Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask

Red Skelton The Mask Behind the Mask For than twenty years Hoosier comic Red Skelton entertained millions of viewers who gathered around their television sets to delight in the antics of such notable characters as Freddie the Freeloader

  • Title: Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask
  • Author: Wes D. Gehring
  • ISBN: 9780871952752
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For than twenty years, Hoosier comic Red Skelton entertained millions of viewers who gathered around their television sets to delight in the antics of such notable characters as Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kaddiddlehopper, Cauliflower McPugg, and Sheriff Deadeye Noted film historian Wes D Gehring examines the man behind the characterssomeone who never let the factsFor than twenty years, Hoosier comic Red Skelton entertained millions of viewers who gathered around their television sets to delight in the antics of such notable characters as Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kaddiddlehopper, Cauliflower McPugg, and Sheriff Deadeye Noted film historian Wes D Gehring examines the man behind the characterssomeone who never let the facts get in the way of a good story Gehring delves into Skelton s hardscrabble life with a shockingly dysfunctional family in the southern Indiana community of Vincennes, his days on the road on the vaudeville circuit, the comedian s early success on radio, his up and down movie career with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and his sometimes tragic personal life.

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    1. I loved the book! I love the subject matter! When I was just a little girl, my parents couldn't refuse to let me stay up late to watch Red Skelton. The author is a professor of film at Ball State University in Indiana. His book focuses more on how Mr. Skelton got his start from humble beginnings with his radio career eventually progressing to nearly two decades long comedy show on TV. There is significant personal information as well; and the author was fortunate enough to have met and interview [...]

    2. Like many, I grew up watching Red Skelton on Tuesday nights. He was an icon to me and this biography helped show that he was a genius, yet still was a flawed human being. It takes a different type of person to succeed in the entertainment field and Red had what it took. The book helped showcase his comic genius which also had its downside in a perpetual insecurity. I've heard this about many that have climbed the ivory towers of the entertainment industry. This book helped me to see Red as a fla [...]

    3. For all the Skelton controversy revealed in Gehring's biography, it was a "Foreword Magazine" "Biography Finalist" at BookExpo (NYC,2009)."One of the icons of early television comedy, Red Skelton was man of many layers. Mostly masks. "Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask" tells the story of the man who brought joy to millions, and how there wasn't much joy for him growing up. While he was all smiles when the camera was on, Red was anything but when the cameras were off. Telling his life story i [...]

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