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Just the Facts, Ma'am: The Authorized Biography of Jack Webb Paperback – April 1, 2001


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 092976529X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929765297
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His portrayal of Joe Friday on Dragnet and his creation of Adam-12 and Emergency make Jack Webb of one entertainment's greatest icons. The authors reveal the private side of Jack Webb, a mixture of creativity, hard work, and mercurial temperament. With the help of Webb's daughter, Stacy, Moyer and Alvarez give Dragnet fans an honest portrayal of a driven and complicated man.

About the Author

Dan Moyer spent years working with Webb’s daughter, Stacy in researching her father’s life and career. He is also a musician, singer, and actor. Eugene Alvarez, Ph.D., is a former Marine Corps drill instructor and professor emeritus from Macon State College in Georgia. He currently works as a writer and researcher.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Herm Saunders, Producer of Adam-12, Mark VII Limited on July 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
As one of Jack Webb's Mark VII and "Adam-12" producers, I want to applaud the authors for writing, "Just the Facts, Ma'am. The Authorized Biography of Jack Webb." The book, among many subjects, includes interesting information about Webb's talented and beautiful first wife Julie London and her second husband, jazz great Bobby Troup. The book brought other treasured memories back to me, such as my being the best man at Webb's marriage to the beautiful Jackie Loughery, Miss USA and the leading lady in Webb's film, "The D.I." Webb's daughter Stacy greatly contributed to this book and I was pleased to assist and advise the authors in the completion of this work. Much attention is given to Jack's radio days, and his TV "Dragnet," "Adam-12," "Emergency," and many other Mark VII projects many persons know little about. The book covers all of Webb's movies, and offers personal and unknown insights about Jack Webb. Numerous photographs were generously offered by Jack's closet family members and friends. They along with the story documentation, and chronology of Webb's life enhance this much needed biography of one of Hollywood's most innovative film pioneers. I highly recommend this authorized biography, and accurate book about my friend and television legend-Jack Webb. "Just the Fact's, Ma'am" is an enjoyable and enlightening read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "dltnkt" on June 3, 2001
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A fairly well written biography of one of Americas most loved and alsomost parodied TV cops. A good insight into the man behind the myth with lots of photographs. Things may not always be phrased just right in the book but you will come away with a greater understanding of Webb the man and perhaps even a greater appreciation of his work. For Webb fans a definite read.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David C. Hill on January 9, 2002
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As an authorized biography, and one written in collaboration (before her death) with Webb's daughter, it's not surprising that this volume is both informative of the minutiae of Webb's life and is almost completely uncritical of the man, his working methods, his relationships, and his works.
More annoying is the very poor organization. Facts are presented with little relationship to each other, and very little of a negative or human nature is passed along. Chronology is more or less tossed out the window. Particular works are referred to out of order, and rarely is much detail given about the shows themselves, or Webb's creative choices. Anecdotes are chock-a-block with each other, with paragraphs inserted, apparently at random, of laundry lists of Webb's cars, or his favorite foods.
Excessive space is given to mini-biographies of some of the major players in Webb's life -- and contributors to the book. Do we really need to know the genesis of Bobby Troup's "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" in a biography of Jack Webb?
The book's notes and bibliography are extensive, and it's clear the authors had good access to any number of important people. I only wish they had done a better job of giving us a better organized work, and had taken a more analytical approach to Webb and his work, rather than a 280-page press release of his life.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 16, 2001
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In his famous role as Joe Friday on the syndicated television series Dragnet, as well as later TV classics Adam-12 and Emergency, Jack Webb has become a beloved figure to more than one generations. This authorized biography, for which author Dan Moyer spent years working with Webb's daughter Stacy to research her father's life, describes Jack Webb's life from a hard childhood to an early radio career and finally stardom. Revealing Jack Webb as an artist personality whose passion for his craft sometimes caused problems in his relationship, Just The Facts, Ma'am: The Authorized Biography Of Jack Webb shows the humanity, triumphs, and foibles behind a well-known cult figure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DenS on February 17, 2014
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I loved this book. This tells a lot about the man that influenced the
industry of his day. Tells of his ups and downs and of his compulsions,
strengths and weakness. I was amazed at his life from the beginning
to the end. Including time with Julie London. Wowzers.
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