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The Elvis Movies

Elvis Presley was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, but he was also one of the most popular film stars from the mid-1950s through the late 1960s. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” film historian James L. Neibaur, author of “The Elvis Movies,” considers Elvis’ cinema output and place in film history.

The episode can be heard here.

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Lon Chaney Jr.: A Second Look

Although Lon Chaney Jr. secured a spot as horror film royalty by playing the title character in “The Wolfman,” his best work often occurred outside of the horror genre. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” film historian Troy Howarth explores Chaney’s erratic but often intriguing career, tracking his remarkable work in “Of Mice and Men” and “High Noon” and his shaky endeavors as “Son of Dracula” and in the “Inner Sanctum” series, with a pause to address the urban legend surrounding his live television “Frankenstein” performance.

The episode can be heard here.

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Montgomery Clift: A Tribute

Montgomery Clift created a remarkable output of film performances, blending Method Acting with an uncommon subtlety that has never been duplicated. Actor/writer Kevin Dolan is our guest on this episodes, which considers the on-screen triumphs and personal tragedies of this extraordinary actor.

The episode can be heard here.

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Disney After Walt: 1966-1985

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.”

The episode can be heard here.

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The Streisand Effect

Barbra Streisand does not inspire indifference – either you love her with a passion that knows no limits or you have the exact opposite emotions regarding her work. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” actor-comic-writer-raconteur Kevin Dolan returns to discuss the career highs and lows of the award-winning icon and her impact on audiences.

The episode can be heard here.

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Elizabeth Taylor Forever!

For the first episode of the fourth season of “The Online Movie Show with Phil Hall,” the focus is the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor, tracking her from precocious child star to glamourous screen icon to humanitarian work that saved thousands of lives. Actor-comic-writer-raconteur Kevin Dolan is the guest on this show, which is produced at Pleasant Podcasts.

The episode can be heard here.

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The Best in Movie Miscasting

John Wayne as Genghis Khan? Lucille Ball as Mame? On this episode, we celebrate some of the most wonderfully misguided examples of movie miscasting, including some still-controversial casting decisions (Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle, Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levi) and some noble endeavors that went awry (Marlon Brando’s Fletcher Christian, Jane Fonda as Ibsen’s Nora). Actor/writer Joe Mannetti returns to “The Online Movie Show” to give praise to the actors in the wrong roles.

The episode can be heard here.