Sunday, February 28, 2010

Barbara Payton

Artist Jim Lutes took inspiration from John O'Dowd's Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbarra Payton Story and created the stunning portrait below of Barbara. It is now being shown in 2010 Whitney Biennial in New York.

Sometimes our books touch people more than we know!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

An Audio Treat!

SHOKUS Radio has been running a delightful interview with Bob Hope gag writer Bob Mills all week long, and now you can hear it yourself via computer at . The download is done via the checkout procedure, but it's free. Enjoy!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Something To Look Forward To

Today Verna Felton is most remembered for the voice characterizations she created for six Walt Disney features, but this biography reveals a varied career spanning sixty-five years. Twice nominated for an Emmy, Verna endeared herself to TV audiences of the 1950s as Hilda Crocker on Desilu's December Bride. Before that, she was in constant demand as a radio voice artist, supporting the likes of Jack Benny, Judy Canova, and Red Skelton. Fredrick Tucker chronicles her rise to fame, from phenomenal child actress to her final quarter century as one of Hollywood's most beloved character actresses. The book also features an abundance of rare photographs and several appendices, including a never-before-published episode guide for December Bride.
Over 700 pages! ..... Coming soon!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Playback Review

This review of Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr.'s book is all over the internet:

Read the book yourself and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Those Lucky Folks at Williamette Oaks!

Lon Davis is not only a very gifted author and historian, but he also shares his knowledge with the retirement community at Williamette Oaks in Eugene, Oregon. He has scheduled 2 screenings in April:

"Love and Laughter: 1917-1924" for April 3rd, is described as "We open the 2010 public Silent Film season with 3 short films, each featuring live piano accompaniment by Willamette Oaks resident Mary Griggs. In the first film, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle stars as a smitten country boy in Love, a hilarious two-reel farce from 1919; our second presentation has Felix the Cat trying to prove his courage in the cartoon Felix Finds ’Em Fickle; and in our final showing of the day, Gloria Swanson is tied to the railroad tracks by Wallace Beery in the 1917 Keystone satire Teddy at the Throttle. (75 mins)"

Then, on April 17th, he'll give a showing of "The Family Secret" (1924), with special guest Diana Serra Cary (Baby Peggy). Here's how this one is described: "Baby Peggy Montgomery was one of the two most popular child stars during the silent film era (the other being Jackie Coogan). Now in her nineties, Baby Peggy—for many years known as Diana Serra Cary—is a respected historian of this art form. She will be our special in-house guest for a screening of her 1924 comedy-drama, The Family Secret. This is your opportunity to meet one of the last surviving silent film stars, ask your questions, and hear first-hand her childhood experiences during the infancy of the silver screen. She will also be signing copies of her critically acclaimed autobiography, What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy? (90 mins)"
To learn more, see Way to go, Lon!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lonnie's Hit the Ground Running

This Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. west coast, 6 p.m. east coast, an interview with Lonnie Burr will be aired live over Neal Ellis' "Radio Once More" website

ALSO: His latest print interview is posted at: [Lonnie has an MA in Theatre Arts at UCLA at 20, and is part of UCLA Film and TV Archives, who have a copy of his memoir and MANY other items.].

His latest podcast, a 25-minute audio interview, is at

Lonnie's also up for the PBS show "Oregon Art Beat" in Portland, OR. No date has been set for that yet.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Annette Lloyd's One Busy Lady!

Now Annette Lloyd knows how to promote her book. Take a look at her schedule: two book signing events, one in late March at the Cinefest in Syracuse, NY, and the other in mid-April as she speaks at the Sons of the Desert event in Trumbull, CT. Good going, Annette! We hope you sell lots of books.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Eddie Cantor, on the Economy

These are books from way back when, written by the great Eddie Cantor. BearManor Media is giving them new life!

CAUGHT SHORT: A Sage of Wailing Wall Street, by Eddie Cantor

The Great Depression was just beginning in 1929, when this 47-page booklet was first published by Simon & Schuster. In pure Eddie Cantor style, he describes life as it was then.

YOO HOO PROSPERITY: The Eddie Cantor Five-Year Plan

Originally published in 1931 by Simon & Schuster, this comic look at the woes of the Great Depression are suddenly very relevant again. It's a 56-page book that will lift your spirits like nothing else.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Interviewing a Pro

Our Johnny Olson biographer, Randy West, took part in a 2-hour radio interview Tuesday that has now been archived for 6 days on Previously, he did a shorter one that is excellent. It can be found at .

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


The Cinefest convention in Syracuse will take place from March 25th through the 28th; and our Martin Grams and Terry Salmonson will be there, along with some of our other authors, selling BearManor Media books. This site has more information:

Then from July 30th through August 1, the PulpFest 2010 will be in gear at Columbus, Ohio. The guest of honor is no less than esteemed author William F. Nolan. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Classic Images Remembers

Check out the very nice feature in the current issue of Classic Images magazine:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Big Day Planned Tuesday For Two Of Our Authors!

At 7:30 on Tuesday evening, February 16th, two of our authors will be promoting their fine books:

Ian Finkle will be at the Barnes & Noble on the corner of Broadway and 67th Street in Manhattan, across from the Lincoln Center. He'll not only be signing his book, entitled You're Not Supposed To Be Here, but he and his band will also be providing musical entertainment.

In the meantime, Suzanne Gargiulo will be interviewed over WSAV by Wes Britton about her book, Lon Chaney's Shadow. If you're out of range, no problem - you can listen to it on the 'net, beginning the next day, at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Locus Online's Favorites

Locus, The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field, has deemed Michael McCarty's book, Esoteria-Land, to be "Superior Achievement in Non-fiction." We tend to agree with them. Read it and tell us if you think so, too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What can you do with a history major?

Pursue whatever subject you're passionate about, and use that information to write books and make documentaries, that's what.

Our Lucky Stars author, Sarah Baker, was recently interviewed by Dr. John Fea of Grantham College, and here's the link:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Everything you ever wanted to know about Car 54, Where Are You?

You won't believe all the information that's packed into this book! It's got mini-bios of the principals, details about locations, cars used, merchandising, reviews, production challenges, publicity, writers, super details about each and every episode, and even (honest!) unproduced plot suggestions and outlines! Where did author Grams find all that? He bypassed the internet (which frequently has inaccurate information) and did his research in archived hard-copy sources. You can't get much better than that.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Those Were the Days!

Jim Harmon's classic on radio funnies is back - newly expanded! And check out its BearManor Media page:

Not only does it give you ordering information for this fine book, but there's also a video clip of a hilarious skit featuring Jack Benny, Marilyn Monroe, and Barbara Pepper.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Accolades in Classic Images magazine

Book critic Laura Wagner wrote this great review of Bride of Golden Images, by Eve Golden:

I think everyone knows of my love and respect for Eve Golden’s writing. The lady is seemingly effortless in her ability to pithily tell the life story of her subjects, a skill readers of Classic Images know well. BearManor Media has published Eve’s new Bride of Golden Images: Essays on Stars of the 1930s-60s Originally Published in Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age (BearManor softcover, $24.95). All of Eve’s profiles have been reworked by her for this new volume, and all are choice examples of her descriptive style: Jean Arthur, Warner Baxter, Constance Bennett, Joan Blondell, Jack Buchanan, Billie Burke, Ina Claire, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Dorothy Dell, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Dumont, Rosetta and Vivian Duncan, Jimmy Durante, Cliff Edwards, Peg Entwistle, Greta Garbo, Betty Grable, Charlotte Greenwood, Daisy and Violet Hilton, Judy Holliday, Phillips Holmes, Edward Everett Horton, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Helen Kane, Winnie Lightner, Ben Lyon, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Miller, Carmen Miranda, Marilyn Monroe, Renate Muller, Jack Oakie, Lyda Roberti, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, Inger Stevens, Sharon Tate, Thelma Todd, Judy Tyler, Lupe Velez, and Alice White.

I love how Eve brings together superstars, stars, and character actors. It’s a fascinating mix of people. When you read about Margaret Dumont, you always hear about her association with the Marx Brothers, so it was interesting here to see Eve’s more rounded profile of her, so we can appreciate her full career. Also, I was glad to see that Eve’s profiles on Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe were not corrupted by past reports on them. The Monroe write-up, in particular, could have sunk very low and relied on the junk that other writers have dished out about her. Eve, however, has her own agenda, and it’s a fresh, vivid one. I found myself enjoying a chapter about an actress that, frankly, I never cared for. And I was glad that Eve did not repeat the oft-told, but untrue, rumor that Crawford took care of ex-husband Franchot Tone when he was dying. It’s simply not true, and has been dispelled by Tone biographer Lisa Burks who interviewed his family for her upcoming biography.

Another intriguing aspect is Eve’s profiles on those performers, now pretty much forgotten, who died young without gaining fame: Dorothy Dell, Peg Entwistle, Phillips Holmes, Lyda Roberti, and Judy Tyler. These chapters are among my favorites because I appreciated Eve’s efforts to bring them some notice. Entwistle was the actress who famously threw herself off the Hollywood sign. But there was more to her than that, naturally, and Eve clues us in.....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Article from Flash News

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There are 117 episodes of The Brady Bunch, but not every story about The Bradys has been told.
Mike Pingel has penned The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy After All These Years (BearManor Publishing), a book featuring fun facts about the iconic ’70s series.

Pingel has visited the actual Brady house and says there’s no way a family of eight could’ve lived in the tiny home. It only has one bathroom, so the Brady kids would’ve been fighting endlessly. Pingel says that when the show filmed they weren’t allowed to show the bathroom toilet due to FCC rules. Its flush was only heard once onscreen.

Another Brady story: After the family’s TV dog, Tiger, died in real life, his doghouse remained on the set for the rest of the series. Turns out a light had fallen and made a huge hole on the Astro Turf, so Tiger’s house was used to cover up the damage.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

A look back at a unique television series where two young men named Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock travel throughout the country in a Corvette sportscar, encountering a variety of fascinating characters and meaningful experiences. Featuring commentary from the series stars, producers and directors, episode summaries, photographs and biographies.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Attention Old Time Radio Fans!

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN! THE NEW STORIES OF OLD-TIME RADIO, VOLUME ONE audiobook, Over 7 Hours of Entertainment! Now available at

1. Our Miss Brooks - "One Principal Too Many, One Principal Too Meanie" by Clair Schulz
2. Tom Mix - "Tom Mix And The Mystery Of The Bodiless Horseman" by Jim Harmon
3. Candy Matson YUkon 2-8209 - "The Japanese Sandman" by Jack French
4. The Clyde Beatty Show - "Perils of the Tiger Barn" by Roger Smith
5. The Green Lama - "The Case Of The Bashful Spider" by Bob Martin
6. Sgt. Preston of the Yukon - "A Call From the Storm" by Jim Nixon

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

From NitrateVille

“Otay!” The Billy “Buckwheat” Thomas Story

William Thomas, the man known as “Buckwheat,” one of the most beloved characters in the history of the Our Gang and Little Rascals films, rose from obscurity to become an American icon. Billy’s heritage grew to be more than the ninety-three comedies in which he appeared as Buckwheat. He was a husband, father, and soldier. Several generations have come to know Buckwheat as if he was a real person, but few knew Billy, the man behind the myth.

In “Otay!” The Billy “Buckwheat” Thomas Story, William Thomas, Jr., Billy’s son, joins with acclaimed author David W. Menefee to brush back the sands of time and unearth the facts beneath the fable. For the first time, the true story is told how producer Hal Roach, Sr. plucked three-year-old Billy from hundreds of children and raised him on a pedestal before an adoring public. For a decade, Billy was the most prominent Black American in motion pictures, but World War Two brought an end to the famous comedy series and a halt to his film career. Billy went on to live a private, nearly normal life, married, fathered an adorable child, and then answered the call to arms and enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War. Years later, imposters attempted to steal his limelight, but Billy forgave the offense with his characteristic, childlike good humor.

In an era when most Black American actors were struggling to gain a foothold in Hollywood, Billy achieved a lasting legacy. Enjoy the timeless tale of a baby superstar, who once shown brightly on movie screens during Hollywood’s “Golden Years” and still fascinates audiences today.

David W. Menefee is the author of:
Sarah Bernhardt in the Theater of Films and Sound Recordings (Mcfarland 2003)
The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era (Greenwood/Praeger 2004)
The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era (BearManor Media 2007)
Richard Barthelmess: A Life in Pictures (BearManor Media 2009)
George O’Brien: A Man’s Man in Hollywood (BearManor Media 2010)
“Wally” The True Wallace Reid Story (BearManor Media 2010)

Published exclusively by BearManor Media

Bruce Calvert

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tune in on Tuesday

Ron Masak, author of I've Met All My Heroes from A to Z and the sheriff on Murder She Wrote, will be interviewed on Tuesday morning on News Talk 1110 WBT in Charlotte, NC. This will take place at 8:30 on the west coast and 11:30 on the east coast. This station has live streaming on-line at