Warner Archive Podcast
Summary: George Feltenstein hosts the Warner Archive Collection podcast, bringing you vintage radio dramas, interviews and weekly round-table discussions culled from the rich film and television history contained within the Warner Bros. vaults.
Get ready for a Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), icy Eskimo (1933) - the first sound feature shot in Alaska, The Centurions: the Animated Series Part 1, a collection of 12 films starring Dick Foran - the Singing Cowboy and five features starring Wallace Beery with Marjorie Main including Barnacle Bill (1941), The Bugle Sounds (1942), Jackass Mail (1942), Bad Bascomb (1946) and Big Jack (1949).
Grab your rifle, typewriter and movie camera (and maybe fire up your favorite stogie) as we take a look at one man movie machine Sam Fuller's Run of the Arrow (1957), a post Civil War alterna-Western that still bleeds relevance. Rod Steiger stars. Then it's time to head under the waves with The Snorks for a second season of Saturday Morning adventures, and then the Seavers for season five of the beloved sit-com, Growing Pains. Then we chat about some 50s mad-capery as Howard Keel steal the show in dual roles in Callaway Went Thataway (1951) with Fred MacMurray and Dorothy McGuire. Jose Ferrer debuts the always astounding Gena Rowlands in The High Cost of Loving (1958) and finally, Maurice Chevalier counsels Deborah Kerr to Count Your Blessings (1959).
Get ready to witness the comeback of the 20th Century as George Burns steals a nation's hearts and minds in the classic Neil Simon adaptation THE SUNSHINE BOYS (1975) on Blu-ray. Then make some lemonade with George Lopez in season 4 (2004-05) of his family favorite sit-com. Fasten your seatbelts for John Farrow's newly remastered survival classic FIVE CAME BACK (1939). Gather the family round the vid-fire for the animal adventures of the bird-dog BANJO (1947), GYPSY COLT (1954), LAD: A DOG (1962) and HUGO THE HIPPO (1975). Then send the kids to bed for some swinging sixties comedies like COME FLY WITH ME (1963) with Dolores Hart, QUICK, BEFORE IT MELTS (1964) and HONEYMOON HOTEL (1964) with Robert Morse, A GLOBAL AFFAIR (1964) with Bob Hope, DOCTOR, YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! (1967) with Sandra Dee and THREE BITES OF THE APPLE (1967) with David McCallum.
So many new Blu-rays including The Golden Year:1939 Collection, John Wayne Western Collection and Wolfen. Also Bette Davis, Classic TV, William Wellman, Eddie Cantor and Film Noir on DVD!
It's time to run with the wolves and dance with the stars as we take a tru blu gander at Richard Donner's fantastic fantasy LADYHAWKE (1985) with Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick along with the classic, THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943). Then we head out west with BRONCO: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (1961-62), the classic Warner Bros. Western's final season starring Ty Hardin and the debut of LAWMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (1958-59) with John Russell. Next we board the "T" to spend some time with Spenser and Hawk in SPENSER: FOR HIRE, THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (1986-87) with Robert Urich and Avery Brooks. The strains of La Cucaracha are heard as we celebrate VIVA VILLA (1934) with Wallace Beery and Fay Wray, followed by a bit of cinema asada with the JOHN J. MALONE MYSTERY DOUBLE FEATURE: HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME (1944) with Pat O'Brien and MRS. O'MALLEY AND MR. MALONE (1950) with James Whitmore and Marjorie Main. Then get set for Sixties suspense with Stewart Granger in THE SECRET PARTNER (1961), Joanne Woodward in SIGNPOST TO MURDER (1964), Alain Delon and Ann-Margret in ONCE A THIEF (1965), David McCallum in SOL MADRID (1968) along with Rowan and Martin in THE MALTESE BIPPY (1969). And it all winds down with a look at the widescreen dvd debut of HER ALIBI (1988) and GUILTY BY SUSPICION (1991).
Get ready to "Come Back a Star!" with the newly restored 42nd Street (1933) along with the smash hit Teen Titans GO! Season 1 (2013) both making their Blu-ray debut. Then it's time for classic TV drama - STAT! - with Dr. Kildare Season 4 (1964-65). Later, we take a wild and wooly ride South and West with BLACK GOLD (1947), SON OF BELLE STARR (1953), SOMBRERO (1953), ARROW IN THE DUST (1954), MARAUDERS (1955), BLACK PATCH (1957), and THE HIRED GUN (1957). Finally, we investigate some mysterious suspensers with KID GLOVE KILLER (1942), ESCAPE FROM EAST BERLIN (1962), SCORPIO LETTERS (1967) and EVERY LITTLE CROOK AND NANNY (1972).
It's time to saddle up and ride out West to make the acquaintance of the OTHER man with no name - Tony Anthony's one of a kind Spaghetti Western anti-hero, The Stranger, in the three film THE STRANGER COLLECTION. Then it's TV party time as we spend some time with the GROWING PAINS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (1988-89), then we break the widescreen story with WANDA AT LARGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2003). Up next is a wondrous Rosalind Russell triptych with FLIGHT FOR FREEDOM (1943), SISTER KENNY (1946), and THE VELVET TOUCH (1948). We follow up that terrific threesome with a quartet of classics back in print from The Samuel Goldwyn Collection, THE WEDDING NIGHT (1935), BARBARY COAST (1935), COME AND GET IT (1936), and THE GOLDWYN FOLLIES (1938). Then we take a quick look at DORIS DAY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION, HOOPER (1978), SHARKY'S MACHINE (1981), SINGLES (1992) and DETROIT ROCK CITY (1999).
Pack your saddle bags and head out west to THE DAKOTAS (1962-3) as Larry Ward, Jack Elam, Chad Everett and Mike Greene tame a lawless land in this classic TV Western. Then we walk the Earth into the Nineties for season two of KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (1993-94) with David Carradine and Chris Potter then stop by the beloved BlueBell for season three of HART OF DIXIE with Rcahel Bilson. Then it's time for some big screen wonders as the call of Allied Artists (and Monogram) brings us Roddy McDowall taming the wild stallion BLACK MIDNIGHT (1949), while Barry Sullivan and Broderick Crawford take a walk on the western noir side in BAD MEN OF TOMBSTONE (1949). Then, Raymond Massey leads a pack of SEVEN ANGRY MEN (1955) in the acclaimed John Brown biopic, followed by a cast of up-and-comers who paratroop into Normandy in SCREAMING EAGLES (1956) and finally Cameron Mitchell and James Whitmore reveal the humanity that lurks behind the FACE OF FIRE (1959).
This week's releases include six new widescreen masters from Britain including All at Sea (1957) with Alec Guinness, The Doctor's Dilemma (1958) with Leslie Caron, The Alphabet Murders (1965) with Tony Randall, Where The Spies Are (1966) with David Niven, Our Mother's House (1967) with Dirk Bogarde, and The Best House In London (1969) with David Hemmings. Then we roll out Challenge Of The Gobots: The Series, Volume Two (1985-86) with a big Bot-Bonus, Robo-Force: The Revenge Of Nazgar (1984).
It's time for (Fredric) March madness as an octect of power players hits the parquet in a stunning display of videographic athleticism. The first bracket includes the prairie noir procedural Longmire: The Complete Third Season (2014), and Musicals: 4-Movie Collection (1952-53), packed with all the power of 1080p HD. Then its time for a double Bogie as the much requested The Big Shot (1942) arrives alongside the rarity that is Swing Your Lady (1938). Then it's final four time as we meander through a quartet of Fredric March films, from the epic Anthony Adverse (1936) to the affirmational One Foot in Heaven (1941), and from the biographical The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) to the literary We Live Again (1934).
February roars in like a lion as we discuss a scintillating septet of titles from the worlds of cinema and TV. We start off in high literary, high definition style as we artfully examine John Schlesinger's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's epic of romance in the rural districts, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (1967) starring Julie Christie with cinematography by Nicholas Roeg. Then we move close to the MGM crowd for a trio of pictures featuring two of Tinseltown's most legendary stars, Spencer Tracy and James Stewart. First up, Tracy stars alongside Franchot Tone in the riveting tale of wartime courage and peacetime crime in THEY GAVE HIM A GUN (1937). Then a young James Stewart shares the screen (briefly!) with Tracy in the HOW/WHO/WHYdunnit THE MURDER MAN (19excitement of 201435) and then Stewart begins his rapid rise to stardom with his first headlining role in the racecar drama SPEED (1936). The we fire up boob tube for a look at a pair of TV faves, BRONCO: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1960-61) and ROAD ROVERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1996), the its time for an Adult Swim sidebar as we take a sneak peek at a pair of upcoming releases, SQUIDBILLES VOLUME 6 (2011) and Paul Scheer's NTSF:SD:SUV: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2011).
It's time to order up some guilt-free pleasures as we dine deep on a six-course meal of movie magic that run the gamut from the sexy to the sweet. We ignite our appetites thanks to Ms. Mamie Van Doren as she rocks the rodeo roadhouse in BORN RECKLESS (1958). Then we eat the drug of the devil with William Shatner in WHITE COMANCHE (1968) and wash it down with the heady spirits of THE WILD AFFAIR (1963) with Nancy Kwan and Terry-Thomas. Then we move our meal to the savory and sweet with a Shirley Temple trio that takes her from young teen to young adult, the family drama KATHLEEN (1941) co-starring Herbert Marshall and Laraine Day, then Shirley says sayonara to schoolgirl hood forever on her HONEYMOON (1947) with Franchot Tone and then seals the adulthood deal with the proto-suffragette dramedy ADVENTURE IN BALTIMORE (1949).
In the first podcast of the new year, we cover all kinds of rarities including SINNERS' HOLIDAY (1930) with the debuts of James Cagney and Joan Blondell, NEW FACES OF 1937 (1937) with Milton Berle, RKO DOUBLE FEATURE: OLD MAN RHYTHM/TO BEAT THE BAND (1935) with Johnny Mercer, and the four film RKO BROWN and CARNEY COMEDY COLLECTION (1943-44,1946) one of which includes an early role by Robert Mitchum. Skipping ahead to the 60s we have the unusual Swinging London hybrid film ALL NEAT IN BLACK STOCKINGS (1969), PANIC BUTTON (1963) with Maurice Chevalier and Jayne Mansfield, KILL OR CURE (1962) with Terry-Thomas and RATBOY (1986) directed by Sondra Locke. In the world of animation, we chat about DUMB AND DUMBER: THE ANIMATED SERIES (1995-96) before turning two three back-in-print DVDs from the 90s, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE (1997) with Bill Murray, PALMETTO (1997) with Woody Harrelson and MICKEY BLUE EYES (1999) with Hugh Grant.
Another year flies by and another round of hundreds of DVDs (and quite a few Blu-rays) have been released, and much like a double rainbow, you might wonder, "What Does It All MEAN?!?" Well, for one thing, it means it's time for our very special year-end wrap up where we look back on all the excitement of 2014 and offer some hints of what's to come in 2015! Happy New Year!
It's a Holiday Miracle! This week we chat about six cinema delights that have finally come to DVD in their correct widescreen aspect ratios! Listen in on some rectangular 16x9 action as we revisit the giant mutants from Mexico in THE BLACK SCORPION (1957), attend to Bette Midler's DIVINE MADNESS (1980) followed by Steve Martin's THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS (1983) and MY BLUE HEAVEN (1990). Next we tackle River Phoenix and Jud Hirsch in RUNNING ON EMPTY (1988) but end up in JOE'S APARTMENT (1996) with singing and dancing cockroaches! Finally, we briefly chat about an additional 30 DVDs that were previously unavailable but now back in print.