LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK: REFERENCED/MENTIONED

When you write a work of non-fiction, it’s a nice cherry on the sundae when you discover other authors have referenced/mentioned your work in their projects. I’ve recently discovered that such is the case of Lee Marvin Point Blank in a couple of other books. One book mentioned my work in the bibliography while another does the same in the main body of its text.
First, the bibliographic reference. Back in 2006, Bear Manor Media published a pretty comprehensive book all about Charles Bronson and the Death Wish franchise entitled Bronson’s Loose. The author, Paul Talbot, must have had some extra material he wanted to utilize as he convinced the publisher to put forth Bronson’s Loose Again in 2015.

Publisher Bear Manor Media’s follow-up title to Bronson’s Loose by Paul Talbot.

There are indeed some engaging stories in the book and a a lot of research clearly went into it. Strangely, however, since it concerns Bronson’s starring roles in non-Death Wish films, it doesn’t go into the likes of his well-received European films (Once Upon a Time in the West, Rider on the Rain, etc.) that helped established his superstar status, nor such films as Chato’s Land, Telefon, White Buffalo and most importantly, Death Hunt. Makes me wonder why this was even included as there’s no mention of my work anywhere in the book…..

Bibliography for Bronson’s Loose Again!. Check the third entry from the bottom.

Being referenced/mentioned in other work may be its own reward but context certainly helps.
Here, in a more recent example entitled Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-in Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American 70s, context and reason exist and makes total sense.

Simon & Schuster’s recently published Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-in Near You by Charles Taylor.

A rather clunky title for a great idea for a book, one I wish I would have thought of pitching. The great mainstream drive-in fodder of 1970s films is the theme and one of my favorite periods of American filmmaking. A friend recently bought to my attention one particular passage that was forwarded to me.

In the middle of the 2nd paragraph is my mention in Opening Wednesday….

I haven’t read the book yet myself and look forward to doing so. In the mean time, anybody out there know of any other references to my work, feel free to chime in and let me know about it. Until then, I remain…
-Dwayne Epstein

 

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CLINT WALKER OBITUARY: MAY 30, 1927- MAY 21, 2018

I was not planning on writing up this blog entry but after reading a Clint Walker obituary just now, I was compelled to do so. I’m not positive but I’m pretty sure I got the last interview with ‘The Big Fella’ for a recent issue of Filmfax Magazine. It came out earlier this year and by all accounts, seemed to be a popular read.

On a personal note, it was actually the third time I had interviewed the man. The first time was for his work with Lee Marvin in The Dirty Dozen for Lee Marvin Point Blank and his insights were eye-opening and hysterical. Next, I spoke with him on his work with Charles Bronson on the same film as well as the strange 1970s western/fantasy White Buffalo. This time around it was much more intimate since the purpose of the interview was focused on HIS career and his career alone. When the official interview was over, we chatted like old friends and he could not have been nicer and more effusive on a one-on-one basis. He asked me about my career, my girlfriend Barbara, we laughed about small similarities in our lives and shared a true bonding over the telephone line. I know he wasn’t in the best of health at the time (he took a tumble down the stairs, recently) but we wished each other both lots of luck for the future year ahead.
And now, just days before his 91st birthday, he has relinquished his mortal coil. I was more than lucky to know him, I was honored. It’s cliche but in truth, we shall never see his like again. Read below our conversation and see for yourself. Farewell ‘Big Fella.’ You will be missed.
– Dwayne Epstein

Filmfax Clint Walker interview, Page 1

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STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF W/ A GIG: CLINT WALKER!

Happy new year faithful Lee Marvin Point Blank blog readers, and for yours truly, there’s no better way to start the new year than with a a new gig interviewing TV and movie legend Clint Walker! It proved to be another example of my Lee Marvin research turning into something more fortuitous.
The background story is rather interesting. I had interviewed the big fella back in the early days of my work on the book as he costarred with Marvin in The Dirty Dozen. Unfortunately, not all that great stories he related made the book, but hey, that’s where blogs come in handy.  I had then gotten back in touch with him fairly recently in hopes of getting his thoughts on working with Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen and then later in Bronson’s strange western/fantasy film, White Buffalo. As for the Bronson project, as Johnny Carson used to say, more to come.
Anyway, having done those two interviews with him, it occurred to me that the good folks who run Filmfax Magazine might be interested in a career-spanning interview with Walker. I contacted publisher Mike Stein about it and it was a go. I then contacted 90-year-old Clint Walker about it and he was slightly less enthusiastic about. He was retired in Northern California with his wife and really didn’t want to have anything to do with the business any more, aside from the occasional memorabilia show. On top of that he had recently suffered a fall and health-wise, he just wasn’t up to it. Well, it took no small amount of convincing by yours truly (as well as several schedule rearrangements!) and more than a little help from Facebook friend Deb Elsie, but eventually……

Filmfax cover for issue #150.

My interview with Clint Walker even made the cover. Seriously.
What’s that?
Don’t see it?
Well, look a little a closer in the top left corner there. Here, let me help…..

Top banner of FIlmfax, Dec.-Feb. 2018.

There, that’s better. Anyway, the interview indeed went well as Walker eventually opened up to talk about his many decades in the industry. I got him to tell great tales on such luminaries as Jack Warner, Cecil B. DeMille, Doris Day, The Bowery Boys, Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra, Arnold Schwarzenegger, even The Beatles! It’s the reason I love what I do.
I’m not going to post the article here, as it’s available in bookstores and newsstands everywhere. However, I can tease you a little to go out and buy a copy with this first page of the 8-page article….

Page 1 of my Filmfax interview with Clint Walker.

If  this teaser does want to make you go out and buy a copy of the magazine that publisher Mike Stein calls, “A five-ounce ton of intelligent fun,” then I humbly thank you.
By the way, if you like what you read, feel free to comment as the magazine really does print any and all letters to the editor. Honest! The contact info is:
FILMFAX MAGAZINE
Re: Edits 1320 Oakton St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Of course, if you didn’t care for the article, let’s just keep that to ourselves, shall we? I thank you and here’s to a happy and prosperous 2018!!
-Dwayne Epstein

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