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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 • 40 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.

    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
    A Lucky Interview with Mimi Gibson

    A Lucky Interview with Mimi Gibson

    In this special episode, Shannon interviews Mimi Gibson, one of the most sought-after child actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Mimi is best known as the voice of Lucky in 101 Dalmatians (1961) and as Cary Grant's daughter in Houseboat (1958). Listen as Mimi shares her stories and experiences from working during the most exciting time in movies and television, and her post-acting work to better the lives of today's working kids in Hollywood.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Importance of Thank You Notes: A Lesson from Jackie Robinson

    The Importance of Thank You Notes: A Lesson from Jackie Robinson

    Classic baseball history and a thank you note written by Jackie Robinson inspire this episode about the importance of giving thanks.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Themissingchao ,

Best Gene Kelly Interview

I've listened to just about every interview Patricia Ward Kelly has given about her late husband and this one is the best. Shannon's questions are well-researched and interesting, and prompt Patricia to share new insights and information about Gene. And, as always, Patricia is interesting and articulate. If you're a Gene Kelly fan, listen to this interview.

Aa099623 ,

Loved it!

"Vanguard of Hollywood" delivers inspirational insights into Golden Age films and the stars who defined them, making it essential for classic cinema enthusiasts. Looking forward to future episodes!

Nubian Lyaness ,

Loving the interviews

The interviews are amazing! So great to hear from stars who were actually there and the people who knew them. Shannon asks all the right questions. Can't wait for more!

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