Books by Joe Franklin (Author of Classics of the Silent Screen)
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The TV and radio talk-show host talks and talks about his four decades in show biz. Franklin's fans may be reassured to know that his memoirs are as quirky and campy as any of his media tours down Franklin's memories provide entertaining reading for those interested in early radio and television programs and performers. Franklin started his long career in the early s working behind the Joe Franklin began his remarkable show business career as a New York talk-and-variety show host in
Marx , that his press materials had long said, purposely, that he had been born in ,  but he planned to come clean about his real birth date. As a teenager, Franklin "followed around" Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor , the latter of whom eventually began buying jokes from the young Franklin and whose Carnegie Hall show he later produced. He was also considered to be an authority on popular culture of the first half of the 20th century, including silent films.
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Up Late with Joe Franklin
Offers anecdotes from , interviews during forty-three years with the longest-running talk show host in TV history. For those who have never seen Joe Franklin, it's almost impossible to describe him. Perhaps the closest you can come is the Saturday Night Live character Billy Crystal used to do that was inspired by Franklin--the hambone talk-show host who always said, "I've had the greats, the near greats, I've had it, smelled it touched it. But the show's real attraction was the bizarre, off-the-wall talent term loosely used that was the staple of Franklin's Stable: the dancing undertaker or Morris Katz, "the World's Fastest Painter" appearances. Franklin, who had a rare talent for asking inane questions "So when did you get smitten or should I say bitten by show business? Ilene Cooper. Franklin's memories provide entertaining reading for those interested in early radio and television programs and performers.