Wicked Branson, Missouri

Wicked Branson, Missouri

by Edward L. & Karen J. Underwood with John Pinney, Karen J. Underwood, John Pinney (With)


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Branson's wholesome brand of entertainment made it the nation's destination for family fun, but the vacation wonderland can't claim a spotless past. Murder and mischief dogged the town's efforts at respectability from the very beginning. The founder's own brother, Galba Branson, was a prominent member of the notorious vigilante gang the Bald Knobbers. He died in a picnic shootout that originated in a church prank. Branson's transformation into a showbiz mecca brought quarrel and scandal in its wake, from provoked orangutans to wire-tapped dressing rooms. Three comedians and authors--Ed and Karen Underwood and John Pinney--offer this backstage pass to the seamier side of Branson's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467137119
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 02/20/2017
Series: Wicked
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,192,125
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Authors of Forgotten Tales of Arkansas and Haunted Springfield, Missouri, Ed and Karen Underwood met John Pinney while performing in Branson. Their collaborative show, The Saucy Cabaret, takes the stage at comedy clubs, theaters and corporate events across the country. They have created a Wicked Branson page on their website, saucycabaret.com, full of additional fun facts and material on the town's history.

Table of Contents

Foreword Todd Robbins 9

Introduction 11

Branson Begins 15

The Legend of the Devil's Den 21

The Murder Rock 31

Up from the Ashes, Up from the Mud 35

The Seer of the Ozarks 39

A Stroke of Bad Luck 51

The Thoroughly Modern Toby 53

The True First Standing Show in Branson 55

The Writer and the Rogue 57

Of Prophets and Profits 61

The Mormons Are Coming! The Mormons Are Coming! 69

Who Do You Do? 71

The Glamorous Life of a Branson Entertainer 75

Confessions of a Stand-Up Comic 85

Taxicab Confessions 93

The Branson Files 97

Too Much Monkey Business 97

Knock Three Times 101

You Ain't from Around Here, Are Ya? 105

Because I Said So, That's Why 106

The Cranky Tennis Pro and the Very Diligent Police 107

Rich Branson, Poor Branson 110

Backstage Is No Place for a Lady 113

Sully's Place 115

Big Names and Crying Shames 119

Where the Happy Trails End 123

When Branson Imitates Life 129

Silver and Cold 133

Bibliography 137

About the Authors and Illustrator 139

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