Tuesday, August 12, 2014



THE STARS COME TO THE MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION
Goldfinger, eat your heart out! I'm getting my picture taken with James Bond (George Lazenby), and then Piper Laurie and Lee Meredith.

   


According to the event producers, the stars who say they are planning to attend also include Shirley Jones, Patty Duke, David Hedison, Celeste Holm, Marsha Hunt, Ed Asner, Julie Newmar and many others. Take your largest autograph book and pray your pen has enough ink.

We hope that our authors who are signing books there, Sandra Grabman, Michael J. Hayde, Joe Martelle, Michael Hoey, Scott Allen Nolen, Jim Rosin, Martin Grams, Jr., and Linda Alexander, will get their pictures taken with all of them. They will be among more than 2,200 people coming to see the films, the stars, and our authors. 

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is a three-day festival held inside the Hunt Valley Wyndham. Here, you can watch dozens of screenings of vintage movies, world premiere documentaries, Hollywood celebrities posing for photos and signing autographs for fans, slide show seminars from authors and historians, over 200 vendor tables with retro merchandise, antiques, and collectibles. 
The event is a non-profit three-day festival that benefits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For more information visit the convention website at www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.com, or
OUR ANNUAL KINDLE EDITION SALE

FINAL WEEK!


ONLY ON AMAZON.COM, OUR KINDLE EDITIONS ARE ON SALE NOW THROUGH AUGUST 15!
Yes, it's true. Nearly 200 BearManor Kindle edition e-book titles are on sale only on Amazon.com for a few more days. Your last chance this year. Regular $9.95 editions are just

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Here's just a few of our most popular titles you'll want in the $3.49 Kindle editions that are on sale only on Amazon.com right now during the final week of our sale:


  

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2014 TOP GROSSING ACTRESS SALARIES

I wonder, Do they buy $3.49 Kindle editions or do they only buy leather-bound, signed, rare antique First EditionsET Now reported on August 4 that "A" list actresses in American films are now earning more each year than you probably imagined. Granted that taxes, agents, business managers, accountants, plastic surgeons, psychiatrists, cosmetic dentists, publicists, hangers-on, ex-husbands, hair stylists and hair weavers, personal assistants, maids, gardeners, $400 per day body guards, and digital airbrush artists get their share, but still these figures are staggering:
 
Angelina Jolie $18 million
Cameron Diaz $18 million
Gwyneth Paltrow $19 million
Jennifer Aniston  $31 million
Jennifer Warren  $34 million
Sandra Bullock $51 million

To think that Mary Pickford's first feature-film contract paid only $500 a week! Even compensating for inflation, that figures only rises to $10,000. Her films are all still being shown, but we can't help but wonder if anyone will remember Jennifer Warren a century from now. Time will tell, right? In the meantime, we'd love to publish her autobiography or biography. (Are you listening, BearManor Media authors?)

That's why being immortalized in a BearManor Media biography is sooooo important! There is no past as long as books shall live. Here's just three of the truly great stars who have stood the test of time and have been immortalized in one of our books:

         


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AUDIO BOOKS HOT OFF THE MIKE

Speaking of great stars, have you noticed that those films and stars that are loved by each new generation keep coming back to the public in every new format that comes down the pike? Here's just a few of our recent contributions to the changing times with our audio books:



This is the audiobook version of Another Nice Mess, narrated by Jack de Golia.
This audio book is a downloadable 250 MB file in MP3 format. After you check out, we'll provide instructions on how to download this product.
Arguably the greatest comedy duo in show business history, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy delighted filmgoers and theatregoers for over thirty years. The public not only found Laurel's serene simpleton and Hardy's pompous buffoon hilarious, but they also thought of them as friends. Laurel and Hardy may have been nitwits, but they were loveablenitwits.
Another Nice Mess: The Laurel and Hardy Story explores the lives and careers of Laurel and Hardy. The book examines how the comedians teamed up and it explains why, nearly half a century after their deaths, their films continue to enchant people all over the world.
Raymond Valinoti, Jr.. is a resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ. He has a Master's in Library Science from Rutgers University and is a freelance researcher. His articles on film have been published in the magazines Midnight Marquee and Films of the Golden Age. He also writes film reviews for The Alternative Press.


Lloyd Nolan could play any character in any genre and was believable in every role. He was not acting; he was just real. He was Inspector Briggs in The House on 92nd Street and The Street With No Name. He was Dr. Swain in Peyton Place and, even as a bad guy, he was Lt. De Garmot in Lady in the Lake. Also, who can forget him as Dr. Chegley on television with Diahann Carroll in Julia? 

Nolan's off-screen life was just as remarkable. He was devoted to his autistic son Jay and, when young Jay died in an accident 2500 miles away, Lloyd channelled his grief into action. For the rest of his life, he did everything he could to better the lives of disabled people and their families, and such people are still benefitting from the resulting legislation today.

This is the story of the two lives of Lloyd Nolan--his prolific on-screen life that is so familiar to moviegoers and television fans alike, and his off-screen life that has positively affected many throughout the country. His was a true Hollywood success story of a role model extraordinaire!

This audio book is a downloadable 440 MB file (compressed) in MP3 format. After you check out, we'll provide instructions on how to download this product.
 
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A CLASSIC EDITION THAT CONTINUES TO GROW IN POPULARITY


On August 19, 1976, Ronald Reagan gave an impromptu concession speech entitled "A Shining City on a Hill" at the 1976 Republican National Convention and it was quickly called a "defining moment of the Reagan Revolution."


Because this upcoming August 19 is sort of an anniversary, the date serves as a shameless segue to highlight one of our most exciting fiction books. If you love a good mystery, this is the one to read this week: The Ronald Reagan Murder Case.

In Hollywood in January 1945, George Tirebiter, then a twenty-five-year-old radio star, discovers that the apparent murder of Ronald Reagan's movie double could have been an early CIA double-cross, fabricated by Bill "Wild Bull" Casey. Could the beloved ex-President actually be his own stand-in?

In a two-for-one format, Tirebiter also tackles a second case, following a long covered-up killer's trail back to 1920 and the scandalous death of a prominent silent film director. A popular nudist camp and a famous blue-movie figure prominently in the solution to this screen story, while the adventure involves cross-dressing, army intelligence, glamorous movie stars, and two live radio comedy broadcasts.


  
 
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THIS WEEK'S DRAWING FOR A FREE AUDIO BOOK 

Speaking of shameless segues, there isn't one in this article. The straight fact is that when you buy any BearManor Media product, you get your name placed in the fish bowl for our Weekly Free Book Drawing. If you're the lucky person chosen, we'll notify you promptly to visit our web site and choose from our current catalog.

THIS WEEK'S WINNER IS REID WILSON. Congratulations, Reid! You've just been contacted by BearManor Media to order your free book


The rest of us are going to visit our BearManor Media web site and make a purchase get our names in the bowl for next week's drawing. Good luck to everyone!  

Vist the BearManor Media web site right now.
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YABBA DABBA DOO!


Alan Reed, Sr. and his alter ego Fred Flintstone

This one is about another kind of drawing . . . we’re thrilled to announce that we've finally pinned down Alan Reed, Jr. to tell us the story of the behind the scenes of the life and career of his father, famous voice actor Alan Reed, Sr.

He has been one of the most-heard actors of the past hundred years. His radio work included the role of Solomon Levy on Abie's Irish Rose. He was the "Allen's Alley" resident poet Falstaff Openshaw on Fred Allen's NBC Radio show, and later on his own five-minute show, Falstaff's Fables. We heard him occasionally on Duffy's Tavern.We shared chills with him when he was heard as Shrevey the driver on several years of The Shadow. We laughed with him as Chester Riley's boss on The Life of Riley.

You may also recall his work on American TV series, such as My Favorite Martian, or as Mr. Swidler in Mickey, which starred Mickey Rooney. You also loved him as Boris the Russian wolfhound in Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp in 1955. Everyone in 1960 and ever since has adored Alan as the voice of Fred Flintstone, the role for which he is most famous.

We finally interviewed Alan Reed, Jr. recently and asked:

“Tell us about your famous Daddy. What was it like having a voice actor and icon as a father?”
Alan: Dad’s warmth and sensitivity, as well as his sometimes outsized personality, are the things I remember most fondly of him. His work as an actor made me very proud at a very young age, when I would hear him on the radio, and continued through the years when I would see him on television, in movies, and on the stage. Doing Fred on the Flintstones was probably the best use of his talent and made him and his family very happy right up to the end.
“Did you ever feel the urge to step into your father's footsteps?”
Alan: Sure did.  And I got to work with him a number of times in theater and television. He helped me get started when I was about fourteen, and I eventually became a regularly working actor until I transitioned into commercial production.
“What made your dad decide to write a book on his career?”
Alan: He had a huge store of memories, a good vocabulary, and a desire to set it all down. He took writing courses, and the chapters began as assignments.
“Why was it never published?”
Alan: He never finished it. With his health in decline, his interest faded.
“What are your favorite voices or shows or films of your father’s?”
Alan: Besides Fred, I really loved hearing him as Pasquale on the radio showLife With Luigi, particularly his interplay with the other characters and the live audience laughter. His role as Pancho Villa in Viva Zapata stays vivid in my mind, as does his sympathetic convict in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
“What do you think is the eternal appeal of The Flintstones?”
Alan: Probably the humor in the juxtaposition of contemporary family life with that of the Stone Age. 
“Did you meet any of The Flintstones cast or crew during your youth?”
Alan: Certainly. The amazing, multi-voiced Mel Blanc was a very nice guy. I once did a commercial involving a parrot and he graciously recorded the bird’s lines with all its sounds and squawks. Jean Van der Pyl, who was the last surviving of the original cast, was a family friend. She became close to my mother after Dad passed away. 
“If you had to choose the one most important thing you learned from your father, it would be . . . .”
Alan: Never give up.  Stay curious.  Be kind to your fellow man.


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Fred Flintstone: How can you be so stupid?
Barney Rubble: Hey, that`s not very nice. Say you`re sorry.
Fred Flintstone: I`m sorry you`re stupid.
Barney Rubble: I'm smart enough to know something you don't know.
Fred Flintstone: Name one thing!
Barney Rubble: The guy whose voice you use wrote all about you in his autobiography, and the e-book Kindle edition is one sale for the next couple of days 
on Amazon.com for $3.49. 
Fred Flintstone: Yabba dabba doo!
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TALK ABOUT STIRRING UP TUMBLEWEEDS 

 
Last week when we celebrated Westerns, a huge response stirred over the Jack Kelly story. Here's a little more information a lot of people wanted to know:
-He was born on September 16, 1927.
-He portrayed Bart Maverick in the television series Maverick from 1957 to 1962.
-He served from 1983 to 1986 as the mayor of Huntington Beach, California.
-His mother, Nan Kelly, had been a popular stage actress and John Robert Powers model.
-His sister, Oscar-nominated actress Nancy Kelly, was a prominent movie child star turned leading lady. (Remember her in The Bad Seed?)
-His film debut was in an unaccredited role in the 1939 biopic The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, opposite Don Ameche and Loretta Young.
-He played the gunfighter, cattleman, and bandit Clay Allison in the syndicated television series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis.
-He appeared in Forbidden Planet (1956).


Now, read the whole fascinating story of this incredibly popular American movie and tv star.   

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The Marx Brothers and I'll SAY SHE IS
There's a "new" show on The Great White Way that Marx Brothers fans must see after they get our Raised Eyebrows in either print, PDF, or AUDIO BOOK EDITIONS. 

   
On stage right now through August 24, I'll Say She Is is SRO for all Marx Brothers fans.  
  

I'll Say She Is was the the first Marx Brothers Broadway show. Its opening in 1924 was what finally put the team on the map after twenty years in Vaudeville. Their fans knew them, but not the highbrows. The show earned them there first major reviews by critics, such as Alexander Woolcott. Their increased visibility fit handily into topsy turvy Hollywood, which was going through chaos converting from silent movies to talking movies. The Marx Brothers were quickly tapped to transpose their comedy to talking movies. 

Unlike The Marx Brothers' The Coconuts and Animal Crackers, I'll Say She Is has never been revived since . . . until now!  The potpourri of sketches, combined with new material and songs by Will B. Johnstone and Tom Johnstone and dance numbers is one of the theater event of the year.

Cast lookalikes Seth Shelden, Robert Pinnock, Melody Jane, and Noah Diamond.
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PS: The show's producer and director,Travis S.D., should know all about what makes comedy tick. He's the BearManor Media author of Chain of Fools, Silent Comedy and It's Legacies, From Nickelodeons to YouTubeGet a copy now while they're hot.
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AUDIO BOOKS: HEARING IS BELIEVING 


We couldn't leave you today without asking whether you knew we had these popular titles out in AUDIO BOOK editions. These are great to hear while you're lounging by a pool during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, or right now while you're on the treadmill at the gym working off those extra pounds you got during the July 4th weekend so you'll be ready for a swimsuit during the Labor Day weekend. (Think about those photos that will pop up on Instagram and Facebook!) Get ready now. You'll need these.  Trust me.  
  
  
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PODCASTS:
The Voice Actor Show- 
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Lorie's Book Nook- 
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J-OTR Show- 
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Fred Frees Favorites- 
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The Lost OTR Show #1 & #2: 
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Audio Classics Archive: 
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What's Cookin' with Chef Steve: 
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The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention Interviews: Coming Soon!

The AUGUST 2014 BEARMANOR RADIO SCHEDULE:

Streaming 24/7 - ALL TIMES EASTERN

See the detailed playlist at 
http://www.waterlogg.com

11:00 am
The Voice Actor Show
with Joe Bev and guest Joe Alaskey
Blast from the Past: The Mel Blanc Show #1: Birthday Cards (09-03-46)

Noon
Lorie's Book Nook
with Lorie Kellogg and guest Jill C. Nelson the co-author of John Holmes: A Life Measured In Inches (New 2nd Edition)

Blast From the Past: The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The_Mystery of the Vanishing White Elephant, with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce (1945)

1:00 pm
The J-OTR Show
with Joe Bev
The Shadow Meets The Silhouette
Deathhouse Rescue (09-26-37)
The Silhouette Meets His Reflection (1986)

2:00 pm
The Lost OTR Show #1
with Joe Bev
A Date with Judy #3: Mother Runs Away (7-8-41)
Cisco Kid #24: Poet of the Prairies

3:00 pm 
Fred Frees Favorites
An Audio Book Sampler
3712 by Ben Ohmart, Performed by Fred Frees
Sons of the Father Chapter 1 & 2 by Janette Anderson, read by Mike Dennis

4:00 pm
What's Cookin'
with Chef Steve Mendoza
An interview with Bear Manor author Ian Finkel
Goat Cheese Paninis for National goat cheese month and Panini month
A tribute to Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia... and more...

5:00 pm
Audio Classics Archive
with Terry Salomonson
Tales Of The Texas Rangers # 2 The White Elephant with Joel McCrea (7/15/50)
Murder By Experts #10 Dig Your Own Grave (8/15/49)

6:00 pm
The Jazz-O-Rama Hour
with Joe Bev
Jumpin', Rockin' Jazz 78s
"Without Slim Gaillard, Louis Jordan and Roy Brown, there'd be no Little Richard, Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley," says Jazz-O-Rama host Joe Bev, who also voices Mr. Jazzbo, a 78 record during the music hour.

7:00 pm
Cartoon Carnival
with Joe Bev
Cartoon Carnival Goes to the Circus part 1
Himalayas Hinchliffe (Joe Bev) hosts an hour of Bugs Bunny, Popeye, and Bozo.

8:00 pm
The Lost OTR Show #2
with Joe Bev
Bulldog Drummond: Terror in the Circus (01-10-44)
Cisco Kid #25: The Innocent Rustler

9:00 pm
The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention Celebrity Interviews
2011: The Last Interview with Davy Jones (The Monkees, Oliver!)
Plus: Karen Valentine and Michael Constantine (Room 222)

10:00 pm
The Wurlitzer Organ Hour

*** Schedule replays 11:00 pm to 10:59 am ET.