Monday, March 31, 2014

ICON: THE LIFE, TIMES, & FILMS OF MARILYN MONROE

Thanks to Gary Vitacco-Robles who has shared with us some photos from his book launch party.  I'm sure you'll all agree that they are wonderful.  'Icon' is our bestselling title this month, so if you haven't bought your copy yet, what are you waiting for?  You will find the link here:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=747

And the 'Icon' FaceBook page is here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/320861117940379/






Friday, March 28, 2014

New Book - This Day in Game Show History

We are proud to tell you that THIS DAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 365 COMMEMORATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS, by Adam Nedeff is now available in four wonderful volumes.

Game shows have more stories to tell than they have washers and dryers to give away. This Day in Game Show History is a remarkable four-volume set chronicling the best stories—on camera and off—and the most noteworthy milestones for every day in the year.

VOL. 1 (January through March)

THIS DAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 365 COMMEMORATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS, VOL. 1 (January through March) by Adam Nedeff


In this volume, you'll find out which long-running cable game show had to make new props after visible bloodstains became a problem...The film icon whose first job was testing the stunts for each episode of Beat the Clock...What lovable announcer started his career as a shock jock in Texas...Why Gene Rayburn showed up ten minutes late for a live broadcast of a game show...the legendary host who composed songs for Tammy Wynette and Ray Price...and lots, lots more!

VOL. 2 (April through June)

THIS DAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 365 COMMEMORATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS, VOL. 2 (April through June) by Adam Nedeff

In this volume, you'll find out which game show had to build a new set as part of a lawsuit settlement...What exactly a Sony ECM-51 is and how often you saw them on television...Which legendary newsman hosted more game shows than Bob Barker and Pat Sajak combined...the game show host who moonlighted as a voice coach for TV anchormen...which radio game show was briefly interrupted when a contestant went into labor and gave birth on the air...and lots, lots more!

VOL. 3 (July through September)

THIS DAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 365 COMMEMORATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS, VOL. 3 (July through September) by Adam Nedeff

In this volume, you'll find out which game show had a set so elaborate that it used four miles of electric wires...the game show host who was so nervous on his first day that he went thirty minutes without blinking...the game show Lucille Ball loved so much that she always kept a copy of the home game in her dressing room...the true identity of “The Walking Man” on Truth or Consequences...  which Seinfeld cast member was implicated in the 1950s quiz show scandals...and lots, lots more!
VOL. 4 (October through December)

THIS DAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 365 COMMEMORATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS, VOL. 4 (October through December) by Adam Nedeff

In this volume, you'll find out which game show used 50 gallons of whipped cream and 144 balloons per taping...the film star who credited The Hollywood Squares with launching his career...how a radio quiz show caused an outbreak of mumps among the New York Yankees...which game show host invented the first artificial heart...why Bob Barker personally disliked having beautiful women appear as contestants on his shows...and lots, lots more!

ADAM NEDEFF has experienced TV game shows from both sides of the camera. As a contestant, he has played Trivial Pursuit: America Plays, Catch-21, and Who's Still Standing? As an employee, he has worked for The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. He is a freelance writer and former disc jockey originally from Vienna, West Virginia, and now residing in Glendale, California.


You can find all four volumes (and also Adam's other book, 'Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen' here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=adam%20nedeff

New Book - The Western Movie Quiz Book

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of THE WESTERN MOVIE QUIZ BOOK by Graeme Ross.

ThE WESTERN MOVIE QUIZ BOOK by Graeme Ross

The Western Movie Quiz Book – Saddle up for 1250 questions and answers on the greatest movie genre of them all!

If you are a fan of Westerns, there are some things a man just can’t ride around, and The Western Movie Quiz Book is well worth a mosey. The Western Movie Quiz Book is an affectionate tribute to a much loved and enduring cinematic art form. With 1250 questions ranging from the very easy to ‘expert’ covering 125 subjects, the book is a comprehensive history of the Western. All the classic Westerns from over a century of movie making, as well as more obscure ‘oaters’ are covered, and the icons of the genre – the great directors, stars and locations are an integral part of the book. Subjects include Spaghetti Westerns, Comedy Westerns, Catchphrases, Good Guys and Bad Guys, as well as chapters on Wayne, Eastwood, Fonda and many others who helped make the Western the most loved film genre of all. The recent critical and box office success of True Grit and Cowboys and Aliens has demonstrated that there is still an audience for the Western, and with Quentin Tarantino’s entry into the Western canon Django Unchained, making the genre fashionable again, the timing of The Western Movie Quiz Book is perfect. With a foreword by Philip French, film critic of The Observer newspaper and author of Westerns: Aspects of a Movie Genre, a seminal history of the genre, The Western Movie Quiz Book will provide many hours of nostalgia, entertainment and escapism for quizmasters, movie buffs and anyone interested in the history of the Western movie. Happy Trails!  

About the Author
GRAEME ROSS was born in Greenock in the west of Scotland and has lived and worked in the area all his life. He served as a Firefighter in Greenock for thirty years and now works in the Scottish Football Museum at the home of Scottish football, Hampden Park. THE WESTERN MOVIE QUIZ BOOK is Graeme’s sixth book. His other works include histories of his local football (Soccer) club, Morton, and a Frank Sinatra quiz book. Graeme has also contributed many articles to newspapers and magazines such as The Sunday Times, The Scotsman and Mojo. He is a life-long movie fan with a particular love of the Western, and in 2003, Film Review featured his article celebrating 100 years of the Western movie.

You can order the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=752

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Stanley Dyrector

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

Stanley Dyrector will appear on the Doctor Carole Lieberman radio show on 19th March at approximately 1 PM.

For more information about Dr Carole, please go to her website:
 
And you can order SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST: CONVERSATIONS WITH PARTICIPANTS here:
 
 

Marilyn Monroe

ICON: THE LIFE, TIMES, & FILMS OF MARILYN MONROE by Gary Vitacco-Robles

We are happy to tell you that legendary journalist Liz Smith mentioned ICON: THE LIFE, TIMES, & FILMS OF MARILYN MONROE by Gary Vitacco-Robles in her column yesterday.  You can read it below:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-201403171630--tms--lizsmittr--x-a20140318-20140318,0,3990088.story

And afterwards why not go to our website and order the book for yourself:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=747

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Hardcover book - Fess Parker

We are pleased to bring you the hardcover version of FESS PARKER: TV'S FRONTIER HERO by William R. Chemerka.

FESS PARKER: TV'S FRONTIER HERO (HARDCOVER EDITION) by William R. Chemerka

Fess Parker grew up in Texas, served in World War II, and later became TV's incredibly  popular "Davy Crockett" and "Daniel Boone." After his film and TV career, Parker became a successful businessman, hotel builder, and vintner.

William R. Chemerka's authorized biography is a respectful tribute to an amazing man that features thoughtful recollections from Parker's family, friends, co-stars, and fans, and includes a number of never-before-published photographs.


You can order the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=751

Rondo Awards

We are thrilled that several BearManor books and authors have been represented in the Rondo Awards this year.  They are:

HORROR OF DRACULA, edited by Philip Riley (MagicImage, softcover, 180 pages, $24.95). Original Jimmy Sangster script includes production notes by Ronald Borst
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=horror%of%dracula&product_id=613

MANY SELVES: The Horror and Fantasy Films of Paul Wegener, by Henry Nicollela and John T. Soister (BearManor Media, softcover, 436 pages, $24.95). A look at 17 of the silent star’s films, including The Student of Prague and The Golem.
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=many%selves&product_id=676


STOP YELLIN’: Ben Pivar and the Horror, Mystery and Action-Adventure Films of his Universal B-Unit, by Thomas Reeder (BearManor Media, softcover, 572 pages, $32.95). A look at the obscure associate producer behind the Kharis mummy films, the Creeper and other 1940s Universals.
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=stop%yell&product_id=450

You can find full details on how to vote for these wonderful books on the Rondo website:
http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=32
Here is a statement from their website about how to vote, once you have seen the ballot:

All voting is by e-mail only.  Simply copy this ballot (cut-and-paste works fine, or type a list), and send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, May 5, 2014.

Friday, March 14, 2014

MILLENNIUM BILTMORE

MILLENNIUM BILTMORE by Ward Morehouse III

We are thrilled that MILLENNIUM BILTMORE by Ward Morehouse III has been given a terrific review on the Black Tie website.  You can read the review here:


You can order a copy of the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=746

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Michael Hoey


THE AMAZING 52-YEAR CAREER OF DIRECTOR NORMAN TAUROG

By

Michael A. Hoey

Norman Taurog is unjustly accused of directing most of Elvis Presley’s bad movies, but his detractors forget such other directors’ mind-numbing Elvis vehicles as Clambake, Easy Come, Easy Go, Harum Scarum, Frankie and Johnny and Kissin’ Cousins. Directorially speaking, all of Taurog’s Elvis films retain the same professional style as his earlier award-winning films. He wasn’t a celebrated director in the manner of a Hitchcock, Ford, or Wilder, but he was a top craftsman in his field. To this day Taurog remains the youngest director ever to win an Academy Award for his directing of 1931’s Skippy (which was also nominated for Best Picture), and he was nominated again for Boys Town in 1938 (which was also nominated for Best Picture), and in which Spencer Tracy won his second consecutive Oscar for his performance as Father Flanagan. To really appreciate Norman Taurog’s work you need to go back and examine the more than one hundred silent and sound two-reel comedy shorts, as well as the 78 feature films that represent his total handiwork over the length and breadth of his professional life.

Norman Taurog’s career spans virtually the entire history of films from the silent era to the Elvis Presley era. In less than eleven years, before celebrating his 32nd birthday, Taurog wrote and directed 102 two-reel comedies starring comedians Larry Semon, Lloyd Hamilton, Oliver Hardy, Lupino Lane, Bobby Clark, Jack Benny and W.C. Fields. Over the next 38 years he would direct such stars as Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier, Ethel Merman, Deanna Durbin, Alice Faye, Cary Grant, Kathryn Grayson, Van Johnson, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Eleanor Powell, Jane Powell and Spencer Tracy.
ELVIS' FAVORITE DIRECTOR: THE AMAZING 52-YEAR CAREER OF NORMAN TAUROG (SOFTCOVER) by Michael A. Hoey

 He did six films with Mickey Rooney, four with Judy Garland, two with Mario Lanza, six with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, two more with Jerry Lewis alone, and nine films with Elvis Presley.

He directed elaborate musicals such as The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935), Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940), Girl Crazy (1943) and Words and Music (1948); serious dramas including Skippy (1931) and its sequel Sooky (1931), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), Boys Town (1938) and its sequel Men of Boys Town (1941), Young Tom Edison (1940), and the story of the development of the first Atomic bomb, The Beginning or the End (1947); and contemporary comedies like A Bedtime Story (1933) with Maurice Chevalier, We’re Not Dressing (1934) with Bing Crosby and Carole Lombard, You Can’t Have Everything (1937) with Alice Faye and Don Ameche, The Bride Goes Wild (1948) with Van Johnson and June Allyson, Room For One More (1952) with Cary Grant and Betsy Drake, Bundle of Joy (1956) with Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and Onionhead (1958) with Andy Griffith.

And he did the majority of these films without the benefit of sight in his left eye. Taurog was a diabetic, who personally injected his dose of insulin every morning into his thigh, and eventually doctors informed him that he was suffering from nonproliferative retinopathy, a condition brought about by his diabetes. It was caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye; the vessels would swell and leak fluid, or in some cases abnormal vessels would grow on the surface of the retina. Years later medical science would develop laser treatments, if begun early enough, that would destroy the new blood vessels and seal off leaking ones, thereby halting the progress of the disease; but for Norman Taurog in 1941 the prognosis wasn’t encouraging, the condition was too far advanced for doctors to treat, and in all likelihood he would lose the sight of his left eye. When that eventually happened, Taurog took a deep breath, adjusted to using just his right eye to observe, and kept right on making films. And in all of the years that I knew him, until his condition worsened, I never noticed any compromise in the way he dealt with people or directed his actors.

There’s an old adage in the film business, “You’re only as good as your last picture,” and fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your taste in Elvis Presley movies, I wrote the screenplay for Norman Taurog’s last picture, Live a Little, Love a Little (1968). Norman was my friend and mentor and I worked beside him on each of his last eight films. We met just as my career was getting started and his was entering his final decade.  I was a young producer at Warner Bros. Studios in 1962 when he directed my first film Palm Springs Weekend (1963). For the next six years I worked side by side with him as a writer and idea man on every one of those eight films (five of them starred Elvis Presley) until his retirement in 1968. There were actually ten films, if you count the two short films that we made to raise funds for the building program at Harvard School for Boys, the semi-military prep school on Coldwater Canyon in Studio City, California, where his teenage son Jonathan was a student. I remained Norman Taurog’s friend until his death from cancer in 1981.

We would like to thank Michael for writing such an interesting introduction to his book, which you can order from our website:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Audio Book - BULLDOG DRUMMOND: A FULL-CAST AUDIO ADVENTURE

We are pleased to announce a new audio book - BULLDOG DRUMMOND: A FULL-CAST AUDIO ADVENTURE by H.C. McNeile, starring Ian Whitcomb.

BULLDOG DRUMMOND: A FULL-CAST AUDIO ADVENTURE by H.C. McNeile, starring Ian Whitcomb

HE'S BEEN CALLED the prototype for James Bond, the inspiration for Doc Savage, and the model for numerous pulp heroes.

He's BULLDOG DRUMMOND, wealthy World War I veteran who, "finding peace incredibly tedious, would welcome diversion. Crime, if of a humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential."
 
Here is a new full-cast audio version of the first instalment in the long line of Bulldog Drummond action adventures by H.C. McNeile.
 
It pits Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond against super-villain Carl Peterson, who plots to take over England and turn it into a communist country.
 
Joining Drummond in the rousing adventure – the action stretches from France to Switzerland to England – are Drummond's five stalwart comrades, as well as Peterson's gang of international anarchists.
 
Along the way, Drummond finds love, but must resist the wiles of one of British literature's most infamous femmes fatales.
 
BULLDOG DRUMMOND stars pop music icon IAN WHITCOMB, and features a cast of Hollywood's top voice actors.
 
Produced in full dimensional stereo, this five-hour adventure is enhanced with extensive sound effects and complete period music score. Plus special bonus tracks!
 
You can order from our website:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Andrew Lee Fielding

THE LUCKY STRIKE PAPERS: JOURNEYS THROUGH MY MOTHER'S TELEVISION PAST by Andrew Lee Fielding

THE LUCKY STRIKE PAPERS: JOURNEYS THROUGH MY MOTHER'S TELEVISION PAST by Andrew Lee Fielding has received a great review recently on writer Mitchell Hadley's blog, "It's About TV" (http://www.itsabouttv.com/).

 The link to the review is:  http://www.itsabouttv.com/2014/03/lucky-us.html
 
And you can order a copy of the book here:
 

 

Joe Martelle

RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS by Joe Martelle is now available on Kindle.

RADIO PRO: RADIO PROS & LEGENDS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO SUCCESS by Joe Martelle

You can order the Kindle version here:
http://www.amazon.com/RADIO-PRO-LEGENDS-SECRETS-SUCCESS-ebook/dp/B00GXALKFU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1394445302&sr=1-1&keywords=radio+pro

And the paperback version from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=joe&product_id=532

New Book - RULES TO DIE BY

We have recently published the latest book by Janette Anderson, entitled RULES TO DIE BY.

RULES TO DIE BY by Janette Anderson

Hell opened its doors and let the devil in.

“The effortless blending of colorful characters, intriguing relation-ships and suspenseful action are becoming the trademarks of Janette Anderson's novels.”           
-- Gary Daniels, Actor

“Add this to your list of guilty pleasures... great characters... Ms. Anderson's best work yet.”      
-- Joe Lando, Actor

“What a great take on one of the world’s favorite film and TV genres. Ms. Anderson tells a great story.”                         
-- Michael Paré, Actor

“An amazing story of love, devotion, and loyalty in a world where those things never come easily.”       
-- Lori M., Production Assistant

“It was an emotional journey writing this book. Close to the heart and based on the truth, a story to tell and it took a novel to do it, for I could not have written it as me.”                         
-- Janette Anderson, Author & Producer

Janette Anderson
Janette Anderson Entertainment

Additional Books:

Branson’s Country

Kane’s Hundred

Raising Kane

Kane:  Man of War

Kane Rising

Sons of the Father

Weapon of Choice


You can order the book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=749

New Book - AND NOW, BACK TO MANNIX

We are proud to announce the publication of AND NOW, BACK TO MANNIX by JoAnn M. Paul.

AND NOW, BACK TO MANNIX by JoAnn M. Paul

Fistfights.  Cars careening off cliffs and exploding.  Running on a bridge.  Dodging a helicopter.  The dune buggy roll.  Iconic convertibles.  Signature sports jackets.  17 Paseo Verde.  L.A. at its coolest—and then there was Peggy.  

For generations, throughout the world these have brought a smile to the face and a single word to mind—Mannix.
With such style up-front, the substance behind the character of Joe Mannix has been overlooked—until now.  

Mannix ran on CBS-TV from 1967-1975 during the Golden Age of Television, the last production of Desilu (the legendary studio owned by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) following Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. It was syndicated in over 70 countries during its first run, won Golden Globe and Emmy awards, and innovated the concept of the personalized crime-fighter.  Star Mike Connors, who embodied his alter ego, wanted Joe Mannix to have emotion, a departure from type. 

And Now, Back to Mannix is not a TV log book, or even a behind the scenes book, but a behind the myth book, making the case that some TV characters have singular power to make societies and individuals better, interspersed with discussion of the richness of character, symbolism, and scenes in the series. 

The book includes a Foreword by Mike Connors and a Prologue by David Breckman, writer and co-executive producer of the highly successful USA series, Monk

JoAnn M. Paul, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.  Her childhood hero was shot, drugged, poisoned, beaten, tortured, and dumped down hillsides to be left for dead.   Nothing could have prepared her better for life.

You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=748

New Book - Icon: The Life, Times & Films of Marilyn Monroe

We are proud to announce the publication of ICON: THE LIFE, TIMES, & FILMS OF MARILYN MONROE by Gary Vitacco-Robles.

ICON: THE LIFE, TIMES, & FILMS OF MARILYN MONROE by Gary Vitacco-Robles

Goddess...Legend...Icon...

You thought you knew her...but never before like this.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) survived a childhood marked by abuse, neglect, & chaos to become a psychological, cultural, & spiritual phenomenon of the Twentieth Century. Her remarkable life, brilliant film career, & posthumous legend have been deconstructed in over 600 biographies.

Psychotherapist & author Gary Vitacco-Robles reframes & redefines the fascinating woman behind the iconic image through an analysis of her psyche and an appreciation of her film & stage performances. After a decade of meticulous research, Vitacco-Robles offers a treasure trove of facts comprehensively documenting each year of Monroe's inspiring life within the context of her tumultuous times & through her relationships with literary, entertainment, & political figures.

Monroe is resurrected a half-century after her tragic death in this detailed & sensitive biography which intelligently explores her passionate desires: to be loved, become a serious actress, & have a family.
Based upon interviews, diaries, & personal files--and void of sensationalism--Icon: The Life, Times, & Films of Marilyn Monroe dispels many myths & reveals the ultimate truth about Hollywood's most charismatic, beloved, & enduring star.

You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=747

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mary Ann Anderson

THE HITCH-HIKER is scheduled to be screened on Sunday April 6 at the Egyptian Theatre at part of NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD.  BearManor author, Mary Ann Anderson will be at the event, talking about director Ida Lupino and signing copies of her book, The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated.  Please pop along and if you're in the area.

MAKING OF THE HITCH-HIKER, ILLUSTRATED, THE by Mary Ann Anderson

If you can't make it to the signing but would like to purchase your own copy of Mary Ann's book, please visit our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=mary%ann&product_id=723

You can also buy a copy of Mary Ann's book IDA LUPINO: BEYOND THE CAMERA  here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=mary%ann&product_id=442