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The podcast that makes cannabis a gateway drug to classic cinema.

Co-hosted by Bob Calhoun, Philena Franklin, Cory Sklar & Greg Franklin

Old Movies For Young Stoners Bob Calhoun

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

The podcast that makes cannabis a gateway drug to classic cinema.

Co-hosted by Bob Calhoun, Philena Franklin, Cory Sklar & Greg Franklin

    S1E8 - The Elvis Episode w/ Roustabout (1964) & The World's Greatest Sinner (62)

    S1E8 - The Elvis Episode w/ Roustabout (1964) & The World's Greatest Sinner (62)

    Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS is upon us, so it is now time for OMFYS' ELVIS EPISODE! First, Elvis Presley himself is a karate-chopping, motorcycle-riding, rock and roll rebel with a big chip on his shoulder who falls in with a traveling carnival in ROUSTABOUT (1964). Only Elvis' singing can keep the carnival from being gobbled up by a sideshow conglomerate, so it's up to carny queen Barbara Stanwyck (!) to convince him to stop being a dick long enough to save the show in what is (kinda sorta) the Elvis movie version of Nightmare Alley. Also starring Joan Freeman and the age appropriate love interest and Leif Erickson as the drunken carnival foreman who runs Elvis off the road in a fit of rage + Richard Kiel as the strong man, Teri Garr shaking her tail as a cooch tent dancer and Billy Barty as the butt of Elvis' cancellable jokes. Raquel Welch is also in here somewhere. Produced by Hal Wallis (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, True Grit) if you can believe that! Roustabout is currently streaming for free with ads on Pluto.

    And next, we go for a bit of ELVIS PANIC with THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER (1962), the zero-budget passion project from Timothy Carey, the unhinged character actor who once drove Marlon Brando to stab him with a pencil. Best known for small but utterly engrossing performances in Kubrick's The Killing (1956) and Paths of Glory (1957), Carey poured everything he had (including the labor of several family members) into this tale of Clarence Hilliard, a bored insurance salesman who transforms himself into a dangerous cult leader and proclaims himself a god through very Elvis-like rock and roll performances. Featuring Paul Frees (Mars and Beyond/Episode 3) as the voice of the Devil himself and music by a very young Frank Zappa. Now streaming on Prime for an extra 99¢ rental.

    All this plus Robert Lopez AKA EL VEZ stops by to discuss the upcoming mega Elvis biopic, Elvis Presley's own movie career and the continuing impact of the King of Rock and Roll on pop culture.

    Hosts: Bob Calhoun, Cory Sklar, and the father-daughter duo of Greg Franklin & Philena Franklin

    Weed is available at your local dispensary in participating states.

    • 1 hr
    S1E7 - OMFYS Goes Dark AF w/ Detour (1945) & The Naked Kiss (1964)

    S1E7 - OMFYS Goes Dark AF w/ Detour (1945) & The Naked Kiss (1964)

    Special guest Justin Wiese of Torn Light Records and the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati joins us as we go DARK AF. We begin with the inescapable fatalism of director Edgar Ulmer's film noir classic DETOUR from 1945 where Tom Neal as sadsack Al Roberts is thrust into a tragedy of errors as he thumbs a ride across the country. Just when things couldn't get any worse, they do when he hooks up with Ann Savage as Vera, the venom-spitting queen cobra of all film noir. Savage more than lives up to her surname with an intense performance that has our panel of potheads leaning sativa just to keep up with her. Then we go a little Neo-noir but still black and white with two-fisted auteur Sam Fuller's shocking gut punch, The Naked Kiss (1964 with Constance Towers as a vengeful ex-hooker who tries to go straight in a small town only to find that polite society is way more twisted than the sleaziest brothel. This one comes with some haunting dream sequences punctuated by bursts of brutal violence capped off with a message that makes Greg Franklin categorize this as "wokesploitation."

    Hosts: Bob Calhoun, Cory Sklar, Philena Franklin + the epic return of Greg Franklin of Six Point Harness Studios, who had been away on assignment. Guest starring Justin Wiese.

    Detour is streaming without ads on Kanopy and Criterion Channel and free with ads on tubi, Roku Channel, and Pluto + there's a blasphemous colorized version on Prime.

    The Naked Kiss is streaming on Prime, Criterion Channel, HBOMax, Tubi, and Kanopy.

    Audio clips courtesy of Archive.org.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S1E6 - Harryhausen vs. Toho w/ 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) and All Monsters Attack (1969)

    S1E6 - Harryhausen vs. Toho w/ 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) and All Monsters Attack (1969)

    Godzilla and Ray Harryhausen! We've got dudes in rubber suits AND stop-motion animation going on. We're taking a break from the trippy Euro art films we've been featuring on OMFYS lately and going back to basics with some goddamned MONSTER MOVIES! First up, we have 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957) from special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. Thrill to a giant space dinosaur from Venus rampaging through Rome and fighting an elephant! And chill through expository scenes of military men in offices that sent Cory and Philena pushing the forward button. SPOILER ALERT: think Sativa for this one. And then we reassess the kaiju batshit craziness of ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (1969) aka GODZILLA'S REVENGE, a tender tale of a young boy bullied by neighborhood kids so hard that he escapes to Monster Island where he pals around with Godzilla's nonbinary child Manilla (aka Minya) and learns to fight his own battles from the big man himself, Godzilla! All this plus giant mantids, spiders, lobsters and a new red-headed monster called Gabera. Conventional wisdom calls this the worst Godzilla movie but OMFYS is here to say, "no way!" It's a psychedelic masterpiece (and a little bit of an art film, so we can't really escape). Enjoy!

    • 48 min
    S1E5 - Valerie & Her Week of Wonders (1970) + Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

    S1E5 - Valerie & Her Week of Wonders (1970) + Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

    Sex vampires! Demonic possession! The burning of heretics! Sexual awakenings! Polecats! They're all right here in a pair of full color fantasias from Europe. First, young Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerová) finds her journey into womanhood fraught with grotesque vampires, pervy priests and vicious polecats in the Czech new wave weirdness of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). Then, Italian maestro Federico Fellini explores similar themes in Juliet of the Spirits (1965) where his wife and muse Giulietta Masina is thrust into a dreamlike world by suspicions of her husband's infidelity. As in our first film, we've got the burning of witches, demonic possession, and creepy nuns, but it's Fellini so there's also a tree house with a sex elevator and plenty of circus weirdness all set to a jaunty Nino Rota score.

    Philena Franklin and Cory Sklar are here to recommend the weed and Bob Calhoun brings us all down by talking about the Soviet tanks rolling into Prague.

    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders in streaming on Criterion Channel and Juliet of the Spirits is streaming on HBOMax and Criterion. Weed is at your dispensary in participating states.

    • 51 min
    S1E4 - Justice for the Old Hag with Georges Melies shorts and The Red Shoes (1948)

    S1E4 - Justice for the Old Hag with Georges Melies shorts and The Red Shoes (1948)

    OMFYS goes back to the beginning of cinema itself for The Infernal Cauldron (1903) and The Old Hag AKA The Witch (1906), a pair of trippy AF shorts directed by Georges Méliès, the French magician who invented special effects and directed the first sci-fi film. We follow this up with a deep discussion of the equally hallucinatory technicolor madness of The Red Shoes from the esteemed filmmaking duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in 1948. We've also got our very first guest host joining us with actor and actual young stoner Philena Franklin. Bob blathers on about history and junk while Greg, Cory and Philena recommend the green bud. All three films this ep are streaming on HBOMax while Red Shoes can also be found on Prime and Criterion Channel. The cannabis is at your local dispensary in participating states. I hear that some of those dispensaries deliver around here too, so you can just watch classic films and get baked.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S1E3 - Psychedelic Disney with 3 Caballeros (1944) & Mars and Beyond (1957)

    S1E3 - Psychedelic Disney with 3 Caballeros (1944) & Mars and Beyond (1957)

    Cory, Greg and Bob journey to the magical kingdom of Disney+ for a pair of the most psychedelic propaganda films ever produced. First, Donald Duck flies through Latin America on a magic sarape in The Three Caballeros, and then join Walt and his clunky robot pal Garco for a major dose of tripped-out space triumphalism in the Ward Kimball masterpiece, Mars and Beyond. The movies are all on Disney+ and the cannabis is at your local dispensary.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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