Episode 88 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This week we have two special guests who join us for the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Lana Rosario and David Tyler McKay join us with little more than childhood memories of orange soda.  After a viewing of the film, we discuss all the ways it might not work for some modern audiences but also all the ways this film changed the movie industry forever.  It is also important to note that we are talking about dwarfs.  Not dwarves.

Next up, we will watch The Quiet Man!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs poster Rating: 7.6/10 (139,118 votes)
Director: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen
Writer: Jacob Grimm (fairy tales), Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tales), Ted Sears (story adaptation), Richard Creedon (story adaptation), Otto Englander (story adaptation), Dick Rickard (story adaptation), Earl Hurd (story adaptation), Merrill De Maris (story adaptation), Dorothy Ann Blank (story adaptation), Webb Smith (story adaptation)
Stars: Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Adriana Caselotti, Hall Johnson Choir
Runtime: 83 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Released: 04 Feb 1938
Plot: Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple.

Episode 72 – King Kong

Img_kingkong1We remain in the jungle for a third straight episode as we watch King Kong!  We begin in an actual jungle and then transition to a concrete one!  Given the time period, we are treated to more racism and sexism but also a monster movie that will, from that point on, be the movie against which all other giant monster movies will be measured.  Including the remakes of this film.  You owe it to yourself to start with the original.  We make sure to provide constant musical tribute to special effects wizard Willis O’Brien.

Next up, we are watching 8 1/2!

King Kong (1933)
King Kong poster Rating: 8.0/10 (63,736 votes)
Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Writer: James Ashmore Creelman (screen play), Ruth Rose (screen play), Merian C. Cooper (from an idea conceived by), Edgar Wallace (from an idea conceived by)
Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher
Runtime: 100 min
Rated: UNRATED
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Released: 07 Apr 1933
Plot: A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Episode 71 – Tarzan

Tarzan_the_Ape_Man_(1932)_Trailer_-O'Sullivan_&_WeissmullerThis episode, we return to the jungle with a look back at the quintessential Tarzan film – Tarzan the Ape Man! Featuring Johnny Weismuller and his abs (also Maureen O’Sullivan), the film is basically about Africa killing all sorts of African American extras while most of the white people survive.  There are lions and elephants and hippos and crocodiles (even though they are alligators) and more!  Enjoy this classic trip down movie racism lane!*

Next up, we’ll be watching the original King Kong!

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Tarzan the Ape Man poster Rating: 7.2/10 (5,403 votes)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Writer: Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by), Cyril Hume (adaptation), Ivor Novello (dialogue)
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan
Runtime: 100 min
Rated: PASSED
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Released: 02 Apr 1932
Plot: A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

*Note: The book is EVEN MORE racist!

Episode 66 – Stagecoach

StagecoachWe take a trip down Western lane with the John Wayne/John Ford classic, Stagecoach!  This film basically made a superstar out of Wayne and defined the western genre for the next several decades.  It features Ford’s favorite location – monument valley – as well as his favorite actor.  In addition to Wayne, the movie also stars a lot of very well known character actors including Andy Devine and John Carradine.  Interesting trivia: Wayne was not the first billed actor in this film.  That was Claire Trevor!

Our next movie will be the 2016 Best Picture winner, Spotlight!

Stagecoach (1939)
Stagecoach poster Rating: 7.9/10 (29968 votes)
Director: John Ford
Writer: Ernest Haycox (original story), Dudley Nichols (screen play)
Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Adventure, Western
Released: 2 Mar 1939
Plot: A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Episode 62 – Dracula

DraculaWe’ve been circling this one for a while.  Having watched Ed Wood, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Horror of Dracula, it is finally time to look at the role that both defined and trapped Bela Lugosi: Dracula.  Our first Universal horror film and one of the best known, we took a look at this classic retelling of Bram Stoker’s novel.  After watching the movie, we talked about the careers of many of the actors, the legacy of Universal horror films and – as always – a bunch of other stuff.

Up next, we stick with classic horror and watch The Phantom of the Opera!

Dracula (1931)
Dracula poster Rating: 7.6/10 (31,379 votes)
Director: Tod Browning
Writer: Bram Stoker (by), Hamilton Deane (from the play adapted by), John L. Balderston (from the play adapted by), Garrett Fort (play)
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye
Runtime: 85 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Horror
Released: 14 Feb 1931
Plot: The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.