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.
We start off with a new Blu-ray of Silk Stockings (1957) starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Then we follow up with the current horror/comedy sensation iZombie Season 1 (2015) and iZombie Season 2 (2015-16) both on Blu-ray. Switching to DVD we are proud to release perhaps the world's only animated sketch comedy educational series, Histeria! (1998-200). Then, in honor of last month's documentary release of Cinema's Exile's, we present four more films featuring their talents: Exile Joe Pasternak produces It's a Date (1940), alilting musical comedy featuring Deanna Durbin and Kay Francis. A Dispatch From Reuters (1940) features exile William Dieterle directs Edward G. Robinson. Exile Paul Henreid stars, while fellow exile Franz Waxman scores In Our Time (1944). For his final feature film, exile Fed Zinneman granted Sean Connery the gift of one of his best, and most unique performances with Five Days One Summer (1982).
George conducts a very special interview with Janis Paige, star of stage, film and TV! Janice was discovered singing opera at the Hollywood Canteen during World War II. Soon she was signed to Warner Bros. where she starred in a series of musical comedies, including Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946) and The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946) with Dennis Morgan and Jack Morgan along with westerns and noir. After leaving Hollywood to pursue stardom on Broadway, Janis returned to co-star in Silk Stockings (1957) with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.
The divine Ms. Debbie Reynolds delivers a career-defining performance in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN (1964) on Blu-ray. James Arness comes back to TV, but this time as a hard boiled, hard nosed cop in the one season series MCCLAIN'S LAW (1981). Hanna-Barbera made one of its rare forays into prime-time entertainment with this way-out, way-ahead-of-its-time mash-up of American literature and fantasy adventure mixing live action and animation with THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1968). Patter master Lee Tracy commands the spiel in this collection culled from his post-Code career that sees him playing a slippery shyster, a news hound, a screen hack and a circus promoter LEE TRACY 4-FILM COLLECTION (1937-39). Then we chat about some new-to-DVD crime movies of the 50s and 60s including THE GREAT JEWEL ROBBER (1950), NO QUESTIONS ASKED (1951), COUNT THE HOURS (1953), Irvin Kershner's (The Empire Strikes Back) feature directorial debut STAKEOUT ON DOPE STREET (1958) and JACK OF DIAMONDS (1967).
The boys are back in town with a bunch of classics new to disc. First up, one of legendary director Blake Edward's finest confections, VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982) on Blu-ray staring Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, Robert Preston and James Garner. Next we have a bunch of 30s films with kids including O'SHAUGHNESSY'S BOY (1935) with Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper, DINKY (1935) and TOUGH GUY (1936) also with Jackie Cooper, LORD JEFF (1938) with real-life pals Freddie Bartholemew and Mickey Rooney, and finally STABLEMATES (1938) with Mickey Rooney and Wallace Beery.
This week is dominated by John Wayne Blu-ray releases including She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and They Were Expendable (1945), both directed by John Ford, as well as Chisum (1970) and McQ (1974). Then we delve into the mind of the ground-breaking TV series The Eleventh Hour Season 1 (1962-63). Then we move on to classic films including the Charlie Chan 3 Film Collection which puts together three Monogram classics including Red Dragon (1945), Charlie Chan and the Feathered Serpent (1948) and Charlie Chan and the Sky Dragon (1949). Finally we end with the MGM widescreen color remake of Tarzan the Ape Man (1959) with Denny Miller in the title role.
This week's discussions start with two blu-rays starring Elizabeth Taylor, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) and FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950). Then we move on to Bogart and Bacall in DARK PASSAGE (1947) on Blu-ray! Got travel? FITZPATRICK TRAVEL TALKS VOL. 1 (1934-46) are a series of shorts that take you around the world. Hanna-Barbera's DEVLIN (1974) takes on the world of stunt cycling. Then we chat about new war movies coming to DVD including SEVEN MILES FROM ALCATRAZ (1942), THE NAVY COMES THROUGH (1942), MARINE RAIDERS (1944) and CHINA SKY (1945).
First we chat about the enchanting SUSAN SLEPT HERE (1954) starring Debbie Reynolds coming to Blu-ray. Then we move on to classic TV with a discussion about the animated show THE NEW ADVENTURES OF GILLIGAN (1978) as well as the event maxi-series HOW THE WEST WAS WON: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1979). Going back before the Hays Code we next the five film pre-code set FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD, VOLUME X (1931-33). Then it's time for four from Robert Taylor in Love and War including A YANK AT OXFORD (1938), REMEMBER? (1939), the infamous propaganda musical SONG OF RUSSIA (1944) and TIMES SQUARE LADY (1935). We finish off with a pair starring Marion Davies including MARIANNE (1929) and BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES (1932).
We chat about Hitchcock's SUSPICION (1941) on Blu-ray, the fascinating documentary CINEMA'S EXILES: FROM HITLER TO HOLLYWOOD (2009), a previously lost early talkie THE MAN AND THE MOMENT (1929) and BULLDOG DRUMMOND DOUBLE FEATURE (1929 and 1951). Then we chat about tge work of Robert Montgomery including PICCADILLY JIM (1936), THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS (1938), YELLOW JACK (1938) and HAUNTED HONEYMOON (1940) . We then move on to a pair starring Eleanor Parker including VALLEY OF THE KINGS (1954) and THE SEVENTH SIN (1957) based on W. Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil . Finally we finish up with the Urkel-tastic release of FAMILY MATTERS: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON (1994-95).
We start with a salute to the 20th anniversary of Neil Jordan's incendiary classic Michael Collins (1996) on Blu-ray. Next, TV shows on DVD lead the charge with the 6th Season of Medical Center (1974-75) and the animated 80s classic, The Centurions: Part II (1986) - part man, part machine all awesome. Next we segue into three from the sensational Marion Davies including The Floradora Girl (1930), Not So Dumb (1930), and Peg O' My Heart (1933). We cap things off with some cutting edge cinema including the caper film, A Fine Pair (1968) starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, Peter O'Toole and Susannah York in the dark comedy Brotherly Love (1970) and the seminal Blaxpoitation crime drama, Melinda (1972) with Calvin Lockhart and the kung-fu stylings of Jim Kelly.
Hi! This is George, Matt and DW from Warner Archive - how's it goin', eh? Our topic today is Hollywood and we'll be discussing Bob and Doug McKenzie's epic film, Strange Brew (1983) starring Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas now out on blu-ray - mouse in a bottle not included, eh!. Our second topic today is TV Classics like Young Maverick (1979-80) - he's in the wild west, and the fifth and final season of Dr. Kildare (1965-66) starring Richard Chamberlin - this one's in color, eh! Then we move on to classic films like Woman in White (1949) and Lizzie (1957) with the lovely Eleanor Parker. She's a beauty, no? And then it's time for the RKO Varieties Triple Feature with three different hour long films that bridge the gap between radio, film and TV with hosts Gil Lamb and Jack Parr with acts like Edgar Kennedy, Anne Shirley, Red Buttons and Liberace. That guy can really play the piano! Lastly we got three Hong Kong films from Golden Harvest including A Terra-cotta Warrior (1989) - about an ancient Chinese guy who becomes a statue for like 3000 years, He's a Woman, She's a Man (1994) - because that's what happens, eh - and Hark Tsui's The Blade (1995) about a one-armed swordsman with a killer sword. And that's our podcast for today, so good day!
Bogart and Bacall on two new Blu-rays are true chemistry, highly defined. Key Largo (1948) and The Big Sleep (1946) are unforgettable in HD. Also new this week are White Cargo (1942) and Lady of the Tropics both starring Hedy Lamarr. We finish off with the George O'Brien Western Collection (1938-40) featuring 9 classic oaters from RKO.
Canadian actress Theresa Lee, star of the recently released Golden Harvest DVDs, Big Bullet (1996) and Downtown Torpedoes (1997), shares memories of working in the Hong Kong and China film industry on a variety of projects with Matt, Dan and special guest/Hong Kong film fan, Jeff Briggs.
TFirst, we're proud to present Hitchcock's I Confess (1953) on Blu-ray! We follow this with Action Adventure and Thrills from the 50s and 60s with The Whip Hand (1951), Take the High Ground (1953) with Richard Widmark and Karl Malden, a remake/homage of King Solomon's Mines called Watusi (1959), The Angry Hills (1959) with Robert Mitchum, The Angel Wore Red (1960) starring Ava Gardner, Go Naked into the World (1961) with Gina Lollobrigida and Ivan Tors' Rhino! (1964). We wrap things up with the Urkel-tastic Family Matters Season 5 (1993-94).
This week we start with Christopher Guest's folk song mockumentary A Mighty Wind (2003) now on Blu-ray! Then we review five films from Samuel Goldwyn Productions including William Wyler's These Three (1936) with Miriam Hopkins and Merle Oberon, The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) and The Real Glory (1939) starring Gary Cooper, My Foolish Heart (1949) a.k.a Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut and finally Edge of Doom (1950) with Farely Granger. Animation fans may want to stick around for the listener's letter we answer on the air!
We discuss a delectable dectet of new additions to our library including Hitchcock on Blu-ray with The Wrong Man (1957), the riveting documentary Night Will Fall (2014), the final and fourth season of Lawman (1961-62), along with the TV movies Climb an Angry Mountain (1972) and The Hostage Heart (1977). Then we discuss some new Monogram-Allied Artists action films starring Wayne Morris including Sierra Passage (1950), Arctic Flight (1952), Desert Pursuit (1952) and The Desperado (1954). We wrap it up with the contemporary crime pic Mexican Manhunt (1953) with George Brent.