Oct 31, 2022

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: October Roundup

The highlight of my listening this month was a pair of fantastic star interviews, one with Nancy Olson of Sunset Blvd. (1950), the other with Pat Priest, who is best known for playing Marilyn on The Munsters. All episode titles link to the shows: 

Ticklish Business 
September 21, 2022 

Nancy Olson had a major role in one of the most celebrated films of all time, Sunset Blvd. (1950), but there’s so many other fascinating things about her life. This interview brought back all the excitement I felt seeing her before a screening of the film at TCM Classic Film Festival a few years ago. She’s so fresh and modern in her thinking.

That’s Classic! 
September 26, 2022 

This was a great interview with Pat Priest, who played Marilyn, “the normal one” on the original Munsters television show. She had an amazing career beyond that legendary program. I loved her Elvis stories.

Lovers Forever 
September 12, 2022 

Ava Gardner Museum board member Lora Stocker was a favorite guest on my own podcast, so I wasn’t surprised to love this episode about her career and the museum’s Ava Gardner Festival. She has endless passion for Gardner and I can relate.

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour 
October 4, 2022 

This discussion about Blonde (2022), which featured Marilyn Monroe, but was not a biopic reinforced my decision to never see the controversial film which many fans of the actress found disrespectful and disturbing. Host Aisha Harris knows her classics and after listening to the episode, I felt like I was done with the issue.

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