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October 23: Ken Rotcop (As I Remember It: My Fifty Year Career As An Award Winning Writer, Producer and Studio Executive) on Mara Brown television show in Hollywood
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I love BearManor Media. They publish TV books that no publisher in their right mind ever would. Who else but BearManor would publish books about the western Temple Houston and the sitcom Good Morning World, two shows that barely survived for a single season each back in the 1960s? You could probably fit all the potential readers of those two books comfortably in a motor home for a dinner party. I’ve never seen either one of those two shows, but I still bought the books… another illustration of my raging, TV book addiction.
—Lee Goldberg

Author Ben Ohmart is also the proprietor of BearManor Media, which has launched an impressive series of books for film, radio and TV aficionados. He deserves our thanks and support. —Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian

 

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SOME KIND OF LONELY CLOWN: THE MUSIC, MEMORY, AND MELANCHOLY LIVES OF KAREN CARPENTER (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Joel Samberg

SOME KIND OF LONELY CLOWN: THE MUSIC, MEMORY, AND MELANCHOLY LIVES OF KAREN CARPENTER (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Joel Samberg

$19.95 $17.96

I've always enjoyed The Carpenters' music and wanted to know more about Karen, who left us way too soon. This book gives us a lot of information about her family dynamics, working relationships, friendships, short marriage, and the inner turmoil going on throughout that time. It also includes analysis of what made her music so special. Right after reading that part, I listened to a few of her songs and noticed certain aspects of them (mentioned in the book) for the first time. I think every Carpenters fan will find something of value in this book.

Sandy Grabman (26/08/2017)

4/5
MEL BLANC: THE MAN OF A THOUSAND VOICES by Ben Ohmart

MEL BLANC: THE MAN OF A THOUSAND VOICES by Ben Ohmart

$44.00 $39.60

I have read many things over the years about the wonderful Mel Blanc, but never in my life have I seen such a complete book about him as this one. With a lot of input from Mel's son Noel, the book tells us Mel's life story. But that's not all, folks. That's just half of the book. The other half consists of tributes and an amazingly long, long list of credits (430 pages worth, in fact). Yes, it's a long list because Mel did a whole lot more than we thought he did - radio, cartoons, short subjects, feature films, television, recordings - but it's also long because it gives some interesting information about each one. We're also treated to an Appendix, which consists of Mel's 1964 speech to the American Association of Advertising Convention in Omaha. Bravo, author Ohmart!

Sandy Grabman (21/08/2017)

5/5
HOLD THAT JOAN: THE LIFE, LAUGHS AND FILMS OF JOAN DAVIS by Ben Ohmart

HOLD THAT JOAN: THE LIFE, LAUGHS AND FILMS OF JOAN DAVIS by Ben Ohmart

$24.95 $22.46

I've seen the reviews on amazon about this book and was Very surprised at how good it really IS. I don't find it incomplete or nasty in the slightest. It's a very well-rounded book and I'm glad to have read it.

Gerald Spinner (17/08/2017)

5/5
RADIO, TV, MOTHER EARTH & ME: MEMORIES OF A HOLLYWOOD LIFE by Joel Rapp

RADIO, TV, MOTHER EARTH & ME: MEMORIES OF A HOLLYWOOD LIFE by Joel Rapp

$18.95 $17.06

This book is a fascinating journey through Joel Rapp's exceptional life. He comes from a show-biz family, and lent his writing talents to many of the shows I fondly remember from my youth - McHale's Navy, The Patty Duke Show, The Donna Reed Show, Green Acres, Gilligan's Island, The Lucy Show, you name it. Then, when one career fizzled out, another even better one took shape - Mother Earth. Through that venue, he met even more celebrities. What a life! This book is a very engaging memoir that you'll enjoy reading.

Sandy Grabman (14/08/2017)

4/5
SYLVIA SIDNEY: PAID BY THE TEAR (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Scott O'Brien

SYLVIA SIDNEY: PAID BY THE TEAR (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Scott O'Brien

$29.95 $26.96

Another well researched biography by Scott O'Brien with plenty of interviews, not only with the subject, Sylvia Sidney, but by those who knew and worked with her. End notes after each chapter provide source information and a complete filmography is also provided. I noticed an error on page 42 where actor Berton Churchill's name was spelled as Burton Churchill but otherwise, well done.

CJ Shank (17/07/2017)

4/5
BRADYPEDIA: THE COMPLETE REFERENCE GUIDE TO TELEVISION'S "THE BRADY BUNCH" (HARDCOVER EDITION) by Erika Woehlk

BRADYPEDIA: THE COMPLETE REFERENCE GUIDE TO TELEVISION'S "THE BRADY BUNCH" (HARDCOVER EDITION) by Erika Woehlk

$35.00 $31.50

Excerpted from Inside Columbia June 2017 p.33 Did you know…when the pilot episode of the cultural phenomenon “The Brady Bunch” aired, critics called it ludicrous, baloney and atrocious? …From author Erika Woehlk comes this irreverent reference guide to one of America’s favorite sitcoms. …her attention to detail is impeccable and the depth of research is impressive. With production notes, episode guides, trivia and more, she has compiled an impressive trove of information and arranged it in an easy-to-read…format. Peppered with fun facts and…thorough, extensively researched summaries, this handy guide has a lot to offer to both casual and hardcore fans. It describes many abandoned plot twists and deleted scenes, contains character histories, and even reveals what each member of the Brady clan is up to now. While Ms. Woehlk has done most of the legwork, if you want to know what Chief Eagle Cloud actually said to Alice at the Grand Canyon you’re going to have to read the book yourself!

Kimberly Small (13/07/2017)

5/5
THIRTYSOMETHING AT THIRTY: AN ORAL HISTORY (HARDCOVER EDITION) by Scott Ryan

THIRTYSOMETHING AT THIRTY: AN ORAL HISTORY (HARDCOVER EDITION) by Scott Ryan

$34.95 $31.46

Thirtysomething was a drama that I fell in love with while in my early 20's. It changed my life, ultimately I became a television director. It continues to be my favourite series of all time, so much so that I visited the set of Once and Again all the way from Australia, just to experience the Bedford Falls magic. It was a huge learning curve. This new book on the creation of an iconic television series is sublime. The format of the book perfectly reflects the collaborative style of this genius drama series.

Wayne O'Donnell (20/06/2017)

5/5
HOW IT HAPPENED (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Gary Clarke

HOW IT HAPPENED (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Gary Clarke

$19.95 $17.96

I just now finished reading this book, and laughed all the way through it. Gary has such a delightful writing style and a gift for story-telling. I love his sense of humor and appreciate his generosity in sharing his life story with us readers. Bravo, Gary!

Sandy Grabman (11/02/2017)

5/5
LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT: A NEW RECONSTRUCTION BASED ON CONTEMPORARY SOURCES (HARDCOVER EDITION) by Thomas Mann

LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT: A NEW RECONSTRUCTION BASED ON CONTEMPORARY SOURCES (HARDCOVER EDITION) by Thomas Mann

$24.95 $22.46

As London After Midnight is to the silent lost film realm, so truly is Thomas Mann's book the Holy Grail of reconstructing and analysing for us the very basis of the plot of the most famous and most sought-after lost film in cinema history! Mr Mann not only provides a highly-educated approach to the subject, but he also is solely responsible for re-discovering a long-forgotten document which illuminates on the confusing aspects of the plot and provides us with another step closer to understanding what the film actually looked like in 1927. Truly a triumphant read!

Daniel Titley (05/02/2017)

5/5
EDDIE GREEN: THE RISE OF AN EARLY 1900s BLACK AMERICAN ENTERTAINMENT PIONEER (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Elva Diane Green

EDDIE GREEN: THE RISE OF AN EARLY 1900s BLACK AMERICAN ENTERTAINMENT PIONEER (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Elva Diane Green

$21.95 $19.76

As an old time radio afficianado I bought this book to FINALLY be able to learn about Eddie Green's contributions to radio. This book did indeed fill that void, but more importantly it also showed me Eddie Green's contributions to the human race. I think we tend to view the past through rose coloured glasses and forget the levels of discrimination that existed. Eddie's story serves as an inspirational tale of how a good man may be hard to find, but is even harder to keep down. Through his own endeavors he succeeded in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles. And through it all he was a beacon of positivity for all. I finished this book in only 2 days, and it left me optimistic and sad at the same time. Optimistic that if Eddie overcame these obstacles thrown in his way, perhaps there is a hope that the racial division seen today may someday also be defeated by similar positivity, and sad that there wasn't any more of it to read.

Scott Scroggins (13/01/2017)

5/5

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“What I like about Bear Manor Media is that they have made accessible books about rare shows and forgotten actors and actresses that really deserve more recognition than they received.” -David Pierce

“My boyfriend and I are both avid readers, so naturally, the birthday gifts tend toward the literary and the musical, so what do I show him? More than a dozen pages printed off from your website with every book I want. Now, it's up to him to remember and come through! This same Wish List will be sent to my family members at Christmas, as well. That’s how much I love these books!” -Jami

“What I like about Bear Manor is probably the simplest thing you do . . . these newsletters, which are so much more than the usual PR fluff that publishers churn out. You clearly take your time to construct them, Ben, and they are genuinely informative.  I always make the time to open them up and give 'em a read.” -Gene Popa

“I'm not sure just one e-mail is enough to express how much I love the Bearmanor Media books! My boyfriend will confirm my frustration at not being able to find more of them at the library or even through Borders! They carry hardly any, and none of the ones I want! Among the Bearmanor Media books I've read are Bradypedia, Daws Butler Character Actor, Welcome Foolish Mortals The Life and Voices of Paul Frees, A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Hooneymooners: I Had a Life! by Jane Kean, Hold That Joan The Life, Laughs, and Films of Joan Davis, Bill Marx, The Story of Vic and Sade, and Spike Milligan. My Book Wish List is overwhelmed with Bearmanor books, and I look forward to your newsletters, as well, to see if anything else is coming out that I'd like to read (with a bit of happy trepidation, too, as it just makes my Wish List longer! Keep up the good work for all of us rabid fans of TV, film, radio, and animation!” -Jami Simon

“I like the variety of books on popular culture topics that would be obscure to most of the public.  I was especially impressed by The Thin Man Murder Over Cocktails. The authors show themselves to be very knowledgeable.” –Stu Shiffman

“BearManor Media is very unique,
They have nostalgic books for sale seven days a week!
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And not only are the books interesting,
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“As per your newsletter, I am writing to let you know how much I love Bearmanor Media! (And this would not be overstating it). I don't remember which book or books brought your company to my attention, but I have always been a TV/radio fanatic, so when I discovered your books and website, I was in hog heaven . . . When I discovered your company's books, it turned into one-stop shopping! The books are both entertaining and informative, plus bring back a lot of very nice and nostalgic memories. For a person like me, it's like a rock and a hard place—there are so many books that I want to read that I can't keep up as it is, and then every year you bring out more! I'm still looking forward to reading the books about Alan Reed, June Foray, Joe Alaskey, Here Come the Brides, Car 54, Johnny Olson, Verna Felton, and on and on! What can I say?  Your company rocks!” -Jami Simon

“I really enjoy the fact that Bearmanor Media is a haven for lovers of vintage TV, radio, and film stars, and truly has a vision for focusing on actors and actress and programming that has not been documented all that well, if at all.  Digging out the facts, logging the lists of programming dates, is a true dream for collectors of radio shows, old tv, and movies. The books on voice actors (often ignored by main stream media), such as Alan Reed, Paul Frees, Daws Butler, June Foray, and others, give tremendous insight into what makes a great cartoon or radio show and why they are memorable . . . it's the voices! The books dedicated solely to radio programming are second to none. I now collect on MP3 and use the books as reference guides. My two sons aged twelve and nine read everything I buy, so they can keep up with what dad likes! They want to top Dad in knowledge and trivia, and that makes me proud. Your pricing is very reasonable, and shipping is always quick and well protected. The weekly e-mails are wonderful because that way I don't miss any new releases. Holiday shopping at its finest!” -Roger Scales

“I love the diversity of subjects (radio, tv, movies and the people involved with them) and the ability to use them as easy resources, especially the Video/radio/show logs they are usually well-written and researched (especially by co-owner Martin Grams), and the covers are intriguing without being overdone. If I see one of your books from another source (bookstore, used bookstore, radio spirits), I am more likely to buy it based on reputation and experience of the author(s).” –Peter Hirschman

“I admire BearManor Media's uncanny ability to unearth long lost scripts. I've read all five radio script books (Baby Snooks, The Bickersons, and Sam Spade). Believe it or not, I prefer to read radio scripts on the printed page and hear it in my mind rather than through my ears. Another thing is the unfilmed Universal horrors (Dracula with Lon Chaney, Dracula's Daughter, Wolfman vs. Dracula, and Cagliostro). I don't have those yet, but once I get the money in these financially strapped times (which will be soon), I'll certainly buy them. Since these will never be filmed, they're just right for the movie theater in my mind. Thank you, BearManor, for digging up all of this treasure.” -Jonathan Bridge

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“I check your web site every week to see what’s new. You always are doing something interesting from the field of either old radio or television. I love both mediums. I like to be able to find books about stars that were just ordinary people that happened to be on the radio or old tv shows. So many people from the old radio programs would have been forgotten if you hadn't put books out about them or someone else from the show. So many of these people were on many different shows and later moved to tv. It’s just not always easy to pick them out, because the tv shows are so different from what they did on the radio. It’s great to be able to relive the times when life seemed to be easier.” -Dave Stover

“Still the best movie star books on the market! I love my classic stars and each new BearManor Media book helps bring back joyous memories for me.” -Herb

 

 

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