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The autobiography of the voice of Fred Flintstone is brought to life by veteran radio-theater producer Joe Bevilacqua and Alan Reed Jr., featuring rare interviews with Alan Reed himself, an interview with Joe Barbera, and clips from Reed's radio, TV, and film career, including The Fred Allen Show, The Shadow, The Life of Riley, Life with Luigi, Duffy's Tavern, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Viva Zapata, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Flintstones.
This is an enhanced unabridged audiobook of the print book, which can be purchased from Amazon.com.
©2010 Alan Reed, Jr. (P)2011 Alan Reed Jr., Joe Bevilacqua
"Alan Reed, the voice of Fred, is no longer with us, but Joe’s done his damnedest to bring him back in a five-hour, six minute audio book called 'Yabba Dabba Doo!: The Alan Reed Story.' Fans of old radio shows should be delighted to hear that contained within the mound of audio (if audio came in mounds) is Bill Marx narrating letters Fred Allen wrote to Reed. People may not realise Alan’s Falstaff Openshaw character was an early resident of Allen’s famous Alley; Allen used the Falstaff character to comment on political and social affairs through rhyming verse. Allen gave ownership of Falstaff to Reed when he left the show. The Openshaw voice was the one Reed used for ‘Frederick’ Flintstone in'“The Split Personality' (1960)." Don Yowp, yowpyowp.blogspot.com)
A lively tribute to the life of character actor and cartoon voice Alan Reed, spiced by background music and audio clips of radio/TV shows and movies. Most of it is read
by Alan Reed Jr. (whose father had died in 1977) but there are some bits spoken
by Reed himself from 1970s interviews. Joe Barbera is heard commenting on Alan's
work with The Flintstones (as Fred) and the creation of the series. Bill Marx narrates
some letters Fred Allen wrote to Reed.
Teddy Bergman, later to become Alan Reed, was determined to be a stage actor, including
a job in Oklahoma City and a dramatic academy. He found his way into what we now call old time radio (comedy/drama) and there are many clips of hilarious or dramatic
moments from Baby Snooks, The Shadow, Fred Allen (where he did the Falstaff
character), The Mel Blanc Show (an early partnership, years before they played
Fred and Barney). Movie clips, too, and it's amazing to hear all the parts Alan played
over the years. Joe Bevilacqua, who turns up doing some narration, puts in backing
music and various clips which make this a nostalgia trip into the Golden Age of
Radio. I really enjoyed all the clips, the inside info, and the journey into the life of
a skillful character actor--the man who decided the best way to express
Fred Flintstone's exuberance at life was to shout out, "Yabba Dabba Doo!"
I bough the book expecting to learn a bit more about old time radio. I discovered an intimate portrait of a complex and accomplished person who overcame a difficult start to accomplish a great deal for himself and his family.
The title is ???Yabba Dabba Doo!??? yet the section devoted to details and trivia about that show was less than 30 mins. Kinda bummed and would have liked more. I guess it???s cool for those that want to hear clips of all the shows Alan Reed worked on in his career. I had to skip to nearly the end the locate the (in my opinion) yabba-dabba-doo-worthy material.
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