Newsday TV Book Reviews

Medium Fun and Games: The Newsday Reviews of John Cashman

"Thanks for this! I grew up reading Newsday and remember Cashman's byline. Nice tribute!" -Shawn Levy, film critic (The Oregonian)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pre-introduction Update.

Again, it's been a while since the last updating, so I hope to get some more "new" John Cashman reviews on here soon, plus additions to the various side lists. If this is your first visit to NTVBR, the particulars of my strange obsession follow.

(I also suggest that at some point you check out this post (and then this one... and then this one) from my regular blog for a look at the fantastical art of Gary A. Viskupic, one of the regular illustrators for these TV Books...)

So here's the 5/22/17 Update: I've been writing weekly posts about the 1972 Newsday TV Books on my main blog, so you can head over there to see lots more Cashman reviews in the photos I've uploaded. Also, I've never used orange as my text color before, so, you know, that's pretty exciting. Oh, and I've acquired sixteen more TV Books. They're all from 1983, which I had set as the year which marked the end of my nostalgia mania, and thus one I would absolutely not collect from. Now I'm thinking about getting the ones from 1984 still listed on eBay. Bob help me. And I'm still toying with the idea of a comprehensive guide, as in writing up all Cashman's reviews (Bob, are you there? Bob? I need help Bob!), but for now this collection of chosen reviews will do.

But I've saved the biggest news of all for last: I had a correspondence with one of Cashman's children and it's taken me a mere four years to get some of the info she related to me included here in the introduction! (My news breaks like a hydroelectric dam. Slowly, over much time.)  Enjoy!

5 Comments:

Blogger justjo said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I loved reading the Newsday movie reviews as a kid. I hadn't thought about them in years, then the other night my husband was watching an old movie & couldn't quite name the very young actress who was heating up the screen. I blurted out, "That's the passionate Yvonne DeCarlo!" So now I've had to search the Internet in an effort to explain to him why I find Yvonne DeCarlo to be so passionate.

Do you have the review of "Gunga Din"? Couldn't find it on your list. I think it began with, "Simply the grandest adventure film ever made... " and ended with, "Sam Jaffe and an elephant". Abner Biberman was in there, too.

Finding your blog has been like finding buried treasure. I look forward to spending time re-reading these. Thanks again.

December 1, 2011 at 1:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger psaur said...

Thanks, jj, for the nice words and encouragement. I'm glad you enjoyed rediscovering these. That's exactly why I share them.

It's interesting to me that you quote from memory a Cashman review that's a genuine rave and not a one-line zinger like I've concentrated on here. Interesting because I've often considered compiling all the Cashman reviews I have (this site represents a fraction), kinda like a Maltin or Ebert guide. I'd then highlight the really amusing ones. That way it'd become both a comprehensive movie buff's guide and an easy perusal for the funnier stuff.

At other times, that seems like a tremendous waste of time, even for this dedicated preserver of obscurity. So I'll count your comment as a vote towards that end.

Since, statistically, there are bound to be others who saw my site, agree with your sentiment but didn't comment, I'm just gonna go ahead and count your vote as, like, four votes. And I really don't need much more encouragement than that. Consider it done!

Someday.

February 5, 2012 at 2:34:00 PM PST  
Blogger The O'Shaughnessys said...

Keep them coming! Your blog should be so popular I won't have to explain who Hugh Pepper is.

February 19, 2012 at 10:55:00 AM PST  
Blogger vtbuddha@yahoo.com said...

I am John Cashman's youngest daughter, patricia.
My father died in 1985. He was a great writer.
It was weird to see his reviews online. I never thought anyone else appreciated his wit. Thanks.

May 25, 2012 at 11:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger psaur said...

Wow, great to hear from you! I'm glad you appreciate that your father's reviews continue to be read and enjoyed online. You might be surprised to learn just how many people find my blog by searching his name or "70's newsday movie reviews" or something like that. Please keep checking in, I hope to get a lot more of his work up here...

June 14, 2012 at 11:24:00 AM PDT  

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