From Beneath the Hollywood Sign

Steve Cubine & Nan McNamara

If the Golden era of Old Hollywood is your thing, our podcast is for you! If you want TYRONE POWER instead of TOM HARDY, JENNIFER JONES instead of JENNIFER LAWRENCE, or ROBERT MITCHUM rather than ROBERT PATTINSON, then FROM BENEATH THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN is the gin joint for you. Each week, writer and producer STEVE CUBINE and actress and writer NAN MCNAMARA explore, discuss, and dissect the magical, mysterious, amusing, and sometimes bizarre tales of Old Hollywood. So sit back and revisit a time when the pictures were still big and everyone was ready for their close-up. read less
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"OLD HOLLYWOOD'S FORBIDDEN LOVE STORY: LON McCALLISTER & WILLIAM EYTHE" (#040)
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"OLD HOLLYWOOD'S FORBIDDEN LOVE STORY: LON McCALLISTER & WILLIAM EYTHE" (#040)
From Beneath The Hollywood Sign is thrilled to welcome our newest sponsor, www.HappyMammoth.com. Use code BENEATH at checkout for 15% off of your entire first order! EPISODE 40 - “Old Hollywood's Forbidden Love Story/ Lon McCallister & William Eythe” - 06/17/2024 As we celebrate gay pride month in June, Nan and Steve bring a special episode about 20th Century Fox contract players LON McCALLISTER and WILLIAM EYTHE. Both were handsome, talented, and on their way to becoming major film stars. But there was only one problem — the two young men had fallen in love and wanted to live their lives as a couple. This love was forbidden back then and went against the wishes of 20th Century Fox studio head DARRYL F. ZANUCK. Listen to this inspiring and heartbreaking story of their love story.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Behind the Scenes: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood (2001), by William J. Mann; It Might As Well Be Spring (1987), by Margaret Whiting; “Terrific Trio,” May 1944, by Marcia Daughtrey, Modern Screen; “Keyhole Portrait: William Eythe,” June 4, 1944, by Harriet Parson, Los Angeles Examiner; “Bill Eythe’s Triumph Over Pain,” April 1, 1945, New York Times; “The Role I Liked Best…” September 2, 1950, by Lon McCallister, The Saturday Evening Post; “Film Actor Eythe Jailed on Writ of Former Wife,” September 4, 1950, Los Angeles Daily News; “Actor Suffered Hangover in Durance Vile,” June 3, 1952, Los Angeles Daily News; “William Eythe, Producer, Held as Drunk Driver,” June 4, 1952, Los Angeles Times; “Eythe, McCallister Prep ‘Joy Ride’ for Broadway,” March 12, 1956, Hollywood Reporter; “William Eythe Ill With Hepatitis, Condition Serious,” January 26, 1957, by Hedda Hopper, Los Angeles Times; “William Eythe Dies,” January 28, 1957, The Hollywood Reporter; Lon McCallister, 82, Actor Had Brief but Busy Career Before Becoming Investor,” June 18, 2005, by Mary Rourke, Los Angeles Times; “McCallister’s Heart Outshine His Stardom,” June 21, 2005, by Robert Osborne, Hollywood Reporter; “Mars Actor Had Meteoric Career,” February 4, 2007, by Sandy Marwick, Butler-Eagle Focus; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  The Other Woman (1942), starring Virginia Gilmore, Dan Duryea, and Lon McCallister; Stage Door Canteen (1943), starring Katharine Hepburn, Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, and Lon McCallister; The Ox-Bow Incident (1945), starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Henry Morgan, and Mary Beth Hughes; The Moon Is Down (1936), starring Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Travers, and Lee J. Cobb; The Song of Bernadette (1943), starring Jennifer Jones, Vincent Price, Charles Bickford, and William Eythe;  The Eve of St. Mark (1943), starring William Eythe and Anne Baxter; A Wing and a Prayer (1944), starring Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, and William Eythe; Wilson (1944), starring Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and William Eythe; Home In Indiana (1944), starring Lon McCallister, Jeanne Crain, and June Haver; Winged Victory (1944), starring Lon McCallister, Edmond O’Brien, and Jeanne Crain; A Royal Scandal (1945), starring Tallulah Bankhead, Lon McCallister, and Anne Baxter; The House On 92nd Street (1945), starring Signe Hasso and William Eythe; Centennial Summer (1946), starring Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, and William Eythe; The Red House (1947), starring Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, and Judith Anderson; Thunder in the Valley (1947), starring Edmund Gwenn, Peggy Ann Garner, and Lon McCallister; Scud Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948), starring Lon McCallister, Walter Brennan, and June Haver; Meet Me at Dawn (1947) starring William Eythe and Hazel Court; The Big Cat (1949), starring Lon McCallister and Peggy Ann Garner; The Story of Sea Biscuit (1949), starring Lon McCallister and Shirley Temple; The Boy From Indiana (1950), starring Lon McCallister and Lois Butler; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"FATHER KNOWS BEST: CLASSIC CINEMA'S BEST (AND WORST!) DADS" (039)
Jun 10 2024
"FATHER KNOWS BEST: CLASSIC CINEMA'S BEST (AND WORST!) DADS" (039)
From Beneath The Hollywood Sign is thrilled to welcome our newest sponsor, www.HappyMammoth.com. Use code BENEATH at checkout for 15% off of your entire first order! EPISODE 39 - “Father Knows Best: Classic Cinema's Best (and Worst!) Dads” - 06/10/2024 When you stop to think about the great fathers of classic cinema, Atticus Finch, the mild-mannered Southern lawyer in “To Kill A Mocking Bird” (1962), has to be at the top of the list. But who else would be on that list? And what about the horrible fathers of old Hollywood? As you scramble to find that last minute tie or cologne for dear old Dad for Father’s Day, make sure you check out this week’s episode where Steve and Nan celebrate some of old Hollywood’s most memorable fathers — the good and the bad.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: “20 Best and Worst Movie Fathers,” June 19, 2020, by David Fear, Rolling Stone.com “Noah Cross (John Huston) Character Analysis: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know,”  schmoop.com Yahoo.com RogerEbert.com IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  How Green Was My Valley (1941), starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, Patric Knowles, Anna Lee, Roddy McDowell, Sara Allgood, and Barry Fitzgerald; Bicycle Thieves (1948), starring Vittorio De Sica, Enzo Staiola, and Lianella Carell;  Splendor in the Grass (1961), starring Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden, Zorah Lampert, Sandy Dennis, and Phyllis Diller; The Heiress (1949), starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Vanessa Brown, and Mona Freeman; The Swiss Family Robinson (1960), starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, and Janet Munro; Shane (1953), starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Helfin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Elisha Cook Jr, and Ellen Corby; Chinatown (1974), starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, Diane Ladd, and John Hillerman; Rebel Without A Cause (1955), starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper, Jim Backus, Corey Allen, Ann Doran, Nick Adams, William Hopper, and Edward Platt; Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), starring Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O’Brien, Agnes Moorhead, James Craig, Jackie “Butch” Jenkins, Frances Gifford, Morris Carnovsky, and Sara Haden; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“RUTH ROMAN: STAR OF THE MONTH (JUNE)” (#038)
Jun 3 2024
“RUTH ROMAN: STAR OF THE MONTH (JUNE)” (#038)
EPISODE 38 - “Ruth Roman: Star of the Month (June)” - 06/03/2024 RUTH ROMAN was more than a pretty face; she was a survivor! She survived childhood poverty, the fickle nature of Hollywood, the wrath of Alfred Hitchcock, several marriages, and the sinking of the luxury liner Andrea Doria in 1956. Yes, Roman was a warrior. This week, Roman is our Star of the Month for June. Join us as we take a look at her life and her long and fruitful career, where her versatility kept her working for five decades in great films such as “Good Sam” (1948), “The Window” (1949), “Strangers On A Train” (1951), and “The Far Country” (1954). SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film (1998), by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry; Ruth Roman: A Career Portrait (2022), by Derek Sculthorpe; “Stardom Seen for Ruth Roman,” December 11, 1949, by Hedda Hopper, The Los Angeles Times;  “The Progress of a Rising Star: Ruth Roman,” May 1, 1950, Life Magazine; “Hollywood Hasn’t Changed Her,” May 17, 1950, by Lloyd L. Sloan, The Hollywood Citizen News; “Roman Holiday,” August 12, 1950, Look Magazine; Bachelor Girl Life Liked by Ruth Roman,” August 29, 1950, by Ruth Roman, The Los Angeles Evening Herald; “The Role I Liked Best,” November 4, 1950, by Ruth Roman, The Saturday Evening Post; “Ruth Roman Aiming at Film Personality,” November 26, 1950, by John L. Scott, The Los Angeles Times; “Film Star and Radio Executive Plan No Honeymoon,” December 18, 1950, by Louella Parsons, The LA Examiner; “Hollywood’s ROMAN Candle,” March 17, 1951, by Gladden Hill, Colliers Magazine; “6-Pound Boy Born To Ruth Roman,” November 13, 1952, The Hollywood Citizen News; “Matrimony, Motherhood Revive’s Ruth’s Career,” February 1, 1953, by Edwin Schallert, The Los Angeles Times;  “Ruth Roman Saves Her Son,3, and Loses Dress,” July 27, 1956, by Ruth Roman, The Hollywood Citizen News; “Weeping Ruth Roman Reunited With Her Son,” July 28, 1956, The LA Examiner; “Hall To Leave Ruth Roman for Diana Lynn,” October 9, 1956, by Louella Parsons, The LA Examiner; “Ruth Roman says ‘I Do’ in Panama,” November 9, 1956, The Los Angeles Times;  “SeeSaw Star Isn’t Tumbling,” May 13, 1959, by Margaret Harford, The Mirror News; “Annulment of Marriage Won by Ruth Roman,” August 11, 1961, The Los Angeles Times; “Ruth Roman Just Unsinkable Star,” October 30, 1963, by Hal Humphrey, The Los Angeles Times; “Passing Time Has Left Ruth Roman Untouched,” January 10, 1971, by Jim Meyer, The Miami Herald ; “Ruth Roman,” April 1973, by Don Stance, Film Fan Monthly Magazine;  “Ruth Roman: The Ride of a New Roman Empire,” January 1986, Los Angeles Magazine; “Ruth Roman, 75, Glamorous and Wholesome Star, Dies,” September 11, 1999, by William Honan, The New York Times; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Stage Door Canteen  (1943); Ladies Courageous (1944); Since You Went Away (1944); Song of Nevada (1944); Jungle Queen (1945); You Came Along (1945); Incendiary Blonde (1945); Gilda (1946); The Big Clock (1948); Good Sam (1948); Belle Starr's Daughter (1948); The Window (1949); Champion (1949); Beyond The Forest (1949); Always Leave Them Laughing (1949); Barricade (1950); Colt .45 (1950); Three Secrets (1950); Dallas (1950); Lightning Strikes Twice (1951); Strangers On A Train (1951); Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951); Invitation (1952); Mara Mara (1952); Young Man With Ideas (1952); Blowing Wild (1953); The Far Country (1954); Down Three Dark Streets (1954); Great Day In The Morning (1956); Rebel In Town (1956); 5 Steps To Danger (1956); Bitter Victory (1957); Desert Desperados (1959); Love Has Many Faces (1965); Go Ask Alice (1973); The Baby (1973); The Killing Kind (1973); Impulse (1974); Day Of The Animals (1977); --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"MEMORIAL DAY MOVIES" (#037)
May 27 2024
"MEMORIAL DAY MOVIES" (#037)
EPISODE 37 - “Memorial Day Movies” - 05/27/2024 War is Hell. As our nation prepares to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives defending our freedom on Memorial Day, Steve and Nan offer up a special episode where they will discuss a few war-themed films that have resonated with them over the years. Their choices cover everything from the Civil War to World War II.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: 100 Great War Movies: The Real History Behind the Films (2018), by Robert J. Niemi; 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die (2009), by Steven Jay Schneider; Hollywood War Movies, 1937-1945 (1996), by Michael S. Shull and David Edward Wilt; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Sergeant York (1941), starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Margaret Wycherly, George Tobias, June Lockhart, Dickie Moore, Ward Bond, and ,Noah Beery, Jr; Mrs. Miniver (1942), starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Witty, Richard Ney, Reginald Owen, and Henry Travers;  So Proudly We Hail (1943), starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica, Lake, George Reeves, Sonny Tufts, Barbara Britton, Mary Treen, Cora Witherspoon, and Walter Abel; 12 O’Clock High (1949), starring Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Millard Mitchell, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, John Kellogg, Richard Anderson, Robert Patten, and Lawrence Dobbin; Operation Petticoat (1959), starring Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill, Joan O’Brien, Arthur O’Connell, Marion Ross, Gavin MacLeod, and Dick Sergeant; Shenandoah (1965), starring James Stewart, Patrick Wayne, Glenn Corbett, Phillip Alford, Doug McClure, Rosemary Forsythe, Katharine Ross, Harry Carey, Jr, Strother Martin, and George Kennedy; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD CLONES: THE REMAKING OF A MOVIE STAR" (#036)
May 20 2024
"CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD CLONES: THE REMAKING OF A MOVIE STAR" (#036)
EPISODE 36 - “Classic Hollywood Clones: The Remaking of a Movie Star” - 05/20/2024 SHOW NOTES:  They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. That may not be the case when it came to the star system of old Hollywood. When an actor like CLARK GABLE or GRETA GARBO or ROCK HUDSON emerged as a star, every studio in town tried to capitalize and create their own version. For every MARILYN MONROE, there’s a dozen CLEO MOOREs. Often studios would groom an actor with similar looks and skills to be a “threat” to bigger stars who become difficult to work with, or get older and less appealing, or refuse to appear in assigned films. Most of the stars groomed as a threat to a bigger star usually faded into obscurity, but others learned to get out of the looming shadow of the big star and carve out a career of their own. So this week, we pay tribute to the stars who got their starts by being groomed to replace another star. Sources: Jayne Mansfield: A Biography (1973), by May Mann; Clark Gable: A Biography (2005), by Warren G. Harris; Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon (2018), by Charles Casillo; Ingrid Bergman: My Story (1980), by Ingrid Bergman; High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly (2017), by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE COLUMBIA PICTURES’ TORCH LADY AND MGM’s LEO, THE LION" (#035)
May 13 2024
"THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE COLUMBIA PICTURES’ TORCH LADY AND MGM’s LEO, THE LION" (#035)
EPISODE 35 - “The Mystery Behind the Columbia Pictures’ Torch Lady and MGM’s Leo, the Lion” - 05/13/2024 Every major Hollywood studio has its recognizable logo. Paramount has its “mountain of stars,” 20th Century Fox has its roving klieg lights, and RKO has its radio towers. But two of the most famous studio logos have to be MGM’s “Leo, the lion” and Columbia’s regal “torch lady.” In this week’s episode, Steve and Nan dive into the history of these two iconic symbols of Hollywood excellence. From the image design to the models used to the roaring lions, we will tell you how these two ever-evolving images came to represent two of Hollywood’s finest movie studios. SHOW NOTES:  Sources: “The Story Behind Columbia Pictures’ Iconic Logo: How Photographer Found Model for 1992 Shoot,” One 8, 2023, by Tommy McArdle, People magazine; “The Complete History of the Columbia Pictures Logo,” by Rachel Smith, Hatchwise.com; “The Story of the Most Famous Lion,” April 17, 2107, by Kat Escher, Smithsonian Magazine; “The Brief History of the MGM Lion,” June 25, 2022, www.silvescreenings.org; “The MGM Lion,” April 15. 2020, The Vernacular; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"MOTHER KNOWS BEST: CLASSIC CINEMA'S BEST (AND WORST!) MOMS" (034)
May 6 2024
"MOTHER KNOWS BEST: CLASSIC CINEMA'S BEST (AND WORST!) MOMS" (034)
In “It’s A Wonderful Life,” BEULAH BONDI played the most loving mother to JAMES STEWART. Ma Bailey is the epitome of sweetness, kindness, and supportiveness so it’s quite shocking when we meet the Ma Bailey who would have existed had George Bailey not been born. She’s cold, bitter, and unkind. It gives Bondi the wonderful opportunity to play two versions of the same character, which she does flawlessly. So to celebrate Mother’s Day, Nan and Steve are taking a page from Bondi’s playbook as they discuss the good and bad mothers of classic cinema.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Moms in the Movies (2014), by Richard Corliss; Actresses of a Certain Character (2007), by Axel Nissen; Irene Dunne: First Lady of Hollywood (2006), by Wes D. Gehring; Shelley: Also Known as Shirley (1981), by Shelley Winters; Gene Tierney: Self Portrait (1979), by Gene Tierney and Mickey Herkowitz; “Mrs. Miniver: The film that Goebbels Feared,” February 9, 2015, by Fiona Macdonald, February 9, 2015, BBC.com;  "Greer Garson, 92, Actress, Dies; Won Oscar for 'Mrs. Miniver’,” April 7, 1996, by Peter B. Flint, New York Times; “Stella Dallas,” August 6, 1937, New York Times Film Review; “Barbara Stanwyck, Actress, Dead at 82,” Jan. 22, 1990, by Peter B. Flint, New York Times; “1989 Kennedy Center Honors, Claudette Colbert,” Kennedy-Center.org; “Moving Story of War Against Japan: ‘Three Came Home’,” by Bosley Crowther, Feb. 21, 1950, New York Times Film Review; “Queen of Diamonds: Angela Lansbury on ‘The Manchurian Candidate’,” 2004; “Manchurian Candidate: Old Failure, Is Now A Hit,” by Aljean Harmetz, February 24, 1988, New York Times; “Jo Van Fleet,” by Dan Callahan, May 10, 2017, Film Comment;  “Pacific’s largely forgotten Oscar winner made impact on screen,” March 3, 2024,  University of the Pacific; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com Movies Mentioned:  The Grapes of Wrath (1940), starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, and Charley Grapewin; The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Henry Morgan, Jane Darwell, Anthony Quinn, and William Eythe; Mrs. Miniver (1942), starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Henry Travers, and Richard Ney; Leave Her To Heaven (1945), starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Mary Phillips, and Darryl Hickman; The Manchurian Candidate (1962), starring Lawrence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury; The Manchurian Candidate (2004), starring Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Live Schreiber, and Jeffrey Wight; Gaslight (1944), starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Angela Lansbury; I Remember Mama (1948), starring Irene Dunne, Philip Dorn, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oscar Homolka, Ellen Corby, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and Barbara O’Neil; Stella Dallas (1937), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Shirley, John Boles, Barbara O’Neil, and Alan Hale; Stella (1990), starring Bette Midler, Trini Alvarado, John Goodman, Stephen Collins, Marsha Mason, and Eileen Brennan; White Heat (1949), starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien, Steve Cochran, Margaret Wycherly, Fred Clark, and John Archer; The Little Foxes (1941), starring Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Patricia Collinge, Dan Duryea, and Richard Carlson; The Ten Commandments (1956), starring Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne DeCarlo, Martha Scott, John Derek, Debra Paget, Vincent Price, and John Carradine; Three Came Home (1950), starring Claudette Colbert. Sessue Hayakawa, and Patric Knowles;  A Patch of Blue (1965), starring Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, and Elizabeth Fraser; East of Eden (1955), starring James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, and Jo Van Fleet --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“ZACHARY SCOTT: STAR OF THE MONTH (MAY)” (033)
Apr 29 2024
“ZACHARY SCOTT: STAR OF THE MONTH (MAY)” (033)
EPISODE 33 - “Zachary Scott: Star of the Month (May)” - 04/29/2024 Suave, debonaire, and effortlessly charming, ZACHARY SCOTT is best known for his role in MICHAEL CURTIZ's film noir classic Mildred Pierce (1945). As the duplicitous, silver-tongued charmer Monte Beragon, he romances Mildred, played by JOAN CRAWFORD (in her Oscar-winning role), and Mildred's daughter, Veda (ANN BLYTH). This became Scott's signature role: the sexy cad who was usually at his best swindling, seducing, or being a general scoundrel. It was always fun watching Scott's dastardly ways unfold. He could rock a tux, looked naked without a martini in his hand, and always had a cigarette close by. He was so magnetic that he could even make film-goers feel sorry for him. While he seldom got to play the good guy, when he did, as in what is perhaps one of his best roles in JEAN RENOIR's The Southerner (1945), you realize the versatility that he seldom had the opportunity to display. With a career that included over 40 films and dozens of television roles, ZACHARY SCOTT is our Star of the Month. SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Zachary Scott: Hollywood’s Sophisticated Cad (2009), by Ronald L. Davis; “Actor Zachary Scott, Leading Man for 3 Decades, Dies of Brain Tumor,” October 4, 1965, Akron Bacon Journal “Who Was Zachary Scott?” www.zachtheatre.org; “Zachary Scott’s Guilded Cage,” Spring 2020, by Farren Smith Nehme, www.filmnoirfoundation.org; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Mildred Pierce (1945), starring Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Zachary Scott, Jack Carson, Eve Arden, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, and Butterfly McQueen; The Southerner (1945), starring Zachary Scott, Betty Field, Beulah Bondi, Norman Lloyd, J. Carroll Naish, Jay Gilpin, Jean Vanderwilt, Blanche Yurka, and Percy Kilbride; The Mask of Dimitrios (1944), starring Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet; Hollywood Canteen (1944), starring Bette Davis, John Garfield, Joan Crawford, Joan Leslie, Dane Clark, Joe E, Brown, Barbara Stanwyck, Id Lupino, Sydney Greenstreet, and Jack Benny; Danger Signal (1945), starring Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson, Mona Freeman, Richard Erdman, Rosemary DeCamp, and Joyce Compton; Her Kind Of Man (1946), starring Zachary Scott, Dane Clark, Janis Page, and Faye Emerson; The Unfaithful (1947), starring Ann Sheridan, Lew Ayres, Zachary Scott, and Eve Arden; Stallion Road (1947), starring Ronald Reagan, Alexis Smith, and Zachary Scott; Cass Timberlane (1947), starring Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Zachary Scott, Tom Drake, Mary Astor, Margaret Lindsay, and Albert Dekker; Ruthless (1948), starring Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Sydney Greenstreet, Lucille Bremer, and Martha Vickers; Whiplash (1948), staring Dane Clark, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, S.Z. Sakall, Jefferey Lynn, and Alan Hale Jr; Flamingo Road (1949), starring Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian, Virginia Huston, Gladys George, and Fred Clark; Shadow On The Wall (1950), starring Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, John McIntire, Gigi Perreau, Kristine Miller, and Nancy Davis; Born To Be Bad (1950), starring Joan Fontaine, Zachary Scott, Joan Leslie, Robert Ryan, and Mel Ferrer; Stronghold (1951), starring Veronica Lake, Zachary Scott, and Rita Meceda; The Secret of Convict Lake (1951), starring Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Zachary Scott, Ethel Barrymore, Ann Dvorak, Barbara Bates, and Janette Nolan; Dead On Course (1953), starring Zachary Scott and Kay Kendall; Flame of the Islands (1955), staring Yvonne DeCarlo, Howard Duff, and Zachary Scott; Violent Stranger (1957), starring Zachary Scott, and Faith Domergue; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"THE MARY ASTOR PURPLE DIARY SCANDAL" (032)
Apr 22 2024
"THE MARY ASTOR PURPLE DIARY SCANDAL" (032)
EPISODE 32 - “The Mary Astor Purple Diary Scandal” - 04/22/2024 One of the most scandalous trials in early Hollywood history involved actress MARY ASTOR, who had made a name for herself playing virginal ingenues and good girls. Mary, who had kept a diary for most of her life, found her words used as a sensationalized weapon against her in her quest to regain custody of her 4-year-old child in 1936 after her acrimonious divorce from her doctor husband. The trial made worldwide headlines. Her sexy, salacious diary entries showed the world a more sensual side to our virginal Mary, and, in many ways, helped propel her career into the stratosphere. Listen as we discuss Mary Astor, her life, her career, and her shocking purple diaries that took center stage in a Los Angeles courtroom.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Mary Astor: My Story (1960), by Mary Astor; Mary Astor: A Life on Film (1972), by Mary Astor;  The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s (2016), by Joseph Egan; Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 (2106), by Edward Sorel; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Beau Brummell (1924), starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor; Dodsworth (1936), starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, and Mary Astor; Red Dust (1932), starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Mary Astor: The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), starring Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Madeleine Carroll, Mary Astor, David Niven, Raymond Massey, and C. Aubrey Smith: The Maltese Falcon (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Lee Patrick, and Elisha Cook Jr; The Palm Beach Story (1942), starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, and Rudy Vallee; Act of Violence (1948), starring Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor, and Phyllis Thaxter; Little Women (1949), starring June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, and Peter Lawford; Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorhead, Mary Astor, Victor Buono, Cecil Kellaway, and Bruce Dern; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“THE TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW.”  (031)
Apr 15 2024
“THE TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW.” (031)
EPISODE 31 - “The Turner Classic Movies Film Festival Preview” - 04/15/2024 From April 18th through the 21st, the 15th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival will be held in Hollywood. Steve and Nan were fortunate enough to be invited to be a part of the media that covers the festival this year. To get everyone in the mood, we have a special episode about all the festival and everything you need to know. We will give you an overview of what to expect, and we’ll let you know who is scheduled to attend. In addition, we talk about several movies being shown this year that we are especially excited about.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: TCM.org IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Brooke Smith, Diane Baker; Pulp Fiction (1994) — Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Eric Stoltz, Amanda Plummer, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, and Harvey Keitel;  Lady Sings The Blues (1972) - Starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Scotsman Crothers, Tracee Lyles, Isabel Sanford, and Kay Lewis;  The Big House (1930) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Chester Morris, and Wallace Beery; The Good Fairy (1935) — Margaret Sullavan, Herbert Marshall, Frank Morgan, Reginald Owen, and Cesar Romero; The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (1948) — Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lunch, Virginia Bruce, and William Demarest;  The Model and the Marriage Broker (1952) — Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, and Scott Brady;  The Prisoner of Shark Island (1949) —Starring Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, John Carradine, Harry Carey, Francis Ford, John McGuire, and Paul Fix; Westward The Women (1951) — starring Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson, John McIntire, and Julie Bishop; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“ROBERT WALKER: OLD HOLLYWOOD'S TRAGIC BOY NEXT DOOR” (#030)
Apr 8 2024
“ROBERT WALKER: OLD HOLLYWOOD'S TRAGIC BOY NEXT DOOR” (#030)
EPISODE 30 - “Robert Walker: Old Hollywood’s Tragic Boy Next Door” - 04/08/2024 No one played sensitive, lost souls quite like ROBERT WALKER. However, he is best known for playing one of the most complicated, psychopaths in film history, Bruno Antony in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’s masterpiece “Strangers On A Train” (1951). His journey from playing sensitive innocents to playing Bruno is reflective of his troubled, turbulent life, and the heartbreak from which he never recovered. This week, we’ll discuss the artistry and the tragedy of this incredible actor. SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Star-Crossed: The Story of Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones (1986), by Beverly Linet; Portrait of Jennifer (1995), by Edward Z. Epstein; Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick (1992), by David Thomson; Hollywood On The Couch: A Candid Look at the Overheated Love Affair Between Psychiatrists and Moviemakers (1993), by Marc Green and Stephen Farber; “Biography of Robert Walker,” April 1951, Paramount Pictures;  “I Know Myself Now”, by Marva Anderson, July 1950, Movieland Magazine;  “Actor Walker Dies After Drug Dosage,” August 3, 1951, by Gladwin Hill, New York Times; “Robert Walker: A Great Star Lost,” August 15, 1999, by David Thomson, The Independent On Sunday (London); “An Affair to Forget?” March 1998, by Nick Clooney, American Movie Classics Magazine; “Utahn’s Rising Career in Films Came to a Sudden Tragic End,” July 23, 1999, by E. Hunter Hale, Deseret News; “Robert Walker, Jr. ‘Star Trek’ Actor and Son of Superstars, Dies at 79,” December 6, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Strangers On A Train (1951), starring Robert Walker, Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll, Pat Hitchcock, and Kasey Rogers; New Frontier (1939), starring John Wayne and Phylis Isley (Jennifer Jones); Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939), starring Ralph Byrd and Phylis Isley (Jennifer Jones); Winter Carnival (1939), starring Ann Sheridan, Richard Carlson, and Helen Parrish;  These Glamour Girls (1939), starring Lana Turner, Lew Ayres, Marsha Hunt, Ann Rutherford, Mary Beth Hughes, Richard Carlson, and Jane Bryan; Dancing Co-Eds (1939) staring Lana Turner, Richard Carlson, Ann Rutherford, Lee Bowman, and Artie Shaw; The Song of Bernadette (1943), starring Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, Vincent Price, Anne Revere, William Eythe, Lee J. Cobb, and Gladys Cooper; Bataan (1943), Staring Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Desi Arnaz, and Robert Walker; Madame Curie (1943), starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, and Robert Walker; See Here Private Hargrove (1944), staring Robert Walker and Donna Reed; Since You Went Away (1945), starring Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten, and Robert Walker; Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), starring Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, and Robert Walker;  The Clock (1945), starring Judy Garland and Robert Walker;  Her Highness and the Bell Boy (1945), starring June Allyson, Hedy Lamarr, and Robert Walker;  The Sailor Takes A Wife (1945), starring June Allyson and Robert Walker;  Til The Clouds Roll By (1946); Robert Walker, June Allyson, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin, Van Johnson, Lucille Bremer, Cyd Charisse, and Angela Lansbury; One Touch of Venus (1948), starring Robert Walker, Ava Gardner, Tom Conway, and Eve Arden; Please Believe Me (1950), starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Peter Lawford, and Mark Stevens; The Skipper Surprises His Wife (1950), starring Robert Walker and Joan Leslie; Vengeance Valley (1951), starring Burt Lancaster, Joanne Dru, and Robert Walker; My Son John (1952), staring Helen Hayes, Robert Walker, and Van Heflin; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“JAN STERLING: STAR OF THE MONTH” (029)
Apr 1 2024
“JAN STERLING: STAR OF THE MONTH” (029)
EPISODE 29 - “Jan Sterling: Old Hollywood Star of the Month” - 04/01/2024 Our “Star of the Month” is the fabulous JAN STERLING, who was married to our March “Star of the Month,” PAUL DOUGLAS. Blonde, beautiful, and often deadly on screen, Sterling started in theatre, but made a name for herself portraying tough dames, femme fatales, and sexy seductresses in films such as “Caged,” “Ace In the Hole” and “The High and the Mighty.” However, her upbringing was quite different from these wayward women she played so convincingly; she was actually from a very wealthy and prominent family. She had a stellar career, but many heartbreaks off camera. This week, we discuss the life and career of this most memorable lady.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Jan Sterling: Everything You Need To Know (2014), by Billy Vasquez; The Encyclopedia of Film Actors (2003), by Barry Monush; The Illustrated Who’s Who of the Cinema (1983), by Ann Lloyd and Graham Fuller; Quinlan’s Illustrated Registry of Film Stars (1986), by David Quinlan; “Jan Sterling, 82, Blonde Actress Who Made Film Noir A Specialty” Obituary, March 29, 2004, The New York Times; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Tycoon (1947), starring John Wayne, Laraine Day, and Anthony Quinn; Johnny Belinda (1948), starring Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, and Agnes Moorhead; Caged (1950), starring Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorhead, and Faye Emerson; Appointment With Danger (1950), starring Robert Walker and Joan Leslie; The Mating Season (1950), starring Gene Tierney, John Lund, and Thelma Ritter; Ace In The Hole (1951), starring Kirk Douglas; Rhubarb (1951), starring Ray Miland; Flesh and Fury (1952), starring Tony Curtis; Sky Full of Moon (1952), starring Carleton Carpenter, Jan Sterling, Keenan Wynn, and Elaine Stewart; Split Second (1953), starring Stephen McNally; Pony Express (1953), starring Charlton Heston and Rhonda Fleming; The Vanquished (1953), starring John Payne and Coleen Gray; Alaska Seas (1954), starring Robert Ryan; The High and the Mighty (19543), starring John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor, and Laraine Day; Woman’s Prison (1955), starring Ida Lupino, Phyllis Thaxter, Audrey Totter, and Howard Duff; Female on the Beach (1955), starring Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler; The Harder They Fall (1956), starring Humphrey Bogart and Rod Steiger; 1984 (1956), starring Edmond O’Brien and Michael Redgrave; The Female Animal (1958), starring Hedy Lamar, Jane Powell, and George Nader; Kathy O (1958), starring Dan Duryea and Patty McCormick; High School Confidential (1958), starring Russ Tamblyn and Mamie Van Doren; Love In A Goldfish Bowl (1961), staring Fabian, Tommy Sands, and Majel Barrett; The Incident (1967), Starring Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, and Tony Musante;  The Minx (1969), starring Robert Roden and Shirley Parker; First Monday in October (1981), Starring Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“GOLDEN ERA STARS IN 1970S DISASTER FILMS” (028)
Mar 25 2024
“GOLDEN ERA STARS IN 1970S DISASTER FILMS” (028)
EPISODE 28 - “Golden Era Stars in 1970s Disaster Films” - 03/25/2024 Just when many classic films stars thought they were finished in showbiz, a wonderful thing happened — 1970s disaster movies! Producers like IRWIN ALLEN and JENNINGS LANG shepherded in an exciting, over-the-top, new genre that capitalized on our fears. They also smartly cast many classic film actors in these movies, providing familiar faces who added comfort and emotional investment. These films proved not only lucrative for these golden era stars, but kept them in the public eye longer and often revived careers. Listen this week as we talk about our favorite film icons as they are shaken, flipped, torched, and dropped from the sky in the great 70s disaster films. SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon (2017), by Marc Eliot; Burt Lancaster: An American Life (2000), by Kate Buford Trust Me: A Memoir (2011), by George Kennedy Steps In Time: An Autobiography (2008), by Fred Astaire; Master of Disaster: Irwin Allen - The Disaster Years (2009), by John William Law; Disaster Movies: The Cinema of Catastrophe (2006), by Stephen Keane; Disaster Movies: A Loud, Long, Explosive, Star-Studded Guide To Earthquakes, Floods, Meteors, Sinking Ships, Twisters, Viruses, Killer Bees, Nuclear Fall Out, and Alien Attacks in the Cinema (2006), by Glen Kay and Michael Rose; The Stewardess Is Flying The Plane: American Films of the 1970s (2005), by Ron Hogan and Peter Bogdanovich; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Airport (1970) - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Van Helflin, & Helen Hayes; Straight Jacket (1964) - Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, & George Kennedy; The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) - John Wayne, Dean Martin, & George Kennedy; The Sin of Madame Claudet (1931) - Helen Hayes, Robert Young, & Lewis Stone; The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) - Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott & Kirk Douglas; Johnny Eager (1942) - Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, & Van Heflin; Act of Violence (1949) - Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, & Mary Astor; Earthquake (1974) - Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Geneviéve Bujold, Lorne Green, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, and Monica Lewis; Touch of Evil (1958) - Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, & Janet Leigh;  The Hucksters (1947) - Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, & Ava Gardner; Autumn Leaves (1956) - Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, & Vera Miles; Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940) - Lloyd Nolan & Marjorie Weaver; Jeopardy (1953) - Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, & Ralph Meeker; The Towering Inferno (1974) - Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Fred Astaire, & Jennifer Jones;  The Swarm (1978) - Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Olivia de Havilland, Ben Johnson; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“DONA DRAKE: WHAT PRICE FAME” (027)
Mar 18 2024
“DONA DRAKE: WHAT PRICE FAME” (027)
EPISODE 27 - “Dona Drake: What Price Fame” - 03/18/2024 Latina star DONA DRAKE, who signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1941, was many things — singer, dancer, actress, bandleader, musician — but one thing she wasn’t, as it turned out, was Latin! While Paramount promoted their new discovery as a spitfire Latina born in Mexico City, Drake was, in fact, an African-American woman from Florida who pretended to be Latin, going so far as to learn Spanish fluently, in order to have a better chance at a Hollywood career. Listen to this fascinating story of one woman who went undercover just so she wouldn’t have to play the maid.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Biography of Dona Drake (Paramount Contact Player), September 1942, Paramount Studios; “Dona Drake Tells Marriage,” September 9, 1944, by Hedda Hopper, The Los Angeles Times; “Daughter Born to Dona Drake,” August 8, 1951, The Hollywood Citizen-News; www.swingcityradio,com; www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Strike Me Pink (1936), starring Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Sally Eilers, and William Frawley; Aloma Of The South Seas (1941), starring Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall; Louisiana Purchase (1941), starring Bob Hope, Vera Zorina, and Victor Moore; Road to Morocco (1942), starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour; Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Paulette Goddard, Dick Powell, Eddie Bracken, Alan Ladd, Mary Martin, Betty Hutton, Marjorie Reynolds, and Veronica Lake; Salute For Three (1943), starring Macdonald Carey and Betty Jane Rhodes; Let's Face It (1943), staring Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, and Eve Arden;  Hot Rhythm (1944), starring Robert Lowery, Tim Ryan, and Irene Ryan; Without Reservations (1946), starring John Wayne, Claudette Colbert, and Don DeFoe; Dangerous Millions (1946), starring Kent Taylor; Another Part of The Forest (1948), starring Fredric March, Dan Duryea, Edmond O’Brien, Ann Blyth, Florence Eldridge, John Dall, and Betsy Blair; So This Is New York (1948), starring Henry Morgan, Rudy Vallee, and Virginia Grey; Beyond The Forest (1949), starring Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman; The Girl From Jones Beach (1949), starring Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan, and Eddie Bracken; Kansas City Confidential (1952), starring John Payne, Colleen Gray, and Preston Foster; The Bandits of Corsica (1953), starring Richard Greene, Paula Raymond, Raymond Burr; Son Of Belle Star (1953), starring Keith Larsen, Peggie Castle, and Regis Toomey; Down Laredo Way (1953) starring Rex Allen and Slim Pickens; Princess of the Nile (1954), starring Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, and Michael Rennie; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“OSCAR FEVER: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS” (026)
Mar 10 2024
“OSCAR FEVER: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS” (026)
EPISODE 26 - “Oscar Fever: A Brief History of the Academy Awards” - 03/10/2024 The winners. The losers. The speeches. The gowns. The glamour. The cringey moments. Nothing toys with a film lovers’ emotions like the pageantry of the Academy Award ceremony…or the Oscars, as it has become known. Somewhere, right now, there are people still arguing over whether GRACE KELLY deserved to win the Best Actress Oscar in 1955 for “The Country Girl” over JUDY GARLAND for “A Star Is Born.” The Oscars breeds its own drama. We’ve had streakers, protests, Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White, stolen Oscar statues, mixed up winner’s envelopes, and even a slap heard round the world. Join us in a very special episode that dives into the history, controversies, and fun facts of the Oscars.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears (2023), by Michael Schulman;  Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards (1986), by Mason Wiley and Damien Bona; The Real Oscar: The Story Behind The Academy Awards (1981), by Peter H. Brown; Seventy-Five Years of the Oscars: The Official History of The Academy Awards (2003), by Robert Osborne; Oscar Dearest (1987), by Peter H. Brown and Jim Pinkston; The Film Encyclopedia (1994), By Ephraim Katz; Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia (1994), by Leonard Maltin; “The Academy’s Guide to Movies, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” A.frame.oscars.org; “The Silent Oscars,” February 8, 2014, moviessilently.com; “… It’s the Oscars that Got Small,” March 7, 2023, by Alexandra Jacobs, New York Times; “The House That Mr. Mayer Built: Inside the Union-Busting Birth of the Academy Awards,” February 21, 2014, by David Thomson, Vanity Fair; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.org; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"PAUL DOUGLAS: STAR OF THE MONTH” (25)
Mar 4 2024
"PAUL DOUGLAS: STAR OF THE MONTH” (25)
EPISODE 25 - “Paul Douglas: Star of the Month” - 03/04/2024 In a new feature, we are highlighting a “Star of the Month” where we will dive into the life, career, and legacy of a single performer. To kick things off in this episode, we’ll be discussing the great PAUL DOUGLAS. You may not know his name, but you certainly know his face. With his somewhat craggy mug that usually sported a hang-dog look, he made a career at playing gruff, tough guys who were usually softies underneath, as he does so perfectly as LINDA DARNELL’s rough-around-the-edges businessman husband in “A Letter To Three Wives” (1949). So listen in and learn about this most excellent actor.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: The Encyclopedia of Film Actors (2003), by Barry Monush; The Illustrated Who’s Who of the Cinema (1983), by Ann Lloyd and Graham Fuller; Quinlan’s Illustrated Registry of Film Stars (1986), by David Quinlan; “Paul Douglas, 52, Film Star, Dead,” September 12, 1959, The New York Times; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  A Letter to Three Wives (1949), starring Jeanne Crain, Ann Southern, Linda Darnell, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas, Jeffrey Lynn, Thelma Ritter, Connie Gilchrist; Born Yesterday (1950), starring Judy Holiday, Broderick Crawford, and William Holden; Adam’s Rib (1949), starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holiday, Jape Emerson, David Wayne, Jean Hagen, Tom Ewell; It Happens Every Spring (1949), starring Paul Douglas, Jean Peters, and Ray Milland; Everybody Does It (1949), starring Paul Douglas, Linda Darnell, Charles Coburn, Celeste Holm; The Big Lift (1950), starring Paul Douglas, Montgomery Clift, Cornell Borchers; Panic In The Streets (1950), starring Paul Douglas, Richard Widmark, Barbara Bel Geddes; Fourteen Hours (1951), starring Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Agnes Moorhead, Robert Keith, Grace Kelly, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter; Angels In The Outfield (1951), starring Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, and Keenan Wynn;  We're Not Married (1952), starring Ginger Rogers, Fred Allen, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Eve Arden, Victor Moore, Eddie Bracken, Mitzi Gaynor, David Wayne, Louis Calhern, Zsa Zsa Gabor, James Gleason, Paul Stewart, Jane Darwell; Green Ice (1954), staring Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas, John Ericsson; Clash By Night (1952), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Keith Andes, J. Carroll, Naish; Executive Suite (1954), starring William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Shelley Winters, Louis Calhern, Nina Foch, Dean Jagger; The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956), starring Judy Holiday, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark, Neva Patterson, Arthur O’Connell; The Mating Game (1959), Debbie Reynolds, Tony Randall, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark, Una Merkel, Philip Ober, Charles Lane; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIO CLUB: WHERE THE GOOD GIRLS LIVED" (24)
Feb 26 2024
"THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIO CLUB: WHERE THE GOOD GIRLS LIVED" (24)
EPISODE 24 - “The Hollywood Studio Club: Where The Good Girls Lived” - 02/26/2024 During the early days of Hollywood, hordes of young women pilgrimaged West to try to break into the movie business. And like sheep to slaughter, there were just as many men in Hollywood ready to take advantage of these young, inexperienced, and vulnerable young women. However, the Hollywood Studio Club, a hotel for women, run by women, tried to give these women a safe haven in the storm. Started by a librarian and nurtured by movie star MARY PICKFORD, among others, this hotel provided a safe place to live and helped nurture the budding careers of future Hollywood Stars such as MAUREEN O”SULLIVAN, LINDA DARNELL, DOROTHY MALONE, DONNA REED, KIM NOVAK, MARILYN MONROE and SHARON TATE. In this episode we’ll explore the history and legacy of this very special place in Hollywood History.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: "Film Girls Ask New Home: Studio Club of Hollywood to Campaign for Building Fund Middle of Next Month,” February 10, 1923, Los Angeles Times  "Building of Studio Club Is Assured: Norma Talmadge Donates $5000 Toward New Home for Film Girls,” February 14, 1925, Los Angeles Times "Studio Club Dedicates New Home,” May 8, 1926, Los Angeles Times “Few Girls From Club Win Fame,” May 22, 1938, Los Angeles Times “Boardinghouse of Broken Hearts,” September 19,1958, Saturday Evening Post  "Studio Club Fighting to Save Home,” November 13, 1970, Los Angeles Times. November 13, 1970. “The Lost History of L.A.’s Women-Only Hollywood Studio Club,” December 10, 2019, by Cari Beachamp, Vanity Fair “Marie Windsor, Femme Fatale and Queen of the B's, Dies at 80,” December 14, 2000, by Douglas Martin, The New York Times Hollywoodland (2003), by David Wallace Ayn Rand and the World She Made (2009), by Anne C. Heller Rita Moreno: A Memoir (2011), by Rita Moreno Sharon Tate: A Life (2016), by Ed Sanders The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist (2018), by Michelle Morgan Julia Morgan: An Intimate Portrait of an Trailblazing Architect (2022), by Victoria Kastner IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"I COULDA BEEN A CONTENDER!" (23)
Feb 19 2024
"I COULDA BEEN A CONTENDER!" (23)
EPISODE 23 - “I Coulda Been a Contender: Classic Casting That Almost Happened” - 02/19/2024 It is well documented that the film “Gone With The Wind” started filming before an actress was cast in the lead role of Scarlett O’Hara. Producer DAVID O. SELZNICK made a spectacle out of who would win the coveted role. It became a national obsession. He considered everyone from TALLULAH BANKHEAD to BETTE DAVIS to LUCILLE BALL. He eventually narrowed the field to three finalists: PAULETTE GODDARD, JOAN BENNETT, and JEAN ARTHUR. But in the eleventh hour, a new contender, an unknown Brit named VIVIEN LEIGH, swept in and won the role. Listen as we discuss, debate, and guffaw over other casting choices that almost happened in some of your favorite film classics.  SHOW NOTES:  Sources: Hollywood’s First Choices: How The Greatest Casting Decisions Were Made (1994), by Jeff Burkhart and Bruce Stuart; Casting Might Have Beens (2005), by Eila Mell; Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew (2004), by John Oller; George Raft: The Man Who Would Be Bogart (2015), by Stone Wallace; Life is a Banquet (1974), by Rosalind Russell; Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star (2009), by Peter Cowie; Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film (2021), by Alan Rode; Judy Holliday (1982), by Will Holtzman; Close-up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream (2002), by Sam Staggs Montgomery Clift: Beautiful Loser (1992), by Barney Hoskyns; Mike Nichols: A Life (2021), by Mark Harris; IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  Scarface (1932), starring George Raft, Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, and Boris Karloff; Dead End (1937), starring Silvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, and Claire Trevor; The Maltese Falcon (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook, Jr, and Lee Patrick  The Maltese Falcon (1931), starring Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels; High Sierra (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie, Alan Curtis, Cornel Wilde, Arthur Kennedy, Willie Best, Elisabeth Risdon, and Henry Travers; His Girl Friday (1940), starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy; Twentieth Century (1934), starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard; Mildred Pierce (1945), starring Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Bruce Bennett, and Lee Patrick;  Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, and Nancy Olson;    From Here To Eternity (1953); starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, and Ernest Borgnine; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf (1966), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katharine Ross;#023: "I COULDA BEEN A CONTENDER!" --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"LOVE IS IN THE AIR" (21)
Feb 5 2024
"LOVE IS IN THE AIR" (21)
EPISODE 21 - “Love Is In The Air” - 02/05/2024 Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day can be a mixed bag. Either you’re blissfully in love and the day is a romantic dream, or, you are not in love and part of you wants to stomp all the roses and put the chocolate bon-bons in a sling shot and pummel Cupid. Whatever your head space this Valentine’s Day, Steve and Nan have a movie for you. Listen in as they share some of their favorite romantic movies to get you in the mood, or give you something to aspire to next year. These movies have a perky female plumber, WWII vets returning from war, and even a wealthy dying woman aboard an ocean liner — something for everyone! SHOW NOTES:  Sources: The Great Romantic Films (1974), by Lawrence J. Quick; Halliwell’s Film and Video Guide (1987), by Leslie Halliwell; The MGM Story (1982), by John Douglas Eames; The Warner Brothers Story (1980), by Clive Hirschhorn; They Dreamed of Home (1943), by Niven Busch; “Till The End of Time: The Post World War II Drama That Deserves More Recognition,” July 30, 2022, by Patrick Fogerty, www.collider.com;  IMDBPro.com; Wikipedia.com; Movies Mentioned:  ’Til We Meet Again (1940), starring Merle Oberon, George Brent, Pat O’Brine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Bonnie Barnes, and George Reeves;  Cluny Brown (1946), starring Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer, Helen Walker, Peter Lawford, Una O’Connor, Richard Haydn, Reginald Gardiner, Reginald Own, Margaret Bannerman, Sara Allgood, C. Aubrey Smith, Florence Bates, and Ernest Cossart; The Clock (1945), starring Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, Lucile Gleason, Keenan Wynn, Ruth Brady, and Marshall Thompson; Enchantment (1948), starring David Niven, Teresa Wright, Evelyn Keyes, Farley Granger, Jayne Meadows, Leo G. Carroll, Phillip Friend, Henry Stevenson, Shepperd Strudwick and Gigi Perreau; Till The End Of Time (1945), starring Guy Madison, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Mitchum, Bill Williams, Tom Tully, Ruth Nelson, Jean Porter, William Gargan, Selena Royale, and Johnny Sands; Brief Encounter (1945), starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Noël Coward, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond, Stanley Holloway, Margaret Barton, Henrietta Vincent, and Everly Gregg; --------------------------------- http://www.airwavemedia.com Please contact sales@advertisecast.com if you would like to advertise on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices