Behind-the-mike voices tell the inside story of the wonderful years when radio brought new meaning to the term "home entertainment. "From Orson Welles to Amos 'n Andy, Burns and Allen and Superman, here is a virtual oral history crammed with fascinating detail and exclusive first-person anecdotes. Illustrated with rare photos, this is s perfect ...
Behind-the-mike voices tell the inside story of the wonderful years when radio brought new meaning to the term "home entertainment. "From Orson Welles to Amos 'n Andy, Burns and Allen and Superman, here is a virtual oral history crammed with fascinating detail and exclusive first-person anecdotes. Illustrated with rare photos, this is s perfect gift for all radio, Americana, and nostalgia buffs. 130 b&w photos.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-09-29 Maltin, best known for his appearances on Entertainment Tonight and his books on movies, here travels back in time to present a delightful, heavily illustrated history of radio up to the time that TV ended its Golden Age, from the '20s to the '50s. He seemingly covers all the bases from the writers to the actors, to the musicians and the Hollywood stars who were so much a part of radio culture. With personal reminiscences from such actors as John McIntire, Parley Baer, Gale Gordon and Jeannette Nolan, the reader gets the feel of old-time radio. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, coauthors of Inherit the Wind and Auntie Mame, remember their salad days as radio writers; Norman Corwin recalls the terror of conceiving a weekly radio scriptĉand waiting for the Muse to arrive with an idea; actors reminisce about Dragnet starring Jack Webb; and Gale Gordon remembers being the highest-paid performer on the airĉat $15 a show. Every job in radio was important: from the soundmen to the announcers (such as Harry Von Zell and Don Wilson) to the comedians (from Bob Hope to the extremely popular Amos `n' Andy, which was performed by white actors). A lively and informative history that rekindles fond memories. Movie & Entertainment Book Club selection. (Oct.)
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