The Commentary Track
Summary: Author and filmmaker Frank Thompson introduces his new podcast in which he discusses all aspects of movie history with filmmakers, actors, film historians, archivists and authors
Host Frank Thompson talks with author and professor John C. Tibbetts about their mutual experiences as writers and film historians, the National Film Society, American Classic Screen Magazine and many other topics.
Trace Beaulieu of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and "Cinematic Titanic" discusses with host Frank Thompson his love of silent film and his affection for the movies he lampoons for a living.
Frank Thompson talks with author and comedy writer David Pollock about his new book, "Bob and Ray. Keener Than Most Persons," a dual biography of the legendary radio team of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding.
Frank Thompson talks with author and film historian Jordan Young about his many books on film and his particular interest in character actors from Hollywood's Golden Age. Visit Jordan's Amazon Author Page for a complete list of his books, including his many e-books: http://www.amazon.com/Jordan-R.-Young/e/B001K8E7NW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0#/ref=la_B001K8E7NW_pg_2?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_82%3AB001K8E7NW&page=2&ie=UTF8&qid=1370919472
Frank Thompson talks with James Curtis who discusses his biographies of Spencer Tracy, W. C. Fields , Walter Huston and Preston Sturges, his friendship with actress Mae Clarke, and his upcoming book on William Cameron Menzies.
Author Steve Stoliar discusses his book "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House" and tells of his encounters with Groucho Marx, George Burns, Bob Hope, S. J. Perelman and many other luminaries.
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Host Frank Thompson talks with author, musician and film historian Brent E. Walker about his books on Mack Sennett and the Bowery Boys and about the influence of his mother, local historian Doris Walker.
Frank Thompson talks with director, editor and cinematographer Harrison Engle about making documentaries and about his work with the American Film Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Please note, Mr. Engle directed the documentary "Obsessed With Vertigo." It is available only in a package with the film "Vertigo," the Amazon link for which is on this page. His film "Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs" is also available from http://www.ejazzlines.com/Rhapsody-Films-JAZZ-DVDs-VIDEOS-c1219.html
Actor William Wellman Jr. talks with Frank Thompson about working with his father, legendary director William A. Wellman, as well as with other great directors including John Ford, Tay Garnett and George Marshall. He recalls a great Hollywood childhood in which he sat on Carole Lombard's lap, went fishing with Clark Gable and had milkshakes with Richard Widmark.
Frank Thompson talks with film director --and movie buff --Joe Dante. Dante discusses some of the films and filmmakers which influenced him. He also talks about his career beginnings with Roger Corman and about many of his own films including "Gremlins," "Piranha," "Hollywood Boulevard," "The Second Civil War," "The Howling" and many others.
Episode 34 - Joe Dante
Episode 34 - Joe Dante
Frank Thompson talks with Cissy Wellman about her father, director William A. Wellman and her career as an actor working with Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood, Howard Hawks and Richard Brooks as well as her own theatrical troupe, The Born to Act Players. See the "links" page for a link to the Born to Act Players' website.
Frank Thompson talks with author and Pulitzer prize winner Glenn Frankel about his book "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend." They discuss John Ford's classic film starring John Wayne as well as the true story on which the original novel and film were based, the 1836 kidnaping of Cynthia Ann Parker by the Commanches.