Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyRandall, one of America's wittiest and most endearing supporting actors makes his literary debut with a disappointing dud. A collection of personal and overheard anecdotes about mostly obscure folks from show business (and an uninspired final chapter featuring his decorated drawings of mock headstones, such as ``Heeeeeeeeeere'sJohnny'' for the mighty Carson), this trip down memory lane is filled with a slew of ``you-kind-of-had-to-be-there'' endings, instead of delivered punchlines. Co-written by Mindlin, a show-biz pal of the actor who has worked in publicity and production, this volume of 10-second recollections contains a few brief shining moments, but even those pale in comparison to the brilliant tales that Randall spins when he is in front of a camera on late-night talk shows. Photos not seen by PW . (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library JournalActor Randall, also noted as a highly entertaining storyteller, has compiled his best show business stories with the help of Mindlin, a close friend and also a raconteur. Unlike David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon (LJ 3/15/72), Randall makes no effort at autobiography except in passing comments. The chapter headings group stories in general categories, such as touring stories, fans, practical jokes, etc. The tales are simply strung together, each one funnier than the last. The stories are often gossipy, sometimes scandalous, and always hilarious. The lack of continuity may bother some readers, but this is a great book for browsing. Definitely a laugh a minute.-- Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
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What a funny and enchanting stroll through Tony Randall's career memories. This book is Tony's autobiography, narrated by his meetings and relationships within his colleagues and cast members. FFFUUUNNNYY stories of his encounters with Hollywood's stage and screen legends. Amusing antedotes of his encounters with management and production people. For those of us who enjoy the life and times of Hollywood legend this book rates proudly next to ME , by Katherine Hepburn. This is an important chronicle logging Hollywood's history. And did I mention how fffffffuuuuuuuunnnnnnyyyyyyyyy this book is?