books by Ronald L. Smith include.....

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SWEETHEARTS OF 60's TV:

"Ronald  Smith has come up with an amiable volume of profiles of 16 "girls next  door, dream wives, comic cuties, fantasy figures and women of action" on  TV...ultimately belongs on the shelf next to People." Newsday.

"Buy this one for fun!" Booklist

"Nostalgic baby boomers will find this book irresistible!" Library Journal 

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STARS OF STAND-UP COMEDY

"A  standout book on stand-up comedians...he writes with empathy...What  gives Smith's book its value is that...he describes the comic with well  chosen excerpts from the routines. Smith can also usually chart the life  path and the extenuating circumstances that produced the style. He is  very good and comprehending on Lenny Bruce...and Smith's long entry on  Mort Sahl captures remarkably the incisive style of a comic  satirist...there are two kinds of reference books about show business:  very good and fairly awful...good ones answer hard questions, surprise  you with facts you didn't know and are impossible to put down because  one revelation leads to another."
CHARLES CHAMPLIN, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Wise and insightful...I'm sure that as much as I know about the business I'll have frequent occasion to refer to it."
STEVE ALLEN

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JOHNNY CARSON: A BIOGRAPHY

"Pleasing...more  replenishing than Paul Corkery's "Carson," Smith is much tighter, more  straightforward, touches all the bases and nicely seasoned with that  Carson wit."
KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Insightful portrait." BACKSTAGE

"Anecdote  filled. Like Paul Corkery's recent "Carson," Smith's account was  written without the subject's cooperation, but unlike the earlier  effort, it manages to be quite juicy." BOOKLIST 

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COMIC SUPPORT:  Second Bananas in the Movies

"This  book is a real sleeper: word-and-picture profiles of 170 comic  supporting players, everyone from Iris Adrian and Luis Alberni to Marie  Wilson and Monty Woolley. Yes, 170 of the best-loved players in movie  history, most of whom never got the credit they deserved. But now they  do. Ron Smith captures each one with a fine personal and career profile,  plus a rare photo. And no skimping: the average profile runs about one  and a half oversized pages. You get elusive birth and death dates, plus  valuable extras...In short, a wonderful reading-and-reference book..."
Previews

"Full  time drunks, society ladies, prissy sales clerks and silly sidekicks —  they're all here from Iris Adrian to Marie Wilson, a collection of  straight men and zanies long unappreciated to all except the ever  faithful film buff..its good photos, trim bios and "selected film and  stage appearances" recommends it...There's a certain scandal-drenched  joy in these 200 profiles that give it appeal...Jack Weston's "flag  desecration," Carol Wayne's drowning and Walter Catlett's "legendary  drinking" — pithy comments lend notoriety to people too often blended  into the anonymity of Tinseltown's various stock companies."
Films in Review

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LET PEAS BE WITH YOU

"It's a treat to read...absurdly unique!"
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara

"Love the book!"
Vincent Price

"Very good! Ron Smith's a very talented man. You'll get a big kick out of LET PEAS BE WITH YOU."
Joey Adams

"I'll mind my peas -- the queues can still line up at the movies. NICE book!"
Ann Beattie

"Charming and fun!"
Julia Child

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COMEDY ON RECORD

"It's intended as a  reference work, but Ronald L. Smith's hefty new tome is a compulsively  readable book, informative and often very amusing...Amply fulfilling its  stated goal, 'Comedy on Record' lists and rates, often in considerable  detail, virtually every comedy album ever released. Delightful and  entertaining...a wealth of solid (and sometimes bizarre)  information...Smith's judgements are on target."
LARRY KART, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"'Comedy on Record' is a valuable reference...in addition to being a useful resource, this book is fun to read."
LIBRARY JOURNAL

"In  a monumental effort, Garland Publishing, Inc. has provided the ultimate  book for fans of comedy records, authored by Ronald Smith. And Smith's  impressive credentials in the comedy field certainly qualify him to  delve into such a magnificent task. He is a joke writer, humorous poetry  writer, comedy magazine editor as well as the author of "The Stars of  Stand-Up Comedy" and "Johnny Carson."...Page after page...virtually  boggles one's mind...truly an incredible work...a job well done."
MOVIE COLLECTOR'S WORLD


GOLDMINE PRICE GUIDE


"Movie buffs have paperbacks by Maltin and Ebert to rate films. Who have comedy junkies been able to turn to? Ronald L. Smith has come to the rescue with a meticulously researched and accessible guide to comedy albums...rates them on a four star scale and includes two prices for each album - for standard  thrift stores and pricier used record stores. There's also a handy section in the back with Grammy nominees and winners for best comedy albums and other trivia tidbits..."

Philadelphia City Paper

more books by Ronald L. Smith

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COSBY, LIFE OF A COMEDY LEGEND

"Warm, likable bio...sincere and funny and richly human."
Kirkus Reviews

"...a  good blend of facts and anecdotes make for an easy to read, concise  biography...Smith's comfortable writing style should warrant  recognition."
News & Courier, Charleston S.C.

"Chockful of interesting anecdotes and biographical information...presented heartwarmingly and with insight."
Philadelphia Daily News

"Smith  successfully places Cosby's stand-up career in the context of the  times: assessing his competition , tracing his influences, recounting  some of his difficulties and triumphs. Best of all, he explains, with  the help of quotes from Cosby's first manager, how painstakingly the two  of them worked on those early monologues."
Philadelphia Inquirer
  

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POE IN THE MEDIA

 "The  tome takes on the daunting task of covering all Poe-related films,  music and spoken-word recordings and does so in a style that's at once  thorough and fun."
NY DAILY NEWS

"Clear and concise...a fiendishly fascinating read."  The Academic Library Book Review here.

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THE FIGHT FOR TONIGHT

"Smith's  15th book...is a riveting behind-the-scenes account of backstabbing,  bullying and network nitpicking that goes all the way back to the first  successful late night show, "Broadway Open House," starring Jerry  Lester, who was soon upstaged by television's first blonde bombshell,  Dagmar. Throughout, the reader sees producers, agents, network  executives and performers at their self-serving, preening worst. But the  last are also seen at their best. Many of the great moments of late  night television are faithfully recalled, and they have not lost their  luster."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE  

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WHO'S WHO IN COMEDY


(Who's Who in Comedy - book cover

designed by Ronald L. Smith) 


Smith, author of Stars of Stand-Up Comedy, offers this  comprehensive encyclopedia. The book's approximately 450 entries, from  Abbott and Costello to Zeb and Zarrow, includes well-knowns like Jackie  Gleason and Lucille Ball, as well as lesser-knowns like Huntz Hall and  Minerva Pious. Almost 100 years of funny people are covered. Each entry  includes given name, date of birth (and, if applicable, death), brief  biographical information, a historical account of the subject's career,  and some analysis. There are excellent references and three  appendixes: nickname and character name, catch phrase, and categorical  (impressionists, dialect, TV, teams, etc.). Essential   

LIBRARY JOURNAL


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COMEDY STARS AT 78 RPM

"A book  which should benefit record collectors and vintage entertainment  fans...The 89 biographical profiles are concise and include samples of  each performer's routines. Real names and birth and death dates are  included...Smith lists original cylinder or 78 releases, giving titles  and original stock numbers...the book provides information on scores of  obscure entertainers...supplies much helpful data and does so  entertainingly."
PAST TIMES

"Deals with a curious but  interesting mix of performers...Abbott and Costello, Nora Bayes, Fanny  Brice...Butterbeans and Susie, Red Ingle and Robert J. Wildhack, Arthur  Askey, Billy Bennett, Albert Chevalier, Billy Merson, George Robey and  others...The author knows his subject well and provides some fascinating  tidbits."
ANTHONY SLIDE, CLASSIC IMAGES

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THE COMEDY QUOTE DICTIONARY   Doubleday)  "A  hoot of a book...he has gathered together some of the brightest moments  and lines from the best comedic minds of all time. Many of these bits  will make you laugh out loud...Marvelous!" THE COAST BOOK REVIEW  "Pick  a topic, any topic, and Ronald L. Smith has a zinger for you...and  among the 2,000 or so quotes, quips and jokes from this century's  funniest men and women, there's nary a groaner." 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS