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Duffy's Tavern: A History of Ed Gardner's Radio Program (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Februar 2014

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HASH(0x990fe4e0) von 5 Sternen Another homage to the glory days of Old Time Radio 7. Mai 2014
Von C. Sexton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Martin Grams, Jr. has done it again. With this hefty tome on one of radio's more unusual comedy programs, Duffy's Tavern, a flood of memories will engulf the reader with smiles, then chuckles, then laugh out loud moments. I remember listening to the program as a kid and being mystified by the opening "Where the elite meet to eat." I always heard it as "wherthlitemtet" or something along those lines. It wasn't until the OTR revival that began in the '60s that I finally discovered the actual words used. Then it made sense. But that was one of the hallmarks of this program. English teachers must have been appalled, but I bet they laughed along with all the rest of us. That's another thing Grams focuses on in this book, the why and how the "language" of Duffy's Tavern came to be.

Grams' program log, which is a vital part of his books, includes actual bits of dialogue for most of the programs listed. This gives the reader a good feel for the hi-jinks that went on and makes one want to pull out a tape or disc to relive that time once more.

But this is more than a detailed review of a favorite radio program. Grams delves into the background of the show's creator, Ed Gardner, with the same painstaking effort and detail as he does with the program itself. For instance, Gardner moved to Puerto Rico in 1949 to prepare transcripton discs of the program while taking advantage of tax laws at that time. Even though ETs had been used in place of live broadcasting for a couple of years, this was still a revolutionary concept.

The OTR club I belong to in Cincinnati, Radio Listener's Lyceum, features a library of appropriate books on radio history and Grams' works constitute a lion's share of the holdings.

All in all, a very fine contribution to OTR history.
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HASH(0x992b26c0) von 5 Sternen Great, comprehensive book 24. April 2014
Von Michael J. Bennett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Here is everything you could possibly want to know about Ed Gardner, or his show Duffy's Tavern. Author Martin Grams, Jr has done an incredible job gathering all this information, and presenting it in a nice cohesive package. When he mentions a particular actor or actress, there's usually a photo to accompany the text. This is tremendously helpful to those unfamiliar with Hollywood stars of the 1940's. There are also many, many rare photographs of Ed and Duffy's that I had never seen before. Besides the history of the show, there is a complete list and plot synopsis of each broadcast, including those considered "lost" episodes. A complete listing and plot synopsis of each of the Duffy's Tavern television shows is included as well. Chapters are dedicated to the film as well as the play, which prior to this I had no idea even existed. There's somewhat sparse background information on the other main actors, Eddie Green and Charlie Cantor. All in all this will remain the definitive book on this great radio show, so raise a mug of beer to Martin Grams, Jr and Bear Manor Media for an excellent book.
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HASH(0x9a8a19cc) von 5 Sternen Comprehensive. 16. Oktober 2014
Von J. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
For years, I had hoped for a comprehensive history on Ed Gardner's great radio program, Duffy's Tavern. And now, after all this time there is one.

Martin J. Grams has done some outstanding research for this opus, and it shows. One can only wonder how many years it took for him to find all this material.

Highlights include: Memorable quotes from the series which capture the programs' tone., an extensive ten-year episode guide,
"Ed Gardner's Radio Appreciation," a section on the short-lived television version (also starring Gardner), publicity art, radio ads, lost speeches Gardner gave as Archie, his radio alter ego. The book reveals the history of the radio program, but it's also the story of Ed Gardner, warts and all. The reader is introduced to a very flawed man. A comic genius and promoter in his own right, but a womanizer and always on the make for a better deal.

Many of the programs early episodes with Shirley Booth as Miss Duffy remain lost. It would be wonderful to hear those missing stories and hear just what is with Booth's Miss Duffy that made her so special. So unique was her interpretation that Gardner struggled for years, and with a succession of Miss Duffy's to re-capture her tone. Of course, that may have been due to the fact, that Gardner and Booth were once married, but parted ways after her first few years on the show.

"Duffy's Tavern" may have been radio's progenitor of television's Cheers and Night Court. It has a more sophisticated kind of humor, especially when it comes verbal word play, guest stars, and various sitcom situations. Also revealed, Abe Burrows, one of Gardner's best writers is the father to James Burrows who also worked on television's Cheers.

Do wish Mr. Grams had included a top ten list of his favorite episodes, but I confess my favorite shows are those with the "Bryon Club" and the one where the gang at Duffy's produced their own opera. A comic highlight.

Mr. Gram should use his research skills on television programs, just waiting for him.

Reading this book was fun.

Great for radio buffs.

Williston ND
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HASH(0x99154300) von 5 Sternen Expansive Re-definition of the "program bio" book - Comprehensive, Readable Mind-blowing Insight into the world of Network Radio 19. Juli 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I've been following Martin Gram's work since his Suspense and Inner Sanctum books - In addition to providing the treasure trove of episode-level details and astounding footnote information that we have come to expect with all of his works (solving many a mystery for me personally), Gram's "Duffy's Tavern" represents an expansive re-definition of the "program bio" book. Mr. Gram's book not only covers Ed Gardiner and "Duffy's, but places the man and program within context, clearly relating them to that larger (often hidden) world of the radio entertainment industry.

Mr. Gram's writing style is comfortable, very readable and yet his content speaks of professor-level knowledge - it's a bit like having casual coffee conversation with your favorite college professor who casually expands and sometimes blows your mind.

With Mr. Gram's works (and as specifically seen in his Twilight Zone book), I have come to expect unprecedented levels of detail - it is clear that Gram's takes his subject very seriously and he clearly has worked hard for entrance into archives that a normal person can't access or doesn't even know about. You get the sense that he must be voraciously consuming details about his subjects - it shows on every page (unseen photos and enlightening sidebar footnote comments).

It is clear that, with each subject of focus, Mr. Gram's knowledge base greatly expands. His works display unseen contexts, implications, and information on many levels, greatly expanding the reader's appreciation of the programs: This is evident in "Duffy's Tavern", Gram's comprehensive coverage of the Gardiner/Duffy subject/program. For example, in this work, this is evident in placement of Gardiner's program within context of the "defection" of many comedy programs during the NBC to CBS network flight. And, for me, he solved a great mystery - "Duffy's" move to Puerto Rico.

I really feel that we are seeing in Martin Gram's works is a golden age of program biographies. We can only expect Mr. Grams next works to add more depth and color the sometimes grey (or black & white) world of mid-twentieth century American entertainment and popular culture.
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HASH(0x9912024c) von 5 Sternen Another great book from Martin Grams Jr. 22. April 2014
Von B. Forsberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is another fine work from Martin Grams Jr. This is a huge book at over 700 pages and many fine photographs.

This book contains Nineteen chapters and many appendices. It is a thorough work covering Ed Gardner’s early radio work, the entire Duffy’s Tavern radio run from 1941 thru 1951, the Duffy’s Tavern movie, Stage show, and Television. Also included is an interesting chapter on WWII regarding the involvement of the radio show with war propaganda and Ed Gardner touring with the USO. Each season of the radio show is in a separate chapter and contains a log of the show as well as text describing the events of the season.

Overall I highly recommend this book as I recommend all Martin’s books. I have to admit I am not a huge Duffy’s Tavern fan, but this book was enjoyable to read none the less. One thing that sets all Martin’s book apart from others is the extensive research done. This is not a compilation of information available on the internet. I especially enjoyed reading about Fred Allen being cut off the air for making a joke about NBC Vice Presidents. This lead to Bob Hope and Red Skelton being cut off as well as they came to Fred’s defense and made jokes as well about NBC. If I have any complaints it is I wish this was in a digital format. At over 700 pages this book is heavy to hold in one's hands and becomes uncomfortable for those of us who read for an extended period of time.
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