Jan 27, 2021

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: January Round-up

I was grateful to have so many podcasts I wanted to listen to over this turbulent past month. It was wonderful to escape into the great conversations and fascinating facts in these well-crafted shows:

Imaginary Worlds Podcast 
Betty Boop and the Hays Code 
January 20, 2021 

I like the format of this podcast: host Eric Molinsky interviews several experts about his subject, in this case, Betty Boop and her journey from Pre-code short skirts to high collars and low hems. Here he talks to Thomas Dougherty, Marya Gates, and Boop co-creator Max Fleischer’s grandson Mark (his wife Susan Wilking Horan weighs in with some great insights as well). It was like listening to a well-written magazine article.

Comedy History 101 
February 28, 2020 

I’ve long known how Charlie Chaplin’s films and image were liberally ripped off in the movie industry during his heyday, but this was the first I’d heard about the actual men who impersonated him. Billy West, the most prominent Chaplin imitator gets the most attention here; apparently his inspiration walked by while he was filming and praised his work. I was amused by the stories of the other imitators as well though, especially the hilariously-named Charlie Aplin.

Classic Movie Musts 
January 8, 2021 

Writer Jeremy Arnold (The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter) shares his impressive film knowledge as he discusses the early caper film The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). I don’t remember loving this Alec Guinness classic when I first saw it years ago; after listening to this episode I’m eager to give it another try.

Cinema Shame 
January 18, 2021 

Nora Fiore (aka The Nitrate Diva) has the widest-ranging, most infectious love for film. It’s always a delight to hear her talk about cinema, because she gets right to the heart of why it is so appealing and how it connects with the world around us. Here she and host James Patrick discuss a fascinating selection of Films Noir: some classic, some lesser known. A good place to find viewing suggestions, but the conversation is fascinating in itself.

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