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The Kim Novak Enigma

Kim Novak was the last major star created by the Hollywood studio system, but she was also an iconoclastic screen personality who broke out of the blonde bombshell mold to create a distinctive force of personality. Actor and writer Joe Mannetti returns to “The Online Movie Show” to discuss Kim Novak’s remarkable and unpredictable career.

The episode can be heard here.

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In Search of William Beaudine

For too many years, filmmaker William Beaudine’s reputation was maligned with false stories of sloppy work and a “one-shot” approach to shooting. In reality, Beaudine was a talented and versatile creative artist who began his career with D.W. Griffith, directed such icons as Mary Pickford, Jean Harlow and W.C. Fields, and worked in the British film industry and for Walt Disney.
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The 1930s’ Female Comedy Teams

During the early 1930s, producer Hal Roach created a series of two-reel comedies that teamed Thelma Todd with ZaSu Pitts, then Thelma Todd with Patsy Kelly, and then Patsy Kelly with Pert Kelton and Patsy Kelly with Lyda Roberti. These comedies were unavailable for years, but now they are on DVD and are the subject of “The Hal Roach Comedy Shorts of Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts and Patsy Kelly” by James L. Neibaur, who is our guest on this episode of “The Online Movie Show.”

The episode can be heard here.

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The Rod Serling Experience

Rod Serling was one of the most influential writers of the 1950s and 1960s, creating the memorable teleplays “Patterns” and “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” the screenplays for “Seven Days in May” and “Planet of the Apes” and a certain TV show that takes us traveling into another dimension. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” Nicholas Parisi, author of “Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination,” discusses Serling’s remarkable career.

The episode can be heard here.

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Winsor McCay: The Artist as a Young Man

Winsor McCay was one of the most important pioneers in the development of animated films, and his creations Gertie the Dinosaur and Little Nemo are still celebrated for their wit and artistry. In this episode, we learn about McCay’s formative years and the influences that helped to shape his creative genius. Our guest on this episode of “The Online Movie Show” is Kevin Scott Collier, author of “Winsor McCay: Boyhood Dreams: Growing Up In Spring Lake, Michigan 1867-1885.”

The episode can be heard here.

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The Animated Wizard of Oz Films

Everyone knows the 1939 film version of “The Wizard of Oz,” but there were also a large number of animated film and television adaptations of the L. Frank Baum books. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” Kevin Scott Collier, author of “The Wonderful Animated World of The Wizard of Oz,” discusses how Dorothy and her friends occupied the animation genre.

The episode can be heard here.