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Think Pink: DePatie-Freleng Animation

This show celebrates the Oscar-winning DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, the animation studio responsible for such beloved characters as The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads and The Dogfather. Mark Arnold, author of “Think Pink: The DePatie-Freleng Story,” joins us to celebrate the innovative artists behind these beloved animated shorts. This program is produced at […]

Retro Cinema – In Old Chicago

They don’t make films like this 1937 extravaganza from 20th Century Fox, and that might be a good thing! An epic inspired by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this production obliterated historical accuracy in pursuit of cheap laughs, mild sex appeal and enough corn to keep the nation’s ethanol plants at full production for […]

Tuba Atlantic Trailer

SYNOPSIS: When 70 year old Oskar is told that he has only six days left to live, he wants to make things right with his brother who lives in New Jersey. Inger, a public “death angel” is sent out to help Oskar through his remaining days in Norway. A huge tuba stands at the edge […]

Retro Cinema – A Thousand Clowns

It is difficult for a contemporary viewer to understand why Fred Coe’s 1965 comedy “A Thousand Clowns” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, an honor that put it in the company of “The Sound of Music”, “Doctor Zhivago”, “Darling”, and “Ship of Fools”. Those other four films are considered classics, while “A Thousand […]

Retro Cinema – Save the Tiger

John G. Avildsen’s 1973 SAVE THE TIGER can be seen as a gift that keeps giving. At the time of its release, it served as a damning indictment of an American society that was morally adrift from its core values. Viewed today, it feels uncommonly contemporary. And at its center is a pair of startling […]

Retro Cinema – Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough

No one ever accused Jacqueline Susann of being a great writer – or even a good one – and the challenge of turning her trashy novels into respectable movies bordered on alchemy. Director Guy Green and screenwriter Julius J. Epstein deserved kudos for their attempt to make Jacqueline Susann’s ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH into a […]

Retro Cinema – Siege

Following the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939, U.S. journalist and cameraman Julien Bryan was among the last Western reporters remaining in Warsaw while the city was under attack. Working at great danger to himself, Bryan shot a documentary record of the deprivation and struggle faced by the Warsaw residents as their city was […]

Retro Cinema – The Year of Living Dangerously

If Peter Weir’s THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY is recalled today, it is strictly for the astonishing performance by American actress Linda Hunt as Billy Kwan, a male Eurasian dwarf.  Hunt’s gender-bending transformation is an extraordinary achievement anyone coming to the film unaware of the unusual casting would be hard pressed to identify the performer […]

Retro Cinema – When Magoo Flew

In today’s age of oh-so-political correctness, the Mr. Magoo cartoons are being kept as far away from kids as possible. Okay, the classic Magoo spin on “A Christmas Carol” turns up every December, but the real Magoo classics the UPA theatrical shorts of the 1950s and the made-for-TV offerings of the early 1960s are no […]

Retro Cinema – Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!

Nowadays, the 1975 film GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY! is chiefly remembered as a trivia answer: it is one of only two films where the full cast was nominated for Academy Awards. The other film was the 1972 SLEUTH, a two-man film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.  The cast of GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY! was […]

Retro Cinema – A Little Night Music

Some films seem to live under a unique dark cloud, and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC clearly fits that sorry description. The problems started early with the death of its original leading man (Peter Finch) prior to production and continued when financing woes shut down the filming. During these delays, leading lady Elizabeth Taylor’s weight fluctuated […]