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ISBN-13: 978-1593930189 ISBN-10: 1593930186 Edition: large type edition

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media; large type edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593930186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593930189
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edgar Kennedy was my grandparents best friend when they grew up and all through theirs life.
Colleen Kelly
Mr. Cassara has done some painstaking research and has brought to life many parts of Edgar Kennedy's previously unknown career.
Robert Zeroun
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in vintage film and classic comedy without any reservation.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward WATZ on October 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a wondrously researched, beautifully told life story of Edgar Kennedy, the beloved comedian who is remembered for having been a Mack Sennett Keystone Cop, later foil to Hal Roach stars (Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase, Our Gang), and later still as the star of the fondly recalled "Average Man" two-reel comedy series at RKO. Author Bill Cassara has done Edgar proud, including as much detail and as many rare photographs as possible in this handsome-looking softcover edition. Mr. Cassara had access to the memories and collections of the Kennedy family, making this a definitive biography as well as a delightful examination at some of Edgar's most memorable film roles. The book is a labor of love that never loses its keen insight into the philosophy of a favorite comedian who also happened to be a very nice guy in private life. By all means get this book for yourself and remember the holidays are fast approaching, this book will make a very nice Christmas present for any film buff who ever enjoyed Edgar Kennedy battling against a world that seemed to always conspire against him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Zeroun on May 3, 2006
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Bill Cassara's book sheds new light on the fascinating life and times of Edgar L. Kennedy. Credited with over 500 films, Edgar had a colorful life in and around California during Hollywood's heyday. Edgar worked with all the movie greats who often looked to him for suggestions and guidance in the art of Comedy and film making. Mr. Cassara has done some painstaking research and has brought to life many parts of Edgar Kennedy's previously unknown career. This book is laviously illustrated (many photos heretofor unpublished)and revels both Edgar's professional and family side. It's an easy yet scholarly read that does much to fill in an area of Hollywood's past, few film bffs are aware of. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in actors (Particulally Edgar), who worked in Silents and Sound, and with most of Hollywood's greatest stars. Edgar Kennedy, Master of the Slow Burn should be on any film buff's reference bookshelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Schultz on June 23, 2014
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Mr. Cassara has really done a fine job in researching and writing a full-length biography about Edgar Kennedy, a comic actor who died over 60 years ago and who never had a book devoted to him before. Apart from a few newspaper interviews and magazine articles about him during his life, there had been precious little written about Edgar Kennedy up until now. After so many years, finding comprehensive information about him would be considered a hard thing to do. Bill Cassara has researched everything available and interviewed the few who knew Edgar who were still alive, and so has been able to write a complete book. Cassara has been able to get a lot of `inside' information about his life, his career, his personality and outlook.

Now we have full, comprehensive look at the life of an often overlooked figure in film history. Maybe Edgar hasn't been forgotten, but he has often been overlooked as a something of a footnote in film comedy history. Actually, he was a popular comedian who had a lot of `staying' power. He starred in his own series of shorts, plus appeared in many films with other famous comedians, like Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields. If he had lived longer, he no doubt would have had a long career in television as well as in the movies. The half-hour sitcom was basically the format that he used for his 17-year long series of two-reel comedies he starred in at RKO. It was called 'The Average Man' series, and only his death ended that series, for his popularity never waned in his lifetime.

Although the main "bread and butter" of his film career was the 'Average Man' series, he played many supporting roles in feature films during the 1930s and 40s. He co-starred with Clark Gable in San Francisco in 1936, and with John Wayne in In Old California in 1942.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shorty Caruso on November 5, 2005
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Magnificent! Edgar Kennedy was one of the greatest character players in motion picture history and Bill Cassara writes a warm and loving salute to this truly nice gentleman, of his family, his work and the affection people had for him - I highly recommend this book! - Shorty Caruso
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Okuda on April 18, 2013
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I arrived late to this party, so to speak, having just read Bill Cassara's EDGAR KENNEDY: MASTER OF THE SLOW BURN, a terrific biography of a master comedian whose work continues to delight film buffs as well as those seeking good, solid laughs. Edgar starred as "The Average Man" in a long-running series of comedy shorts, but there was nothing average about his talent. He essayed a variety of roles (in addition to occasional directorial assignments) and was beloved as a reliable, endearing mirthmaker.
With assist from Edgar's relatives and a number of noted historians, Cassara paints a detailed portrait of the versatile performer and loving family man. And there are plenty of photos, ranging from uproarious to poignant, that capture the public and private sides of Mr. Kennedy.
Edgar's life and career was fascinating and rewarding, and that description also applies to this wonderful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John "Silence is Golden" on April 25, 2010
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When I was a kid, I first encountered Edgar Kennedy from the Hal Roach Our Gang /Little Rascals comedies shown every afternoon after school. Later I caught his RKO two reelers on WNEW, channel 5, New York at 2-3 am on its early morning "reel camp". Then in the classic routines with Chico and Harpo Marx in "Duck Soup" and so on. His exasperation was explained to me by my grandfather simply as "that's slow burn Kennnedy" and I found out that he also watched the RKO 2 reelers - fondly as he usually watched very little TV. As I became a film enthusiast, I always had a "soft spot" and regard for "Kennedy the Cop".

Edgar Kennedy was a long serving character actor in the silent and sound era's and against all odds at the lowest point of the great depression in 1932 graduated to his own highly sucessfull short comedy series at RKO that lasted for 16 + years until his untimely death in 1948. Acting and directing at the old Sennett Studio and later at the Hal Roach studio with Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chase gave him ample opportunties to hone his comedic and directorial skills and this outstanding book chronicles his struggles and perservance as a non glamerous "ordinary man" to find a place against great odds securing a unique nitch / persona in a 35 + year Hollywood career.
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