- Taschenbuch: 790 Seiten
- Verlag: Bearmanor Media (26. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1593935579
- ISBN-13: 978-1593935573
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 4 x 22,9 cm
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Duffy's Tavern: A History of Ed Gardner's Radio Program (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Februar 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.