MARVIN, RICKLES & ALI

Marvin, Rickles & Ali is not a law firm but the participants of a an early 1970s talk show. Insult comic extraordinaire Don Rickles was sitting in for Johnny Carson one night and was in top form as he skewered guest Lee Marvin, who got an assist from legendary boxing champ Muhammad Ali.  Marvin appeared to promote Prime Cut (1972) apparently on his way to Hawaii. He comes off rather laid back but still on his toes as he was an old hand at such doings. I always enjoy his talk show appearances and have blogged about them before, such as the Dick Cavett Show and Merv Griffin Show.  However, if you think Marvin talks about Prime Cut think again. He just apparently was not in the mood but you can read al about it in Lee Marvin Point Blank.

Screen grab of Marvin, Ali & Rickles.


  It should be said that Marvin did not always appear sober when interviewed but he seemed to be sober here. I also want to apologize in advance for the quality of the video as I had nothing to do with the transfer since it was uploaded to YouTube by someone else. Mavin shows up at around the 35 minute 8 seconds mark, having followed Ali and comedian Don Adams along with Carson stalwart Ed McMahon. Adams and McMahon, like Marvin, were also in the Marines.
Later on the same video is another clip of a show with Rickles and James Caan along with Karen Black which is pretty funny. Oh, and the clip before Marvin, Rickles & Ali is of Flip Wilson hosting Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows and poker great Amarillo Slim…..if you’re interested, if not, fast forward to Marvin, Rickles & Ali as they are all on their game and VERY funny, especially Ali!
Oh, and a special “thank you” to regular blog follower Shawn Marengo for bringing it to my attention.
Enjoy!

– Dwayne Epstein

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MARSHALL TERRILL: STEVE MCQUEEN IN HIS OWN WORDS

Marshall Terrill, fellow biographer of film, music, and sports personalities, has unleashed his latest, and in my opinion, greatest work on the life and legacy of Steve McQueen. It’s a coffee table book that clocks in at over 500 pages, weighs over five pounds and is titled, aptly enough, Steve McQueen: In His Own Words. It is indeed exactly what the title states but it’s also infinitely more. Hundreds of rare color and black and white photos celebrates the man, films, passions and legacy of McQueen. 

Publisher’s description of Marshall Terrill’s new book.


 Why is a Lee Marvin website dedicating a blog entry to a Steve McQueen tome? Well, as any reader of this blog can tell you, Marshall was the reason I came to write Lee Marvin Point Blank and I’m simply returning the favor…kinda. 
I had indeed previously explained how I came to write about Lee Marvin via a conversation with Marshall Terrill. Interested parties can read about that here.

Marshall’s inscription to me that he recently sent to me. Typical of our relationship.


   That aside, I had long been a Steve McQueen fan since seeing Papillon in the theaters and then fortuitously seeing The Great Escape on TV later that same night. Talk about timing! The thing is, sometimes an actor is more than just appreciated. Sometimes, for reasons that are too personal to go into, an actor speaks to an audience member on a most personal and influential level that speaks volumes. Such was the effect McQueen had on me. 
   That said, Marshall Terrill has captured that essence in his book. It is fan’s tribute to be sure as you won’t find mention of the actor’s substance abuse, mistreatment of women or other unsavory aspects of the man that has come since his passing. Those are other books, not this one. So, if you’re a fan, by all means check out Steve McQueen: In His Own Words by Marshall Terrill. If you want to know more about him and what the lasting legacy is all about, this is worth it. Yeah, it’s not cheap but it’s definitely worth it. As Steve Allen once aptly said to me, “A book may cost more than a bottle of booze but lasts much longer.” I couldn’t agree more and Marshall’s book is proof.
– Dwayne Epstein

Back dust cover of Marshall’s book.

Inside front endpage.

Inside back endpage. Want to see more? Then get STEVE McQUEEN: IN HIS OWN WORDS.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK!

As the title says, happy holidays from Lee Marvin Point Blank!
Lee Marvin: Point Blank by Dwayne Epstein (cover)
Although it’s already well into December, it’s still not too late to order your copy in its various formats listed below for yourself, for a family member, or good friend who is a Marvin fan, or just wants to know more about him and his fascinating life. I’ve always thought of a book as the perfect gift for someone, as it’s useful and relatively inexpensive compared to other items you can get. As Steve Allen said to me when I interviewed him back in 1997: “I will never understand why people complain about the cost of books. It’s still cheaper than a bottle of good liquor and lasts a hell of a lot longer.”
Even if you already have a copy — and thank you if you do — it’s not too late to consider it as a Christmas or Hannukah gift (Dec. 12th-20th) this year. Don’t let the fact that it’s been out for a while dissuade you, as it’s still selling pretty well. In fact, just a few months ago, the Kindle squeaked into Amazon’s Top 100….

Amazon’s List of Top 100 biographies, Sept. 2017.

Amazon ad for Lee Marvin Point Blank recently sent via e-mail.

Amazon has also taken to continue advertising the title among similar books, which is a good thing… and quite surprising for a four year old title!
As to the formats, they are below and links are included for purchase online via both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Amazons link are in boldface blue in the heading, while I placed the Barnes & Noble links at the end of each listing….
Hardcover: Still very much available and in stock as a new title. Includes 2 separate photo sections placed appropriately in the text, with most of them never having been published before. Cool & classic dust jacket, too, makes for a great holiday morning surprise, all designed by graphic design wizard Jake Kiehle! (Barnes & Noble)
Trade Paperback: Includes all of the text as the hardcover, as well as the photos, but is compiled in one section not two, as is common for trade paperbacks. There are extras, such as an interview with yours truly about the book and topics for discussion.  (Barnes & Noble)
E-book: Kindle or Nook: Amazon’s Kindle has proven to be quite popular so there must be something to it. I haven’t seen it myself but it sells more in that format than any other. Personally, I think it’s good thing as my agent, Mike Hamilburg, and publisher Tim Schaffner worked it out for me to get a larger percentage of the royalty in that format, so who am I to complain? (Barnes & Noble’s Nook)
By the way, the title is also available online as an Apple iBook, and at Powell’s BooksBooks-a-Million, and IndieBound, locating your favorite neighborhood bookstore by zip code.
And so, there you have it. An easy way to get the perfect gift for a loved one without the hassle of going to the mall. Of course, if you’d like to, the book is still available there, as well. If they don’t have it, demand it as your right as consumer!
As Christopher Marvin once told me, whenever he got anxious as a child for an upcoming event, his father advised him, “Relax, kid. We all get to Christmas at the same time.” Well, it is upon us and to one and all I wish you each happy holidays!
– Dwayne Epstein

Have a happy holiday season from Lee Marvin Point Blank…OR ELSE!

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