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bill%levy&product_id=606

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fibber McGee and Molly: On the Air


 
We are pleased to announce that the BearManor book, 'Fibber McGee and Molly: On The Air 1935-1959' has now been Revised and Enlarged by Clair Shulz.  Here is all the information you need to know:
 
534 Pages. $29.95, ISBN: 978-1-59393-433-0

Fibber McGee and Molly was one of broadcasting’s greatest triumphs, reaching its height during the 1940s when millions of Americans tuned in Tuesday evenings to hear radio’s royal couple welcome the Old Timer, Gildersleeve, Mrs. Uppington, Mayor LaTrivia, Doctor Gamble, and other visitors who came calling at the most famous address in Comedyland, 79 Wistful Vista.

A listening favorite in many homes from the Depression right into the space age, Fibber McGee and Molly was unique in that it aired in three different formats: thirty-minute productions, fifteen-minute episodes, and vignettes heard on NBC Monitor. This guide to over 1200 episodes covers all three formats of the series with entries listing date of broadcast, title, cast, summary, musical numbers, running gags, and comments designed to enhance the enjoyment of listeners and readers.

This revised and greatly-expanded edition contains 300 additional entries (including 20 for which no transcription exists), more appendices (one tabulating all openings of that famous hall closet), and a new selection of photographs to complement the text.

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=633
 
 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Trav S.D.

CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D.

Our author Trav S.D. had a wonderful launch party for his book, CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE.  It was attended by many members of the silent comedy community and everyone had a fabulous time.

You can read all about the event on Trav's blog:
http://travsd.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/last-nights-event/

And here is a photo of the man himself, entertaining the crowds!



You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=chain%of%fools&product_id=614

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 was featured at a very special event this week.

 
The above photograph is a tribute to the Art and Artists of Special Effects event group photo and shows the following:
Bottom Row: Robert A. Welch, Denny Skotak, Erik C. Andersen, Bob Burns, Chris Simmons, Tom Griep / Middle Row: Philp J. Riley, Patrick McClung, Lisa Morton, Greg Jein, Pete Gerard, Keith Kaminski / Back Row: Ron Gress, Gene Rizzardi, Harry Walton, Mark Stetson


To order the book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=wizard%of%mgm&product_id=538

And please visit www.WizardOfMGM.com for more information on the event:

Mark Carlson

 
Mark Carlson was an invited guest at the First Annual Reel Stuff Aviation Film Fest at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Museum.

While there he met with Hollywood producer Catherine Wyler, who produced ‘Memphis Belle’ in 1990, Christian Fry, director of ‘The Air Racers,’ actor Anthony Edwards, who played ‘Goose’ in ‘Top Gun,’ and did book signings with William A. Wellman, Jr. His book has received great praise by aviation and film professionals.

One reader commented “It’s the bible for aviation film fans.”

You can order 'Flying on Film' from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=mark%carlson&product_id=542

Monday, April 15, 2013

New Book - Ruth Chatterton

We are pleased to announce the publication of RUTH CHATTERTON: ACTRESS, AVIATOR, AUTHOR by Scott O'Brien.

RUTH CHATTERTON: ACTRESS, AVIATOR, AUTHOR by Scott O'Brien

In 1912, producer Henry Miller became smitten with his young discovery Ruth Chatterton.  They teamed on stage in The Rainbow and for a time, off stage as well.  In 1928 Hollywood beckoned.  ‘Talkies’ needed ‘voices’ and Chatterton’s faultless English was her ticket to film stardom.

Nominated for Best Actress in popular tearjerkers like Madame X and Sarah and Son, Chatterton proved equally adept in feminist turn, Female.  In 1936, she offered her cinematic piece de resistance as the superficial, selfish wife of Walter Huston in the Academy Award nominated Dodsworth.

A friend of Amelia Earhart, Ruth also earmarked her career as an aviator and sponsor of successful air derbies.  By 1950, the actress/aviator became recognized as a novelist whose courageous, controversial work made The New York Times best-seller list.  She tackled Anti-Semitism, McCarthyism, racism, and proved adept in making a positive ripple amid society’s prejudices.


You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=632

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Final Cuts

Nat Segaloff, author of FINAL CUTS: THE LAST FILMS OF 50 GREAT DIRECTORS has recently taken part in an interview for KPCC/NPR.

FINAL CUTS: THE LAST FILMS OF 50 GREAT DIRECTORS by Nat Segaloff

If you missed the show, you can listen again by clicking here:
 
And please head over to our website to buy a copy of the book:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Mr. Towers of London

MR. TOWERS OF LONDON, A LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HARRY ALAN TOWERS by Harry Alan Towers has been reviewed on the Bookgasm website.

MR. TOWERS OF LONDON, A LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HARRY ALAN TOWERS by Harry Alan Towers
 
Rod Lott describes the book as "like a long, friendly conversation over Cognac" and says that it is overflowing with stories to share.

To read the full review, please go to the Bookgasm site:
http://www.bookgasm.com/reviews/entertainment/mr-towers-of-london/

And to order a copy of the book, please click here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=%owers&product_id=605

Leonard Maltin Reviews


LEST WE FORGET: THE JOHN FORD STOCK COMPANY by Bill LevyFINAL CUTS: THE LAST FILMS OF 50 GREAT DIRECTORS by Nat Segaloff

Leonard Maltin has reviewed two of our books: 'LEST WE FORGET' By Bill Levy and 'FINAL CUTS' by Nat Segaloff.

To read the reviews, please head over the Leonard's website:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/new-and-notable-film-books-spring-2013

And to buy the books please go to our website:

Final Cuts:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=final%cuts&product_id=607

Lest We Forget:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=lest%we%forget&product_id=606



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book of the Week - Opened Time Capsules

This week's featured book is OPENED TIME CAPSULES: MY VINTAGE CONVERSATIONS WITH SHOW BUSINESS PERSONALITIES by David Rothel

OPENED TIME CAPSULES: MY VINTAGE CONVERSATIONS WITH SHOW BUSINESS PERSONALITIES by David Rothel



"You made it very nostalgic; we went clear back to the horse and buggy days."
- Phyllis Diller

"Thank you.  Loved it!"
- Vincent Price

"You know more [about my career] than my memory permits me to know."
- Hans Conried
 
From the 1970s through 2003, author David Rothel interviewed dozens of show business personalities for his radio program and for "Guest Star" panels at film festivals where he was the host.  Now Rothel has drawn from those fascinating conversations for his book Opened Time Capsules: My Vintage Conversations with Show Business Personalities.  Here's your chance to eavesdrop on such personalities as Myrna Loy discussing The Thin Man film series; Vincent Price recalling those horror films he made for American-International; Lloyd Bridges talking about his classic TV series Sea Hunt; Milton Berle reminiscing about the Texaco Star Theatre; and two Tarzans, Gordon Scott and Jock Mahoney, discussing their adventures on the swinging vines.  Twenty celebrities in all recollect their career highs and lows in this fascinating oral history of American popular culture covering much of the Twentieth Century.

For anyone with an avid interest in the history of that bygone, golden era, David Rothel's fascinating conversations with these show business personalities will be must reading and will most certainly bring back many fond memories.
 
You can order a copy of this book from our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=63&product_id=292

Trav S. D.


The amazing book, CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D has been reviewed by The Villager.

CHAIN OF FOOLS: SILENT COMEDY AND ITS LEGACIES, FROM NICKELODEONS TO YOUTUBE by Trav S.D.

Here is a tiny snippet of what the review says:

"Dense and detailed but always written with an infectious fan’s love of the game, “Chain” — as its title implies — is a chronological examination of laugh-inducing wordless expression that the author actually manages to trace all the way back to 27 centuries ago…right up to the sort of physical comedy that’s being posted on YouTube as you read this. That means you’ll come to enjoy (or at least aesthetically appreciate) the relevance, and relative merits, of The Keystone Cops as well as Adam Sandler. The author even manages to explain why all of France seems to be in love with Jerry Lewis."

Please head over to the website for the full review of this fantastic book:
http://www.thevillager.com/2013/04/04/the-power-of-silence/

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=trav&product_id=614

Steve Stoliar

We are happy to tell you that Steve Stoliar's, 'Raised Eyebrows: The Audiobook' will be released at Audible.com on 15th April and is currently at a pre-release discounted price.

RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO'S HOUSE (AUDIO BOOK) performed by Steve Stoliar

Here is a link to the audio download:

And don't forget the paperback is also available from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=steve%stoliar&product_id=429

Monday, April 8, 2013

Coming Soon - Interviews Too Shocking to Print

We are pleased to tell you that we have a new book coming soon entitled INTERVIEWS TOO SHOCKING TO PRINT! by Justin Humphreys.

(COMING SOON) INTERVIEWS TOO SHOCKING TO PRINT! by Justin Humphreys

Interviews Too Shocking to Print! collects interviews with some of horror and science fiction cinema and TV’s finest directors, actors, writers, and production designers. Their films range from the mightiest blockbusters to esoteric drive-in arcana. The thread uniting these interviews is the imagination– the interviewees’ work represents some of the freshest, most popular, vital, and inventive works in fantastic filmmaking.

            The interviewees:
            - Alan Ball- The author of American Beauty, whose True Blood has become a favorite of vampire lovers everywhere.
            - Wah Chang- The sculptor and all-around f/x genius who created the monstrous menageries of “Star Trek,” “The Outer Limits,” and George Pal’s films, among many others.
             - William Finley- The gangly, unforgettable cult star who essayed the title role in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise and headlined Sisters, Eaten Alive, and other cult classics.
            - Jack Fisk- Now one of Hollywood’s top production designers (There Will Be Blood), Fisk cut his teeth creating the eerily unforgettable worlds of Phantom of the Paradise, Messiah of Evil, and Carrie
            - Gene Fowler, Jr.- Fritz Lang’s former editor, Fowler directed two minor masterpieces whose off-kilter titles give little indication of their high quality: I Was a Teenage Werewolf and I Married a Monster From Outer Space.
            - Chuck Griffith- A bizarre master screenwriter, Griffith wrote immortal low-budget favorites like The Little Shop of Horrors, A Bucket of Blood, Not of This Earth, and Death Race 2000, and who added “Feed me!” to the American lexicon.
                       - Stewart Stern- The author of Rebel Without a Cause recalls directing Boris Karloff as Mr. Kurtz in his tv production of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
            - Herbert Strock- Strock discusses the making of his psychotronic gems I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, How to Make a Monster, and The Crawling Hand.
            - William Tuttle- The head of MGM’s makeup department for decades and the first makeup artist to win an Academy Award, Tuttle’s make-up career stretched from Mark of the Vampire with Bela Lugosi and The Wizard of Oz  to Young Frankenstein’s zipper-neck monster. 
            - Robert Wise- The director of two of the all-time most popular musicals– West Side Story and The Sound of Music– discusses his long and varied career, including editing Citizen Kane and directing the distinctly un-musical The Body Snatcher, Born to Kill, Curse of the Cat People, and The Andromeda Strain.

            Also included are several of Humphreys’ essays, including “The Kind of Fiend Who Wins,” the definitive making-of article on Vincent Price’s masterpiece, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.

            Justin Humphreys is the author of Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget (also from BearManor), and the upcoming authorized biography of director/producer George Pal. A three-time Rondo Award nominee, he has sold over 130 articles and been quoted in magazines like The Virginia Quarterly Review, and interviewed for documentaries by the Starz Channel, Paramount Home Video, and others. He is also the Primary Research Editor of Academy Award-winner Robert Skotak’s upcoming Retrospect magazine.

This book will be available to order from our website soon!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

FINAL CUTS: THE LAST FILMS OF 50 GREAT DIRECTORS by Nat Segaloff has received a positive and supportive review in the DGA Quarterly.

FINAL CUTS: THE LAST FILMS OF 50 GREAT DIRECTORS by Nat Segaloff

You can read the review here:

http://www.dga.org/Craft/DGAQ/All-Articles/1302-Spring-2013/Books-Final-Cuts.aspx

And afterwards why not head along to our website to order a copy of the book:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=final%cuts&product_id=607

David Frankham and Jonathan Dixon

BearManor author David Frankham and his friend Jonathan Dixon will be on a local radio station on Friday 12th April at 6:30 PM (Mountain time) talking about WHICH ONE WAS DAVID, his career, etc. on a program called "Cinema Scope".  

WHICH ONE WAS DAVID? by David Frankham with Jim Hollifield
 
Don't worry if you miss the in-depth interview, however, as you can tune in on their website:

And afterwards why not head along to our website to order a copy of the book, WHICH ONE WAS DAVID? by David Frankham with Jim Hollifield:
 

New Book - Hitchcock's North by Northwest

We are pleased to announce the publication of HITCHCOCK'S NORTH BY NORTHWEST: THE MAN WHO HAD TOO MUCH by James Stratton.

HITCHCOCK'S NORTH BY NORTHWEST: THE MAN WHO HAD TOO MUCH by James Stratton

Possibly Alfred Hitchcock's most popular and elaborate film, North by Northwest follows advertising executive Roger Thornhill's frantic cross-country race to free himself from a false murder charge and a mistaken identity pursuit by foreign spies.  In a series of lively, self-contained chapters geared to both film buffs and casual viewers, the book explores all of the structural and thematic elements that combine to make this one of the master of suspense's most remarkable achievements. Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Hitchcock's favorite production team and a perfect cast including James Mason and Eva Marie Saint are celebrated at the height of their creative talents.

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=630

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Henry Darrow

HENRY DARROW: LIGHTNING IN THE BOTTLE by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow

We recently heard from BearManor author Jan Pippins who told us the following:

"I have just returned from California and Arizona and The High Chaparral Reunion (Henry Darrow, the subject of my book "Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle" and my "partner in crime" earned international fame through his starring role in the series). Book sales were pretty good but the really good news is that we're finally stocked in our first "brick and mortar" buildings! Autographed copies of "Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle" are now available in the gift shop at Old Tucson Studios and venerable Vroman's Book Store in Pasadena, CA has several copies of non-autographed softcover for sale too."

That's great news, so if you are in the area, why not pop in and treat yourself to a copy?!

And if you're not in the area, you can of course buy a copy of this wonderful book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=henry%darrow&product_id=486