DUFFY'S TAVERN: A History of Ed Gardner's Radio Program

A brand new book available December 2013. Documents the history of the long-running radio program starring Ed Gardner as Archie, the manager of a fly-infested dive. Soon after Duffy’s Tavern premiered over the radio in 1941, Hollywood celebrities flocked to the microphone for a guest appearance and accepted the insults in good nature. Critics raved about the genius of the program. Convicts at San Quentin voted it their favorite radio program. Duffy’s Tavern was so popular it helped spawn a hit song, “Leave Us Face It,” an attempted newspaper comic strip, a number of premiums (from books to sheet music), a 1945 motion-picture, a short-lived television program (following three attempted pilots) and a U.S.O. Tour. After a decade of research, this book (over 500 pages) will finally be published. It documents the entire history of the program, radio and television, including the lawsuits, Ed Gardner’s personal life, contract negotiations, script reprints for episodes not known to exist in recorded form and much more! Over 150 never-before-published photographs are included. Fully indexed.  $35.00


THE TIME TUNNEL: A History of the Television Program

Every week from 1966 to 1967, television viewers were treated to a spectacle. Two American scientists were lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages. One week they found themselves on board the Titanic, the next week they were in the far future fighting aliens. James Darren and Robert Colbert were the stars of this weekly Irwin Allen program and this book documents the entire history of the program. Over 500 pages with over 150 exclusive never-before published photographs, conception art and plot summaries for the second season that never happened.

Autographed copy by Darren, Colbert and the author:  $75.00

Regular price (unsigned):  $35.00


SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE: A History of the Television Program, 1955-57

Hosted by Truman Bradley, this science fiction anthology offered the “what if” approach with a strong emphasis on science. But when half the props were fake and budgets were slashed by the production company, how does a television program like Science Fiction Theatre manage to make television history? Add a smart comment by Marty McFly’s father in Back to the Future, referencing this program… that’s how! This 500 page book documents the entire history of the television program with salary costs, dates of production, background trivia and much more!  $30.00


THE SHADOW: The History and Mystery of the Radio Program, 1930-1954

by Martin Grams

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” The long-running radio program finally receives its due with this 850 page book documenting everything you want to know about the radio program. Also included is an episode guide with plot summaries for each and every radio broadcast from 1937 to 1954. Fully indexed.  $30.00


THE GREEN HORNET: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television

by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson

This 800 page book documents the history of the masked vigilante (note: The Green Hornet was not a superhero — there is a difference). From the 1936 origin on radio, the comic books, the cliffhanger serials and the 1966-67 television program, everything you want to know about The Green Hornet is inside! Fully indexed.  $30.00


THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Unlocking The Door to a Television Classic

by Martin Grams

Winner of two “Best Book of the Year” Awards, this 800 page book covers everything you want to know about Rod Serling’s classic television series which aired over CBS Television from 1959 to 1964. From the bloopers, the music cues, dates of production to behind-the-scenes stories, find out what makes this 800 page book the rave everyone keeps talking about. Winner of the Rondo Award for "Best Book of the Year," and the one everyone keeps raving about as the "essential" Bible on all things The Twilight Zone.  $30.00


GANG BUSTERS: The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting

Before there was Unsolved Mysteries and America’s Most Wanted, there was Gang Busters. Responsible for helping police apprehend hundreds of criminals over a 20 year time period, this popular radio program inspired a cliffhanger serial, comic books, two motion-pictures and a short-run television program of the same name. Fully indexed.  $25.00



Car 54, Where Are You? only ran two years but remains a favorite for people who watch TV Land and late-night cable reruns. Now available on DVD commercially, it’s time to revisit the series with background material and trivia about your favorite television comedy. Fully indexed.  $22.00


I LED THREE LIVES: The True Story of Herbert A. Philbrick’s Television Program

by Martin Grams

Often mistaken for the radio program, I Was a Communist for the FBI (which was also a Warner Bros. motion picture starring Frank Lovejoy), this television program was based on the real-life adventures of Herbert A. Philbrick, whose book was a long-time number one best seller. Richard Carlson gambled his screen career and his bank account to star in the series, ultimately making him a millionaire. Fully indexed.  $25.00



by Martin Grams

Starring Howard Duff in the lead, the gumshoe with a nose for alcohol, hitching rides on the back of trolley cars and stealing money out of the wallets of dead men became America’s favorite radio program during the mid-forties. Soon other producers began their own imitation detective programs but none could ever beat the original Sam Spade. Includes a lengthy history of the radio program and an episode guide with plot summaries. Fully indexed.  $20.00



by Martin Grams and Patrick Wikstrom

Hosted by Alfred Hitchcock beginning in 1955, this television anthology ran a total of ten seasons and featured a large cast of guest stars from Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Steve McQueen, Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Peter Falk and many others. Here their behind-the-scenes stories in this 660 page book documenting the history behind Hitchcock’s household name. $35.00



One of the most popular quiz programs ever broadcast, listeners were encouraged to mail in questions in an attempt ti stump the experts. If the panelists could not answer the question, the listener received a very expensive prize. But look out! These panelists not only knew the answers, but had a sharp wit to boot. Celebrity guest panelists included Jackie Robinson, Gracie Allen, Harpo Marx and many others!  $25.00



by Martin Grams and Gerald Wilson

Considered one of the finest musicals (following behind the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts), this program went up against stiff competition and still dominated 299 broadcasts over a period of six seasons. From Doris Day to Groucho Marx, celebrities poured their heart out and fans still enjoy listening to these vintage broadcasts today.  $25.00


THE SOUND OF DETECTION: The Radio Adventures of Ellery Queen

by Martin Grams and Francis M. Nevins

The Ellery Queen program received very little documentation until the publication of this book, which extensively covers the entire broadcasting career of the fictional detective, Ellery Queen. His guest spots on other radio programs and a complete episode guide with plot summaries is also included.  $25.00



by Martin Grams and Les Rayburn 

Considered one of the finest Westerns telecast on American television, the John Barrymore on horseback, Richard Boone, rode across CBS for six seasons and told some of the best stories a Western could produce. Scripts written by Harold Jack Bloom and Gene Roddenberry verify the quality of the series. Come explore the history behind the classic Western. $30.00


INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES: Behind the Creaking Door

by Martin Grams

One of the finest horror programs to grace the radio tubes, Hollywood celebrities Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Lorre and Frank Sinatra all graced the microphone in creepy stories that invoked a sense of fright during the signature opening of the creaking door. In one episode, the vampire was proven to be fake. It was a mad scientist with a need and a bicycle pump. Or was it a real vampire?  $25.00


The I LOVE A MYSTERY Companion

by Martin Grams

This 500 page book documents the history of the radio program that helped define “blood and thunder” with thrilling stories such as “The Bride of the Werewolf,” “The Monster in the Mansion” and “The Temple of Vampires.” Children loved the series. Parents protested against the scary stories. Carlton E. Morse was the creator, producer, director and writer of the series, and his legacy is preserved in this book.  $30.00



Perhaps one of the least explored, least talked about radio programs, Invitation to Learning was a long running program (24 years) featuring discussions of famous works of literature with guest panelists — many happened to be Hollywood celebrities. Limited to a print run of 500, this limited edition book helps document the radio program. Only half a dozen copies left in stock.  $15.00



Thirteen radio scripts from the Golden Age of Radio. The Adventures of Sam Spadeis perhaps one of the few programs that collectors long for more “lost” recordings to surface. Filling in that void are these scripts including the premiere episode, the Christmas broadcast with Steve Dunne and a few surprises along the way!  $25.00



Often dismissed as one of those “historical drama” pieces, Cavalcade accomplished a long-running series of Hollywood productions in high quality productions that could rival The Lux Radio Theater. Thanks to DuPont, the history of this undiscovered Hollywood is now told with a highly-detailed episode guide. Includes rare photographs, lengthy history of the series and a highly detailed episode guide.  $20.00


SUSPENSE: Twenty Years of Thrills and Chills

Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lorre and Mickey Rooney all had their chance at being murderers in this 1942-1962 radio program. From classic productions as “Sorry, Wrong Number” to James Stewart’s “Mission Completed,” this series kept listeners on the edge of their seats. If Considered a one-stop source for everything about the radio program, including an episode guide for both the radio and television series. Details about the mystery magazines, movies and comic books are included.  $30.00