80 episodes

A Feel-Good Classic Hollywood Podcast | This uplifting Classic Hollywood podcast offers inspirational insights into the films of the Golden Age & the stars who made them great.

Vanguard of Hollywood Shannon Allen

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

A Feel-Good Classic Hollywood Podcast | This uplifting Classic Hollywood podcast offers inspirational insights into the films of the Golden Age & the stars who made them great.

    Beyond The Dr. Pepper Girl: An Interview with Donna Loren

    Beyond The Dr. Pepper Girl: An Interview with Donna Loren

    Donna Loren was the quintessential “It” girl of the 1960’s who caught America’s eye as the one and only Dr. Pepper Girl.  But Donna held America’s interest with her impossibly beautiful singing voice.  From the Mickey Mouse Club to her roles in the beloved Beach Party films, TV’s Batman, The Monkees, and as a cast member of America’s first live rock n’ roll television show, Shindig, Donna Loren proved herself to be one of the most talented singers of her generation.  Listen as Donna shares all about her fascinating life and career.

    • 47 min
    Radiant Beauty: An Interview with Marta Kristen

    Radiant Beauty: An Interview with Marta Kristen

    Blonde and beautiful, you probably know Marta Kristen best as Judy Robinson in the beloved sci-fi classic television show, Lost in Space (1965-1968).  From her early years hiding from Nazis in an underground orphanage in Norway, to her versatile performances on the stage and screen, to her nearly 40-year marriage, and a children’s book Marta is currently writing and illustrating herself, the beauty of Marta Kristen literally radiates from within.  Listen to Shannon’s interview with Marta to be inspired by her extraordinary life.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Remarkable Gene Kelly: An Interview with Patricia Ward Kelly

    The Remarkable Gene Kelly: An Interview with Patricia Ward Kelly

    Shannon joins Gene Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, in the Gene Kelly Archives for this special interview.  As Gene’s wife and official biographer, Patricia brings a unique perspective to her work: No one knows Gene like Patricia, and she is the definitive source on all things relating to her legendary husband.  Listen as Patricia shares about her life with Gene, debunks several Singin’ in the Rain (1952) myths, and highlights Gene’s rich creative legacy in front of, and behind, the camera.

    • 56 min
    A Force of Nature: An Interview with Paul Petersen

    A Force of Nature: An Interview with Paul Petersen

    You probably know Paul Petersen best as Donna Reed's son on The Donna Reed Show, but Paul's show business career began as one of the original sixteen Mouseketeers. In addition to working with Hollywood Legends like Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, Paul also enjoyed a successful music career with Motown. But Paul is most proud of his work to better the lives of kid actors. Listen as Paul shares about his Hollywood career and inspiring work with his foundation, A Minor Consideration.

    • 42 min
    Marilyn Monroe's Little Brother: An Interview with Scott Morrow

    Marilyn Monroe's Little Brother: An Interview with Scott Morrow

    As one of the most featured child actors of the Golden Age, Scott Morrow has more than 95 television credits and 16 feature films to his name. From Peyton Place to An Affair to Remember and The Donna Reed Show, Scott worked with the best of the best. Listen as Scott shares highlights from his remarkable career, and memories of his sweet brother-sister relationship with Marilyn Monroe.

    • 40 min
    Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties with Foster Hirsch

    Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties with Foster Hirsch

    In this interview special, Shannon welcomes back film historian Foster Hirsch to discuss his new book, Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties. Listen to discover which mogul saved Hollywood, if the blacklist could have been avoided, and what Jimmy Stewart and Marlon Brando have in common.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

nsosdadpodcast ,

Paul Newman series is excellent

Don’t miss the Paul Newman series. It’s excellent. Thanks for setting the record straight about Paul and Patricia Neal.

Thanks again Joe!

The Geeks Strike Back ,

Fantastic interviews

Shannon is a fantastic interviewer. She brings the best out of everyone she talks to. Truly an uplifting experience every episode. Be sure to listen to her interviews with Donna, Marta, and Patricia. Fascinating women with great stories to tell.

Mrs Skinny Skip ,

Patricia Kelly

This was a fantastic interview. I particularly was impressed that she documented his life the way she did before and after marriage. Lovely woman.

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