June 30, 11am: Carleton Carpenter (The Absolute Joy of Work) at N.Y. Film Forum
July 5: Dorothy Dale Kloss and Ken Prescott (Two for the Show) on TV's FOREVER YOUNG (NBC)
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.
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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After so many unappreciated interruptions this week, I finally was able to have enough time alone to fully concentrate on this wonderful book and finish reading it. I enjoyed every page of it! It taught me so much about not only Miss Rae's life, but about life in general - about how important it is to keep a positive attitude and appreciate the good people in this beautiful world. As the mother of an autistic son, I fully identified with her struggles with dear Andy. They gave him the best life they could, and he brought much joy to her life. Her other son Larry has grown into a very fine man who, like his parents, does what he can to make a positive difference in others' lives. I highly recommend this book to one and all.
"I think this is a terrific book. Hayward destroyed everything and a profile was created out of bits and pieces. I got to know Hayward from this book. I discovered Louis Hayward as sweet, kind, tempermental, talented , generous, well-grounded, bi-lingual, eager to engage real people and discuss things other than movies. A music lover, bi-sexual or bi-curious, sad, lonely, adaptable, good business man, married badly, married well. He was deeply loved by Jane Russell and Peter Cushing... who knew before this book!
The essential guide for understanding how the overlap of movies and literary promotions: All who love classic cinema, and the genres of mystery and horror, recognize Thomas Mann as the first scholar to comprehensively explore the dynamics of book and magazine publications as a form of movie promotion. Mann combines the skills of a sleuth and career librarian (at the Library of Congress) with the enthusiasm of a true cineaste to reveal how the separate media of movies and publishing intersect. A follow-up to the equally essential Horror and Mystery Photoplay Editions and Magazine Fictionizations: The Catalog of a Collection (McFarland, 2004).
Charlotte has written an amazing book. She is so honest and open. It is everything you want from a star's life story. She was kind enough to come on the Red Room podcast and talk about her story and her book. The link is below on this site. Read her book and listen to our interview. Charlotte is just about as sweet and kind as they come. Great job.
Being a huge fan of comedy, I went through this in record time. It contains wonderful interviews of our comedy favorites, from the 1940s to the 1980s, and ends each one with a where-are-they-now update. Finishing volume 1 this evening, I've now begun reading volume 2. They're great reads!
The authors of this book did a great job researching the weirdest kill scenes in horror movie history. The book is well written, entertaining, humorous and fun to use a reference when I am looking for a wild horror movie to watch on a Friday night. The photos and illustrations are great too. I highly recommend this book if you are a movie buff!
I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people author Adam Nedeff was able to interview and what a fabulous book resulted. While it is a fine tribute to an amazing man, it's also realistic about his foibles. It's not often that a book of this thickness keeps me eagerly reading every single word. Bravo! Job well done!
This is a really gripping book, a love set story set against the complex historical context of the Second World War in the Balkans, alternating with London in the 1970s. The characters are very engaging, their ideologies and psychologies heightening the storyline. A compelling read!
As a character actor in film and television, Albert Salmi had a prolific and distinguished career. The son of immigrants from Finland, he grew up in Brooklyn and trained at the famed Actors Studio. Salmi made his first mark in the theater in William Inge’s BUS STOP. Biographer Sandra Grabman combines Salmi’s unpublished memoirs with her extensive research to explore his devotion to his craft, his memorable life, and, finally, the murder-suicide that ended it all. This is an exceptional treatment of a unique story.
This book is has many elements: suspense, humor, tragedy, mystery, and great character and plot development. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. Fine writers, that Kotar and Gessler team!
“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
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“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
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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
“You celebrate the obscure but worthy foundation that is our entertainment. Where else could you find books about Fibber McGee and Molly, Laurel and Hardy, Underdog, The Brady Bunch, the classic Universal Monsters? BearManor celebrates a time when there was real entertainment, not the fake reality junk that passes as entertainment today. I love reading about those days, and am glad that these books exist to inform us, entertain us, and celebrate a better time in America's culture! God bless BearManor Media!” -Mike Bennett
“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