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Ben Ohmart is the author of Don Ameche, Daws Butler, Paul Frees, The Bickersons, Tim Kelly, Judy Canova and the editor of several radio script books.
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  • Paperback: 708 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (March 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593932596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593932596
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thad Komorowski on March 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
In the world of twentieth century entertainment, there are few figures who had more of a positive effect on media as a whole than Mel Blanc. Whether he was on the radio, on camera, or providing the vocals for one of his animated characters, no one steals the show like Blanc. He was a virtuoso showman who has, thus far, had no counterpart in _this_ century.

Ben Ohmart's book gives readers the chance to really look at what made the man of a thousand voices tick. While it does skirt over any controversies, it does, at least, aim to squash a few of Blanc's bogus claims behind creating various Warner Bros. cartoon characters (which are still repeated as fact to this day). Ohmart's book also has the ring of authenticity not only due to his own wealth of knowledge, but because he incorporated much of Noel Blanc's unpublished book into his own text. The words and research of Blanc biographer Walt Mitchell and Keith Scott (who has no equal when it comes to expertise on animation voice talent) also give this tome an edge over previous Blanc screeds. Indeed, most of this book is devoted to the most in-depth (and accurate) filmography and discography of Blanc's work in existence.

The print edition may be a bit pricey given the mountainous size of the indexing of Blanc's career, but with the Kindle so cheap, you have no excuse to not get it. Heartily recommended for radio, TV, and cartoon fans!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry McDaniel on May 14, 2013
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I have purchased a couple of other books from the pen of Ben Ohmart within the last several years and so when I first learned that a book about Mel Blanc was on the horizon I couldn't wait until it's release.

Throughout the book there is commentary from Mel's son, Noel, taken from an unpublished biography that Noel wrote about his father. Noel's words appear in bold print. There is considerable detail written about Mel's near fatal car accident in 1961, the impact Bugs Bunny made in reviving him from a coma, and the long road to recovery that lay ahead in a full body cast. You'll see pictures of Mel during that time period and read about all the effort made by the various cartoon studios to turn his hospital room, and later, his home, into a temporary recording studio.

Ohmart's book features many, many, MANY facts about a man who became one of the most busiest actors in radio, cartoons, and records...and later added television appearances to his long list of credits.

Speaking of credits...this book gives a detailed account on everything that Mel Blanc took part in from the early days of his career through his final projects in 1989. It's truly a fabulous, unique, and addictive kind of book for those who are not only fans of Mel Blanc but of classic animated cartoons in general, whether theatrically released or made-for-TV. You get a cartoon-by-cartoon snapshot detailing Mel's involvement in the project, however major or minor it might've been; plus, you get a complete overview of his recording career and the comedy records that were released on him and the numerous radio programs that he either guest starred in or had recurring characters in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hungry Mind on December 2, 2012
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This volume contains everything--and I mean EVERYTHING--pertaining to the life and phenomenal career of the world's greatest voice actor: Mel Blanc. Part biography, part reference, the book contains an exhaustive listing of all performances by Mr. Blanc. But we also get glimpses into his family life, with travails, tragedies, and triumphs. And of course, in-depth insight into the colorful characters in Mel Blanc's life--on and off of the microphone. A definite keeper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Home Gamer on August 16, 2013
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Ben Ohmart is an experienced biographer, as his many books about personalities will attest to. If he has any flaw at all, it's his dedication to being thorough. And in the case of this biography of the great Mel Blanc, Mr. Ohmart has left nothing out. It is true, as some other reviewers have pointed out, that the book not only contains his own research, but he has included the works of Mel's son, Noel, and Walt Mitchell, who wrote his own list of Mel's extensive discography. Some of this information may overlap, and therefore seem repetitious. But, obviously, Ben decided to include these works in the author's own words, rather than delete what he himself uncovered.
There are many other biographies out there on Mel. And they all say pretty much the same thing. We are all familiar with Mel's incredible list of cartoon voices. But, this biography answers many questions about Mel's background, his family life, and professional activities that were previously unknown.
I for one would rather have too much information than too little.
That's why I gave this book 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Bright on February 18, 2013
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If I made a list of ten obscure things Mel Blanc did during his career, this book includes all ten of them. Extremely detailed and comprehensive. Noel Blanc, Mel's son, wrote a book about his father but it was never published. Ben Ohmart managed to work out an arrangement with Noel and reprinted most of the material from that unpublished book, loaded with interviews with people who worked with Blanc, unpublished interviews with Blanc and a list of his entire audio and film career that boggles my mind. Took me two weeks to read the biography and the behind-the-scenes stories are great. Mr. Ohmart even took time to debunk a number of myths that circulate on Wikipedia.

Buy this book today and treat yourself to the man of a thousand voices.

I bought the hardcover edition, available only on CoverOut.com.
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