Sunday, October 17, 2010


I had hoped to have the third part of the Republic 75th Anniversary story in today’s report, but it’s gonna have to wait until next week. All of this past week I have been working intensely with playwright and Emmy-nominated comedy writer Karl Tiedemann on his new film, FORGOTTEN LAUGHTER. It’s a documentary about three of early television’s most talented and least appreciated clowns: Ben Blue, Martha Raye and George Gobel. This week we’ll be interviewing a pair of writer/director/producers who have worked with not only the above, but W.C. Fields, Ed Wynn, Abbott and Costello, Olsen and Johnson, Hope and Crosby, Martin and Lewis – so you can understand why we want to be well-prepared!

If any of you have had any dealings with Blue, Raye or Gobel, or know someone who has, we’d love to talk with you/them. Just post a comment, or e-mail me at

Next week I promise I’ll have the rest of the Republic piece, and in coming weeks I’ll have interviews with actors Earl Holliman and Ty Hardin, a review of a new young-adult western novel and interview with its author, a review of a memoir about growing up on studio backlots, a chat with a COWBOYS AND ALIENS cast member, and a look at a publisher who specializes in new Western novels by British authors.

See you next weekend!


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