One of the most successful film series of all time were the Ma and Pa Kettle comedies starring Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride as a rustic couple who were always getting into some crazy trouble. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” we revisit those wonderful movies with Lon Davis, co-author of the new book “Ma and Pa Kettle on Film” (published by BearManor Media).
Following Walt Disney’s death in 1966, his namesake company entered a tumultuous period that showed great achievements in film, TV and theme parks, as well as a harrowing time when the company faced a hostile corporate takeover. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” the guest is Mark Arnold, author of “Frozen in Ice: The Story of Walt Disney Productions, 1966-1985.”
Jane Russell’s stardom was engineered by Howard Hughes’ fervid imagination, and her initial publicity overemphasized her remarkable physique. But she was a genuinely talented performer adept at light comedy and melodrama. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” actor/writer Joe Mannetti returns to offer a tribute to Jane Russell’s iconic place in Hollywood history.
Betty Grable was among the most popular box office stars of the 1940s and early 1950s, but she rarely received the critical acclaim she deserved. On this episode, actor and writer Joe Mannetti offers his insight on Betty Grable’s distinctive talents as a singer, dancer and actress.
Directed by Jason James and written by Jason Filiatrault, Entanglement is an odd comedy about a man trying to kill himself after the woman he loved cheated on him and left. His wanting to die leads him into therapy as one would expect but also on a quest after finding out he almost had an adoptive sister. While looking for her, more about him is shown and his character is developed as an oddball who is oddly relatable and who is trying to survive against his own judgment of himself. The character is attaching and he is one that annoys at first and eventually grows on the viewer. The way this is written and put on screen makes the character feel human while still a bit odd while the entirety of film has a very specific feel to it that is hard to pinpoint but works for the story at hand.
On this episode, we will be exploring the evolution of LGBT cinema and the film world’s historic progress (and ongoing challenges) in presenting gay and lesbian characters and LGBT-themed subjects. Our guest is actor/comic/social commentator Kevin Dolan.