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The Great Radio Comedians [Kindle Edition]

Jim Harmon
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Book Description

Harmon's classic on radio funnies is back - newly expanded!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1563 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (February 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BD1UYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My copy of Jim Harmon's THE GREAT RADIO COMEDIANS (1970) includes a 5" flexi-vinyl record that's attached to the inside of the front cover. Made in England for COLUMBIA Special Products, this rarity contains a few minutes of the Burns & Allen Show, also the Chase & Sanborn program with Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy. This segment has W.C. Fields verbally jousting with Charlie McCarthy. (Fields appeared frequently on that series while recuperating from a serious illness.)

Although there's a terrific variety here, at 200 pages or so (plus 16 more of photo repros) this work is hardly definitive. For example, beyond a two-sentence mention, Stan Freburg, who in 1956 had radio's last big budget series, is neglected. Also, the quiz program chapter is without citings of the two zaniest shows ever: "Can You Top This?" and "It Pays To Be Ignorant."

Harmon's always engaging text monologue is intercut with show excerpts, many of which are new to me. He also identifies the actors behind characters both prominent and less-so, which is helpful.

This little volume is an excellent addition to the home library of any old time radio aficionado. So is Jim Harmon's THE GREAT RADIO HEROES.


INTRODUCTION: Who Did You Listen To Every Sunday?

Edgar Bergan's Charile McCarthy (and nemesis W.C. Fields) / Red Skelton's "Junior / Fanny Brice's "Baby Snooks"

Fibber McGee and Molly / The Great Gildersleeve

Lorenzo Jones / Vic and Sade / Easy Aces / One Man's Family / Ma Perkins

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2.0 out of 5 stars The great radio comdedians September 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ebook contains many errors; dialog has been left out, and the place for pictures show big blank screens. The title for each has been put there, though. I am disappointed with this version. But as my friend has the physical book, I will borrow that from him.

Most of the ebooks are in good shape, and I am willing to read them with a "grain" of salt, particularly those that are free. But when I pay money to read something, I expect to be able to read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Wild About This Book February 15, 2014
By AnnieM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a huge Old Time Radio fan and bought this book so I could learn more about my favorite radio comedians. Unfortunately, on the Kindle, no photos show up. The pages aren't well organized - I'm thinking it's because of the Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars November 17, 2014
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great book
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