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Classic Movie Recall

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Lara and James welcome classic film commentator and author Jeremy Arnold to chat about one of the most popular MGM musicals of the 1940s, starring the one and only Judy Garland. Based on a series of short stories from New Yorker Magazine, MEET
TCM's Dave Karger joins for this chat about a comedy based on a 1939 play of the same name. Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley) is invited to dine at the home of a wealthy factory owner, but he slips on some ice outside their house and is confin
Orson Welles produced, co-wrote, directed and stars in his 1941 masterpiece about a rich newspaper tycoon who utters the word “rosebud” on his deathbed. A newspaper reporter is then assigned to investigate the meaning of “rosebud,” uncovering
Based on the 1890s novel by HG Wells, this 1953 Technicolor sci-fi classic depicts a devastating Martian attack on Los Angeles. The film received the Academy Award for Special Effects and went on to influence generations of filmmakers. Lara an
Before there was Warren Beatty in HEAVEN CAN WAIT… before there was Chris Rock in DOWN TO EARTH, there was Robert Montgomery in HERE COMES MR. JORDAN! Join as as we travel to the great beyond — to heaven! And who is “Mr. Jordan”, anyway? Fin
Winner of Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Actress for Janet Gaynor, Sunrise is a spectacular cinematic experience. Director F. W. Murnau’s crowning achievement is often considered the greatest silent film ever m
This beloved historical drama is on just about everyone’s top-ten list of favorite films. Based on the 1926 autobiography The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by British officer TE Lawrence, many people call it “the greatest film ever made”! In this epi
In this episode of the Classic Movie Recall podcast, James Moll and Lara Scott review one of the greatest swashbuckling adventures of the 1930s, CAPTAIN BLOOD stars Errol Flynn in the role that made him a star. The film was directed by Michael
Bonnie and Clyde is a groundbreaking film that pushed the limits on sex and violence in cinema. Warren Beatty produced the film and also stars as Clyde Barrow, an ex-con during the Great Depression who falls in love with a bored waitress played
Two showgirls (Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe) cross the Atlantic on a first-class ocean liner and all the eligible men on board do their best to vie for their attention. Jane Russell’s character (Dorothy) picks the handsome ones; while Marily
From the “master of suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock, this 1940 film is the story of a young woman who marries a grieving widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife who recently died mysterious death. It’s
Claudette Colbert jumps ship (literally) to escape her father’s disapproval and she ends up meeting Clark Gable on a bus. What could possibly go right? Join Lara Scott and James Moll as they welcome Randy Haberkamp from the Academy of Motion Pi
Charlie Chaplin’s THE KID (1921) is often overlooked in favor of his later films like CITY LIGHTS or MODERN TIMES. However, this is one you definitely should see, whether you’re new to classic film or have been a Chaplin fan for years. Lara and
Pour yourself a glass of eggnog and get ready for an episode that gives you a gift: an opportunity to discover a great classic film with two brilliant performances, destined to become one of your lifelong Christmas traditions!
Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning 1951 film, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams. Kazan directed the Broadway play, and brought all of the leads -- except one -- for the movie. James and Lara discu
THE WIZARD OF OZ is a 1939 classic film beloved by children everywhere, but how does it hold up when you watch it as a grownup? For starters, the Wicked Witch of the West seems even MORE terrifying! James and Lara get into it with our “Audience
Film production designer Scott Chambliss (TOMORROWLAND, STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS) joins James and Lara to discuss this GIANT of a film. Director George Stevens took on some serious themes in this 1956 Classic that are still relevant today, and
Splendor In The Grass (1961) by James Moll & Lara Scott
A monocle, an eggbeater...and ONE of Marlene Dietrich’s famous legs! James and Lara settle into the jury box to discuss Billy Wilder’s WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957), which was based on an Agatha Christie play. In this episode, James admits
When it came out in 1946, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES became the most successful film since GONE WITH THE WIND. The movie connected deeply with a country that was recovering from World War II as it told the story of three combat veterans, each
The Philadelphia Story(1940) by James Moll & Lara Scott
What did the film CHICKEN EVERY SUNDAY have to do with the making of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET? Did Santa actually play himself? And why was Maureen O’Hara so mad when she got the call to head to New York to make this movie? Put on your favorite u
James and Lara recorded this episode (there is an audio and a video version) at the historic King Vidor/John Barrymore/Tony Scott estate in Beverly Hills. John was actually living there while he made DINNER AT EIGHT (1933), which was filmed jus
"I shall never forget the weekend Laura died." Clifton Webb's infamous dialogue opens LAURA (1944) with the revelation that the main character is dead, and it is the perfect beginning to a perfect film noir. James and Lara dive into director Ot
Our podcast about THE CHEAT (1915) is actually a welcome excuse to talk about the art of silent film. Find out why film historian and motion picture preservationist Randy Haberkamp’s choice of THE CHEAT turned out to be a perfect springboard f
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