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Lon Davis – The Real Three Stooges

Film historian Lon Davis talks about the off-screen lives of The Three Stooges, including some personal encounters he experienced with Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe Besser during the 1970s. A special thank you to Kevin Macleod for the beautiful classical music selection (69)

John O’Dowd – Barbara Payton Remembered

Barbara Payton’s meteoric rise to movie stardom and her equally rapid descent into a harrowing fate is one of the most tragic stories of 1950s Hollywood. On this episode, film historian John O’Dowd traces Barbara Payton’s tumultuous life and her impact on the movie culture. A special thank you to Kevin Macleod for the beautiful […]

Ben Model – A Voice for Silent Films

  Ben Model is a silent film historian and archivist who has created and performed original music for silent film presentations and has produced and released DVDs of rare silent comedy. In this episode, Phil Hall discusses the importance of the silent film legacy in our cultural heritage. “The Online Movie Show” is produced at […]

Peter L. Winkler – The Real James Dean

Peter L. Winkler, editor of “The Real James Dean”, talks about the life and career of 1950s Hollywood icon James Dean. (9)

Retro Cinema – Mike Watt’s Fervid Filmmaking

Mike Watt’s new book Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-Restraint is something of a breath of fresh air within cinema scholarship. This entertaining celebration of highly idiosyncratic movies rescues a number of bizarre and remarkable films from obscurity while offering a visceral new appreciation of films that were scornfully treated […]

Retro Cinema – Maureen O’Hara: The Biography

The film career of Maureen O’Hara represents something of an anomaly. A leading lady from the late 1930s through the early 1970s, her output represents an astonishing number of classic works: Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Dance, Girl, Dance; How Green Was My Valley; The Black Swan; This Land is Mine; Sinbad […]

Retro Cinema – Onward & Upward

Michael Wiese was responsible for bringing me into the world of book publishing. My first two books, The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies (20040 and Independent Film Distribution (2006), were published by his company Michael Wiese Productions. Strangely, I am nowhere to be found in Wiese’s new memoir, Onward & Upward. But considering the cast of […]

Retro Cinema – The Bible – In the Beginning

This grand endeavor was among the seemingly endless number of multinational epic collaborations that polluted cinemas during the 1960s. It was helmed by an Italian producer (Dino De Laurentiis) and an American director (John Huston) who brought together a mix of U.S. and European actors and a Japanese composer (Toshirô Mayuzumi) to recreate the first […]

Retro Cinema – Mame

When Paper magazine film critic Dennis Dermody was asked to name the scariest film of all time, he did not choose a horror flick or a thriller. Instead, he picked a musical starring one of the most beloved entertainers of the twentieth century. “Lucille Ball wearing that awful mask and singing ‘We Need a Little […]

Retro Cinema – The Buster Keaton Story

The rise and fall of the great silent comedy star was certainly a compelling story, but almost nothing of his tumultuous existence found its way into this weird offering. In this bizarre fantasy, Keaton is the son of struggling vaudeville performers who sneaks into “Famous Studios” and catches the eye of casting director Gloria Brent, […]

Retro Cinema – The Life of Oharu

Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1952 film classic is adapted from the 17th century novel The Life of an Amorous Woman by Ihara Saikaku, but it resonates with an emotional maturity that results in a work of timeless drama. The film opens with the 50-year-old street prostitute Oharu, played with extraordinary subtlety by Kinuyo Tanaka, recalling the circumstances […]