Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Walton Family Cookbook

We are very happy to announce that we have republished THE WALTON FAMILY COOKBOOK by Sylvia Resnick.

THE WALTON FAMILY COOKBOOK by Sylvia Resnick

Gathering around the dinner table to discuss the happenings of the day was a tradition that was cherished by all of the Walton family members. Good food and lively conversation creates a bond that is cherished and long remembered by each of us. The Walton Family Cookbook is filled with favorite dishes of the cast members. Ralph Waite's (John Walton) pot roast; Ellen Corby's (Grandma Walton) fresh baked Whole Wheat Bread; Judy Norton's (Mary Ellen) Health Salad and Michael Learned's (Olivia Walton) French Onion Soup and Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing are just some of the taste bud delights you'll find inside plus favorite anecdotes about their own family dinners.

This book makes an excellent present (and Christmas will be here before we know it!) so head over to our website to check it out for yourself:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=662

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dick Baxter


Thanks to Sandy Grabman for sending in the following information:

"Our “Standing Tall in the Shadows” author, Dick Baxter, sent me copies of 2 articles that ran in “The Western Way” magazine about his 50 years in show business. One was in the Fall 2012 edition (page 8) and the other was in the Summer 2013 edition (page 32). "
 
You can see both articles below - just click on them to make them bigger....
 

 
STANDING TALL IN THE SHADOWS: MEMOIRS OF A HOLLYWOOD MANAGER by Dick Baxter
 
You can order 'Standing Tall in the Shadows' from our website:
 
 

Little Elf and Ben Turpin

The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner recently reviewed our wonderful BearManor Books, LITTLE ELF: A CELEBRATION OF HARRY LANGDON by Chuck Harter & Michael J. Hayde and FOR ART'S SAKE: THE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY OF BEN TURPIN by Steve Rydzewski.

 You can read the feature here:
 
http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/07/26/books-silent-stars-turpin-langdon-example-small-press-thoroughness


LITTLE ELF: A CELEBRATION OF HARRY LANGDON by Chuck Harter & Michael J. Hayde

You can order Little Elf here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=little%elf&product_id=509

FOR ART'S SAKE: THE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY OF BEN TURPIN by Steve Rydzewski


And For Art's Sake here:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=ben%turpin&product_id=644

Todd Tarbox

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

We recently caught up with BearManor author Todd Tarbox, who shared the following with us:

"Today the World Socialist Web Site published David Walsh’s insightful review of Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts, followed by an interview with me.  Perhaps you would like to mention both on the BearManor Media blog."
 
Well yes, we certainly would like to share, and here are the links to the articles:

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/26/tarb-j26.html

 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/26/tint-j26.html

We are also pleased to report that Wellesnet graciously posted Todd's recent remarks on Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts:

http://www.wellesnet.com/?p=7476



Once you have read the articles, please head to our website to order a copy of the book, Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=todd%tarbox&product_id=634

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dave White Presents

NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT DAVE WHITE PRESENTS....
 
THE GREATEST BAD MOVIES OF ALL TIME by Phil Hall
 
Grand Funk Railroad, Genya Ravan, and the 100 Worst Movies of All-Time on the Next "Dave White Presents"!

In 1968, Mark Farner (guitar), Mel Schacher (bass), and Don Brewer (drums) became Grand Funk Railroad, one of the era's most popular, and most controversial, power trios. In 1970, they sold more albums than any other American band and broke The Beatles' Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.  They went platinum with their hit, "I'm Your Captain/ Closer to Home." Then, in 1972, they added keyboardist Craig Frost, moved into rhythm and blues, and had a successful string of new chart-toppers like "We're an American Band," "The Loco-Motion," and "Some Kind of Wonderful."  

On Tues. July 30, Don Brewer, the voice and composer of many of those hits, shares his inside story behind GFR on the new "Dave White Presents"! From Detroit garage band to being immortalized by Homer Simpson, Don takes you on stage, in the studio, and tells you what the band is doing now. They're still at it, you know.

As it happens, GFR got their record deal because of their appearance at the 1968 Atlanta Pop Festival. Another band to get the same boost from that gig was the brass/rock group called Ten Wheel Drive featuring Genya Ravan.    Genya had an earlier life as a successful pop singer as she was Goldie in the very first all-girl rock band of all time, Goldie and The Gingerbreads. In fact, in 1965, the group hit their stride in the U.K. where they toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, and The Yardbirds. Then came 1968, Ten Wheel Drive, and three jazz/blues/rock albums adored by critics but just didn't crack the radio airways.  Why not?

On the next DWP, the saucy and spunky Genya will share her memories about it all including her time producing folks like Ronnie Spector, trying to get her band to go to Woodstock, and all the news behind her sizzling, bluesy new CD, Cheesecake Girl. We'll play you a Ten Wheel Drive classic banned on most radio stations at the time, a bit of Goldie and The Gingerbreads, and one of the jumpin' tunes on a CD you really don't want to miss!

Then, Dave White takes you to the movies with film critic Phil Hall, author of the upcoming THE GREATEST BAD MOVIES OF ALL TIME. Dave and Phil talk about what makes a movie bad and forgettable and what makes one so bad, It's unforgettable for the wrong reasons.  They discuss a few examples from Phil's book and how the list of 100 movies was created. You're invited to compare your own lists with Phil's as the choices are, well, never ending!

So Grand Funk Railroad, soulful belter Genya Ravan, and the worst movies ever made on Tues. July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over--


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






You can order a copy of The Greatest Bad Movies of all Time on our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=658

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Book - Gods of the Grindhouse

We are pleased to announce the publication of GODS OF GRINDHOUSE: INTERVIEWS WITH EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS by Andrew J. Rausch.

GODS OF GRINDHOUSE: INTERVIEWS WITH EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS by Andrew J. Rausch

“Grindhouse” is a term that refers to theaters that primarily showed exploitation films. There were a handful of these theaters on 42nd Street in New York City. These theaters showed a variety of films that generally featured sex, violence, and bizarre subject matter. These included slasher films, X-rated movies, badly-dubbed Hong Kong chop socky pictures, blaxploitation, and general exploitation films. The period most generally associated with these types of movie houses stretches from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. Since the demise of these theaters, and with them certain types of film, an enthusiasm and appreciation for them has developed. Hollywood films such as Black Dynamite, Machete, and Hobo with a Shotgun have since payed homage to them.

Gods of Grindhouse: Interviews with Exploitation Filmmakers contains conversations with a variety of filmmakers associated with such films. The book contains interviews with key figures such as Roger Corman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Larry Cohen, David F. Friedman, William Lustig, Ted V. Mikels, and others. It also contains interviews with Bill Rebane and Russ Meyer that have never appeared in print before! This is a one-of-a-kind collection of interviews that gets as down and dirty as the films themselves.


You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=661

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Review - Wishing On A Star

Reader C J Shank has very kindly reviewed WISHING ON A STAR: THE LIFE OF EDDIE CARROLL by Carolyn Carroll and Brad Strickland.

WISHING ON A STAR: THE LIFE OF EDDIE CARROLL by Carolyn Carroll and Brad Strickland

Here is her review:

One of my big regrets is not being able to see Eddie Carroll do his Jack Benny show in person.  I had written to numerous theatres in my area to ask them to schedule him with no success and had finally decided I was going to fly to wherever he was appearing when he became ill.
The new Bear Manor book is an amazing tribute to Mr. Carroll, who was also the voice of Jiminy Cricket and the book has some hilarious Jack Benny stories in it.  Following is my review for the book:

You may not know Eddie Carroll's name but you have heard his voice in hundreds of commercials and his appearances in numerous tv series - as well as the voice of Jiminy Cricket. Carroll was born in Canada and went to performing arts school with Robert Goulet. He always wanted to go to Hollywood and finally made it. He had ups and downs but always a positive attitude. The two things Carroll is most known for is the voice of Disney's Jiminy Cricket and his tribute show in honor of Jack Benny. This biography provides a great look at Carroll's life, the struggles he had but the goal of a life in show business always in sight and the positive effect he had on all who knew or worked with him. Friendships with actors Ben Cooper and Jaime Farr are highlighted as well as the many people Carroll met and worked with throughout his life. The book lets you laugh out loud at times as well as brings a tear to your eye as Carroll goes through his final illness with the same optimism he showed throughout his life. A well done tribute to Eddie Carroll. - CJ Shank
You can order a copy of the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=carroll&product_id=620

Richard Hayes


 KATE SMITH SPEAKS: 50 SELECTED ORIGINAL RADIO SCRIPTS, 1938-1951 by Richard Hayes
 
We caught up with Andrew Lee Fielding recently, who told us the following interesting news:

Richard Hayes, author of the BearManor Media book "Kate Smith Speaks" (subtitled "50 Selected Original Radio Scripts: 1938-1951"), will be making a radio appearance Thursday night (July 18th).

An interview with Hayes, whose book was released by BearManor in January, will air on the "Thursday Live Show," on the Internet radio station "Radio Once More."

The station (which can be heard at www.radiooncemore.com) features Old-Time Radio and nostalgia-oriented programming.  The host of the "Thursday Live Show" is Andrew Lee Fielding (author of the 2007 BearManor book "The Lucky Strike Papers:  Journeys Through My Mother's Television Past").  

Fielding's show is heard from 9 to midnight (Eastern time).  The interview with Richard Hayes will begin airing at some point between 9:20 and 9:45 p.m.

In addition to his BearManor book about the "Kate Smith Speaks" radio show, Hayes is the author of a Kate Smith biography, titled "Kate Smith:  When the Moon Came Over the Mountain."  The book was originally published in the 1990s (under a different title); a new edition was released several years ago, by the Kate Smith Commemorative Society. 
 
Kate Smith Speaks can be ordered from our website:
THE LUCKY STRIKE PAPERS: JOURNEYS THROUGH MY MOTHER'S TELEVISION PAST by Andrew Lee Fielding
And Andrew Lee Fielding's book can be found here:
 

 

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon

HORROR HITS: RICHARD GORDON by Tom Weaver

HORROR HITS: RICHARD GORDON by Tom Weaver has been reviewed by Rod Lott on the Bookgasm website.

Here is an excerpt from the review:

Published by BearManor Media, HORROR HITS is arranged chronologically. Made between 1958 and 1981, each film is introduced with a brief synopsis, followed by a transcript of Weaver and Gordon’s talks, presented in the easy-to-read Q&A format. With little prompting by the author, Gordon touches on all aspects imaginable, from the genesis of each project down to the salaries of all involved. It’s the anecdotes in between, however, that offer the meat, such as Boris Karloff acting like a saint, but Christopher Lee acting like anything but.

You can read the full review here:

 
And you can order the book from our website:
 
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=richard%gordon&product_id=325

David Frankham

WHICH ONE WAS DAVID? by David Frankham with Jim Hollifield

David Frankham, author of WHICH ONE WAS DAVID? will be appearing at the Prescott Film Festival in Arizona, on 28th July, talking about 'Reflections of a Golden Age Actor.'  His last appearance at their Science Fiction festival was so successful that the organisers were eager to have him back, so if you missed him the first time, please try and make it to this one, as it's bound to be wonderful!  Here is a link to the website:  


 You can order a copy of the book from our website:
 
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=david%frankham&product_id=543

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 by Todd Tarbox was reviewed last weekend in "The Republican" (Springfield, MA)

You can read the full review here:

http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/07/2_new_books_recount_conversati.html

And you can order a copy of this very popular book from our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=todd%tarbox&product_id=634

Scott O'Brien

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

We recently spoke to Scott O'Brien, author of RUTH CHATTERTON: ACTRESS, AVIATOR, AUTHOR, who told us the exciting news that he will be doing a book signing for the Ruth Chatterton biography at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival on Sunday, July 21. 

Here is the link: http://sfsilentfilmfestival.blogspot.com/2013/07/book-and-dvd-signings-at-2013-schedule.html

Scott will b
e paired with William Wellman Jr. (whose Dad directed Chatterton in two films and a number of scenes in the preCode favorite Female).  Wellman Sr., also directed Scott's current research subject, George Brent, in three films. 

The July issue of Classic Images includes an article Scott wrote on Chatterton, titled, "Self-Reliant Star" -- an overview of her remarkable life with lots of good photos.


You can order a copy of Scott's book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=ruth%chatterton&product_id=632



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hardbacked books.....

Did you know that many of our books are available in hardback?  Well they are!  You can check out the vast number of titles at our sister-site, www.coverout.com.

So why not head along to Cover Out today, and see what takes your fancy?!

Linda J Alexander

A MAVERICK LIFE: THE JACK KELLY STORY by Linda J. Alexander

A MAVERICK LIFE: THE JACK KELLY STORY by Linda J. Alexander is now available on Kindle.  So why not download it for a great summer read?

Here is a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-Life-Kelly-Story-ebook/dp/B00DUF3MQQ/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1373536323&sr=8-1&keywords=jack+kelly+maverick

It is still available in paperback too of course, which can be bought here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=linda%j.%alexander&product_id=445

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Suzanne Sumner Ferry

BearManor author Suzanne Sumner Ferry has just finished shooting a movie called Treasure Hunters.  It looks like a fantastic flick, if the photos I've seen are anything to go by.  In this video, Suzanne talks about how she got the role:


 
You can find out more about the movie by joining the FaceBook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/159525370899460/?fref=ts

THE DAY THE STARS STOOD STILL: A MEMOIR ABOUT LOGAN FLEMING, FORMER TOP WAX ARTIST OF MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM by Suzanne Sumner Ferry as told by Logan Fleming

And of course you can order Suzanne's book 'The Day the Stars Stood Still' from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=suzanne%sumner&product_id=496

Trav S D

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

Trav S D, author of 'Chain of Fools', was on the Halli Casser Jayne show last week with Chaplin's Rob McClure and Ben Model.  He was talking about his wonderful book of course, and you can hear the interview right here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thehallicasserjayneshow/2013/06/26/silent-comedy-fest-starring-chaplins-rob-McClure

After you have listened to the interview, why not head to our website to order the book for yourself:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=chain%of%fools&product_id=614

Mike White and Phil Hall

THE GREATEST BAD MOVIES OF ALL TIME by Phil Hall

We recently caught up with Mike White, who tells us that he is doing an upcoming podcast with BearManor author Phil Hall, to talk about his book, The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time.

You can find out more here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/514887565225263/

And order Phil Hall's book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=658

IMPOSSIBLY FUNKY: A CASHIERS DU CINEMART COLLECTION by Mike White

IMPOSSIBLY FUNKY: A CASHIERS DU CINEMART COLLECTION by Mike White can be found here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=mike%white&product_id=198

The Films of Mamie Van Doren


THE FILMS OF MAMIE VAN DOREN by Joseph Fusco
 
Rod Lott has very kindly reviewed THE FILMS OF MAMIE VAN DOREN by Joseph Fusco at Flick Attack, which is dedicated to movies:


 and at Bookgasm:


Please pop along and see what he says about the book, and then head over to our website to order a copy for yourself:
 
 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stanley Dyrector

SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST: CONVERSATIONS WITH PARTICIPANTS by Stanley Dyrector

We are thrilled to tell you that Stanley Dyrector, author of Shedding the Light on the Hollywood Blacklist, has been mentioned in the Senior Monthly, 'Not Born Yesterday.'  Not only that,  but he will also be doing a signing at Chevalier's Book Store on Sunday, July 14th between 12-2 pm.

The address of the store is: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles CA, but if you are unable to make the event, don't worry, as you can still order the book from our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=stanley%dyrector&product_id=646

Here is Stanley at a recent event at the Samuel French book store.  He had a full-house and his book and talk proved very popular with everyone there!

Todd Tarbox

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

We recently caught up with author Todd Tarbox, author of ORSON WELLES AND ROGER HILL: A FRIENDSHIP IN THREE ACTS.

He told us:

"As you may, or may not know, The Todd School for Boys was located in Woodstock, IL (sixty miles northwest of Chicago).  Recently I’ve been asked to speak at bookstore, Between the Lynes, in Woodstock later this month on the subject of Orson's five years at Todd and the emergence of his lifelong attachment to my grandfather.  A columnist for The Woodstock Independent, John Daab, wrote a generous piece about Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts and the upcoming book signing."
 
We are thrilled that Todd is going to be speaking at the store, and that he was given such a wonderful mention in the newspaper.  Here is more information if you would like to attend the signing:
 
Read Between the Lynes Bookstore
129 Van Buren St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
Tel: (815) 206-5967

The event takes place on 27th July at 2 pm.
Website: http://www.readbetweenthelynes.com/

If you are unable to attend, please go to our website for a copy of this fabulous book:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=orson&product_id=634

 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Quizmaster by Adam Nedeff

QUIZMASTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES AND FUN AND GAMES OF BILL CULLEN by Adam Nedeff

We are very happy to share with you an article that Adam Nedeff, author of 'Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen' has written for us about his book.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did:

Bill Cullen was a guy who fascinated me when I was just a tot. From a very early age, I was fascinated by game shows. Game shows were pretty much the only television I wanted to watch. And the crop of game show hosts at that time were guys like Wink Martindale, Pat Sajak, Jim Perry, John Davidson—handsome, middle-aged guys who strolled or ran onstage and flashed the camera a 100-tooth smile. And then there was Bill Cullen, a pleasant old man with thick glasses who stayed seated for the entire show. But he was a sweet old man and there was something about him that I just gravitated to as a kid.

            When I was a teenager, I began pursuing game shows as a hobby more fervently and I began learning about this Bill Cullen guy and was stunned to learn that he was always seated because he had been stricken by polio—standing up could be difficult for him. And when I first became familiar with him, he was in the twilight of his career, and it turned out that this nice old man that I remembered had actually been a pretty big star—New York's most popular disc jockey for six years, while at the same time, appearing regularly on the #1 daytime show on television, as well as two of the top shows in prime time television. That's an amazing career.

            And it turned out there was so much more to him than a good run in radio and game shows. He was a very multifaceted man and performer. He was a pilot, a mechanic, a writer, a sportscaster, a poet, a cook, a traveler...He lived only 70 years but managed to get about a century's worth of living out of that.

            And the best part was, he was liked and he in turn liked people back. The greatest reward of writing this book was the enthusiasm that his friends had for the project. I'm a new author, and when I approached the people he worked with about granting interviews, I fully expected a lot of “Who are you? What assurance do I have that this book is ever getting released?” None of that. All I had to say was that I was writing about Bill Cullen and they replied immediately and enthusiastically. This Bill Cullen guy was just revered and loved by everybody who crossed paths with him. Producers, directors, children of friends, and his wife; they were all so excited about this project, and many of them would speak to me for hours at a time. As much as I liked Bill, I was bracing myself for the discovery of a dark side, or an enemy or two. Nothing. Nobody had a cross word about him, and all of them shared memories of Bill as a man who never had a cross word about the people around him.

            That's what made this such a fun story to write. Life stories of people in the public eye can be so full of disappointment—the person was in television but really wanted to do movies, or there was constant bickering backstage, or a struggle with personal demons. Instead, what I discovered about Bill was that he loved his work and told anybody who listened that he had no desire to do anything else; he refused offers for acting jobs and newscasting jobs because he decided that “game show host” was exactly what he was supposed to be, and he was absolutely in love with the work. And for anybody who admires a performer, I think deep down, it makes us happy to know that they genuinely loved what they did.

            I think what readers will enjoy is discovering how much more there was to Bill. If he is remembered at all, he's the answer to a trivia question—Who hosted The Price is Right before Bob Barker? Game show devotees know him a little better, but even the most ardent admirer would be surprised that there's enough to cover more than 560 pages. I honestly couldn't have guessed that when I started this project. There's so much about him that's worth knowing, that's fun to know. And what I hope to accomplish with this book is to give him a legacy. Game show hosts tend not to be remembered or appreciated as much as other performers and broadcasters and there's no real reason that they deserve fewer accolades. It's just a strange twist of fate in show business. And among game show hosts, he was the best. Quite simply, I want to make sure he's remembered.

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Adam has very kindly allowed us to give you an exclusive excerpt from the book, which you can read below:


Bill had a fairly solid routine. He got out of bed at around 8:30 each morning and went through a pot of coffee while reading several newspapers and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle. He spent a few minutes on the phone, lining up bookings and appointments, and left at about noon, either going to a luncheon or going to the studio, depending on the given day of the week. He usually didn't get home until 11 pm, when Carol was usually out at a nightclub engagement. They only saw each other on the weekends, so they intentionally wouldn't leave the apartment. Into 1954, Bill had It Happens Every Day, Walk a Mile, and I've Got a Secret on his calendar. Remarkably, he wasn't done. Early in the year, he received a call from Ralph Edwards, the same producer who assured him that a man with a limp could survive in television.

            Edwards' offer involved a series he had created called Place the Face. A contestant was brought onstage and introduced to somebody from his or her past, identified only as Mister Face or Miss Face. The contestant had three minutes to ask yes-or-no questions to try to zero in on how they knew each other.

            There was one particularly unusual thing about Bill saying “yes” to Place the Face. Place the Face would be taping in Hollywood at the new CBS Television City complex. Bill was firmly rooted in New York. He agreed to commute by airplane once a week to host the live program.

            Why accept a job offer that involved such an intense travel schedule? Bill flippantly told The New York Times, “I was bored at the time the offer for the job came along. I hate a rut. I hate ruts and I hate to work. I'd hate to be an actor and have to rehearse three or four hours a day. But to get on a plane and fly to the coast—that's a lark.”

            The added challenge for Bill was that Walk a Mile and I've Got a Secret were still firmly anchored in their Wednesday night time slots, and CBS slotted Place the Face for Thursday nights. On Wednesday night, after I've Got a Secret faded to black, Bill headed for the airport. His flight each week departed at 12:30 a.m. He slept on the airplane and arrived in Los Angeles at about 6 a.m. Pacific time. He headed straight to the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he maintained a room, so he stayed in the same place each week. If he felt he hadn't slept enough during the flight, Bill would go to bed until 2 p.m. He then headed to Television City to prepare for that night's show. At 7:30 p.m., the show went on the air, with the east coast seeing it live at 10:30 p.m. In his first thirteen weeks as host of Place the Face, Bill logged almost 70,000 miles in the air.

            Everybody around him seemed genuinely amazed that Bill could tolerate this on a weekly basis. Bill likewise was amazed that everybody around him was amazed. He assured a reporter, “I'm getting a big kick out of it and I'm not auditioning for a nervous breakdown as some persons feared when I took on the west coast job...The secret is relaxation and liking to fly. I can sleep anywhere at the drop of a hat. I don't worry about my work. And I'm a nut on flying.”

Actress Joanna Gilbert is asking questions to Mister Face. Their connection is that he once kissed her, she reacted by punching him, but later kissed him back.
JOANNA: When I met you, was it under pleasant circumstances? Did I help you or did you try to help me?
BILL: Well, he tried to help himself.
JOANNA: Did it have anything to do with sports?
BILL: Oh, yeah, very sporty.
JOANNA: Oh! Did I kick you in a football game?
BILL: I'd hate to be kicked in my football game...After you met him, he saw the world through a dark cloud.
JOANNA: And I didn't kick him?
BILL: Well, unless you're an awfully high kicker or he was lying on the floor.

            Exhibiting a childlike enthusiasm, Bill brought out a clue, a T-bone steak (to suggest healing a black eye). He examined the steak playfully, and then held it up to the camera and showed it to the audience from all angles, revealing that it was a plain hunk of wood, painted to look like a steak. He cheerfully showed that the reverse side hadn't been painted and even pointed out where the word “t-bone” had been scribbled in pencil.

            Bill took an active role in the preparation for Place the Face. For many rehearsals, he would help the producers coach Mr. or Miss Face about how to give the prepared spoken clues for the game. For the contestant's benefit, most of the time, the show prepared eight written clues for Mr./Miss Face to recite during the game, telling them to keep an eye on the three-minute clock throughout the game and give clues at different specified times. One week, guest Pat O'Brien was going to be brought in to guess the identity of an eighty-two-year-old Irishman who worked as a custodian for the Blarney stone. Bill spent several minutes coaching the man on the exact phrasing of each clue, which words to emphasize, and most importantly, the precise times to announce each clue. When air time rolled around, Pat O'Brien came onstage, Bill introduced Mr. Face, and the jittery custodian nervously took a deep breath and rattled off all eight clues in a single declaration, allowing O'Brien to guess his identity in a matter of seconds. Bill had to spend about three extra minutes ad-libbing and talking to the camera to fill out the half-hour show that night.

            As an added benefit to hosting Place the Face, Bill made new friends. He became fond of a young up-and-coming comedian, Johnny Carson, who did his own fair share of traveling and, like Bill, kept a regular room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Bill saw a different side of Johnny during those weekly excursions to California. Viewers at home saw Johnny as the coolest man in the room; a witty, confident, smart guy. Without an audience to perform for, Johnny was aloof, socially awkward and shy. When they crossed paths at the hotel, Johnny would routinely ask Bill to join him at the bar for a few cocktails to help him relax.

            Bill also hit it off quickly with the announcer for Place the Face, Jack Narz, a barrel-voiced Kentuckian who had made a name for himself in Los Angeles as a commercial pitchman (Prom Home Permanents) and children's show host (Space Patrol). In a matter of years, he'd be an established and popular game show host himself, with titles like Dotto, Video Village, Beat the Clock, and Concentration under his belt. On Place the Face, he usually delivered his commercials for Prom home permanents on camera, and he and Bill would engage in friendly words before the commercial.

BILL: Narz! What in the world are you pacing up and down for?
JACK: Not pacing. Prom-enading. Get it?
BILL: Welcome to another performance by the Corn Cobblers. Should I Prom-pt you to say some words about Prom now?

            Jack discovered first-hand how far Bill was willing to go for a surprise if a friend was involved. Jack celebrated a birthday during the run of Place the Face. Shortly before the show went on the air, he invited Bill to come to his house for a small get-together afterward. Bill politely declined, explaining he had to hop on the plane and head back to New York.

            But then the show went on the air and Jack realized that the program was running very short. Bill called him onstage and Jack figured that Bill wanted to banter with him to fill some time. The show's live orchestra began playing “Happy Birthday.” Bill informed Jack that it was time for him to be a contestant on Place the Face, and out strolled a man holding a birthday cake. After some questioning, Jack figured out that the man with the cake had been his co-pilot during World War II.

            After the show ended, Bill hastily said goodbye and left, ostensibly to catch his plane. As Jack drove home with his old co-pilot, they noticed some blinding searchlights swirling around in the sky. Jack figured it was for some gas station having its grand opening. As he got closer to his destination, his jaw dropped. The searchlights emanated from his own front lawn, surrounding a large billboard with his smiling portrait across it. Bill was waiting and hiding inside; he had left in a hurry to see Jack's reaction from the best seat in the house.

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And here is a wonderful trailer to tell you more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBZuDsme8qA&feature=youtu.be

Friday, July 5, 2013

New Book - The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time

We have recently published THE GREATEST BAD MOVIES OF ALL TIME by Phil Hall

THE GREATEST BAD MOVIES OF ALL TIME by Phil Hall

These are the films that inspire wonder-you are left wondering how seemingly intelligent people could gather together and spend money to create such bizarre productions.

From A-list atrocities to Grade-Z zaniness, 100 of the most wonderfully warped anti-classics have been gathered together for this celebration of cinematic kookiness.

Relive the jaw-dropping spectacle of John Wayne as Genghis Khan, Halle Berry as Catwoman, Jack Palance as Fidel Castro, and Jerry Lewis as a Gore Vidal-inspired extra-terrestrial.

Sing along with a naked Anthony Newley, tap your toes to a "Pennsylvania Polka" dance number in the middle of an unauthorized remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, watch a suicidal Elizabeth Taylor run amok in Rome and
appreciate Coleridge's poetry with topless women.

Hook up with Edward D. Wood Jr., Phil Tucker, Tommy Wiseau and their peers in the so-bad-they're-good genre, and marvel at how cinema royalty including Stanley Kubrick, George Cukor, Michelangelo Antonioni and Clint Eastwood could conceive celluloid debacles of an unprecedented scale.

When it comes to shock and awe, nothing compares to The 100 Greatest Bad Movies of All Time.

 
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Book - I Have Hundreds of Stories, Some of them True

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of I HAVE HUNDREDS OF STORIES, SOME OF THEM TRUE by Russell Garcia.

I HAVE HUNDREDS OF STORIES, SOME OF THEM TRUE by Russell Garcia

Here is what others are saying about the book:

“If you have read any of this book, you can see that Russell Garcia has had a wonderful career. He attributes the wonderful life and sensational good luck he and his wife Gina have had because of their goal: Dedicating their life to trying to do their share in building a beautiful, happy, peaceful, world for the people of every race, religion, and country.  Everyone should read this book. It has, as well as fabulous stories about so many famous stars, the answers to a lot of the problems we have in today’s insane, mixed up world.”  - Larson Craig, writer

“What a great book.  Russ’s stories of his 70 years in the Music Business are personal, unique, very interesting, full of laughs and certainly worth reading.” - Quincy Jones,  Composer, Producer, Arranger, Conductor

"What a life! Russ gives us a condensed account of his life, his work, and his beliefs. He manages to find humor in some unlikely situations, and his music and lovable personality endeared him to many."  - Bill Holman, Leader of the Bill Holman Band


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review - You Won't Believe Your Eyes


Rod Lott has reviewed YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOUR EYES by Mark Thomas McGee and R J Robertson.

YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOUR EYES by Mark Thomas McGee and R J Robertson

Here is a snippet of what he says on the Bookgasm site:

"For the BearManor Media paperback, McGee’s co-writer is lifelong friend R.J. Robertson, who — we learn in the introduction — died two decades ago. That means much of the contents are older than that (McGee even mentions forgetting they wrote this until it was found in the garage), yet you wouldn’t know it, because invasions of saucer men, atomic submarines, incredible shrinking men and beasts of Hollow Mountain are timeless."

You can read the full review here:
 
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New Book - The Barclay Hotel

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.


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New Book - Quizmaster

We are happy to announce the forthcoming release of QUIZMASTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES AND FUN AND GAMES OF BILL CULLEN by Adam Nedeff.

QUIZMASTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES AND FUN AND GAMES OF BILL CULLEN by Adam Nedeff

Question: What do Bob Barker, Dick Clark, Pat Sajak, and Alex Trebek have in common?

Answer: Bill Cullen hosted more game shows than all of them combined. And all of them have referred to Bill as the best game show host of all time.

Quizmaster: The Life & Times & Fun & Games of Bill Cullen is the remarkable story of a “a kid with polio” who became a mechanic, truck driver, photographer, pilot, disc jockey, and the finest master of ceremonies that a game show could ever have.

ADAM NEDEFF is a freelance writer originally from Vienna, West Virginia, now residing in Glendale, California. He is also the author of the four-volume set This Day in Game Show History.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bill Levy

BearManor author Bill Levy recently wrote an article for Classic Images Magazine, which he has very kindly shared with us here.
 
My name’s Bill Levy.  I’m a retired special education teacher who, in his sixties, is experiencing some success in writing.  Within the last year, I self-published a book on my favorite author, Nevil Shute, (Beyond the Beach: The Wit and Wisdom of Nevil Shute)and also published a book for BearManor on film director John Ford’s stock company of actors and actresses (Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company).  For more information on these books, go to my website, ww.BillLevyShares.com
LEST WE FORGET: THE JOHN FORD STOCK COMPANY by Bill Levy
                My two biggest weaknesses as a writer are that (1) I write in just about every genre imaginable and (2) rejections floor me.   I’ve written poetry, children’s stories, song lyrics, a humor column, a screenplay, short stories, a novel, book reviews, columns on films, and a bio-bibliography.  When the rejections occur, I usually pull back for a while.

But I never quit.  I’m a plodder and I keep trying.  I try to be like Joshua Chamberlain’s Maine soldiers in the movie Gettysburg: STUBBORN! 

Previously, I had published a research book for Greenwood Press on the film director, John Ford titled John Ford: A Bio-Bibliography.  I also wrote a regular humor column, “Levy’s Wry,” for New Jersey’s The Daily Record, published many movie-related columns and puzzles for Movie Collector’s World, and have written my “Forgotten Gems” column on overlooked films in New Jersey’s senior periodical, Fifty Plus, since 2001.  However, my screenplay, The Battle of Adobe Walls, written with Frank Fredo, my novel, Beyond Robin Hood: A Novel of Errol Flynn, and countless stories and book proposals have received rejection notes. 

                The Shute book took me twelve long years to publish.  I had been trying to publish the John Ford stock company book for years, but never gave up. 

My friend, the folk singer David Roth, has a song, “If You Can’t Fly,” with the following inspirational lyrics in the chorus that have so often helped me get through and past the rejections:

If you can’t fly, you can run; if you can’t run, you can walk

If you can’t walk, you can crawl; that’s the beauty of it all

If you can’t crawl, you can roll; keep your eyes upon your goal

You have your place in the flock; if you can’t roll then you can rock
 
 
 
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