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An interview podcast featuring conversations with fascinating guests who love classic movies. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/k-cruver/support

Watching Classic Movies K Cruver

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An interview podcast featuring conversations with fascinating guests who love classic movies. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/k-cruver/support

    Talking Fleischer Studios Cartoon Restoration and The Unlikely Social Media Star Koko the Ghost Clown with Fleischer Historian Ray Pointer and Rockin' Pins Owner Mauricio Alvarado

    Talking Fleischer Studios Cartoon Restoration and The Unlikely Social Media Star Koko the Ghost Clown with Fleischer Historian Ray Pointer and Rockin' Pins Owner Mauricio Alvarado

    When I saw that a social media filter featuring the dancing ghost of Koko the Clown had gone viral, I had to know the story behind it. What I found was a great team that is working to preserve the timeless ‘toons of Max Fleischer, which featured Betty Boop, Popeye, Koko the Clown, and consisted of hundreds of fascinating animated shorts. This is my first dual interview on the show. Ray Pointer has been a Fleischer scholar for decades. He is the author of the essential Fleischer Studios tome The Art and Inventions of Max Fleischer: American Animation Pioneer. Mauricio Alvarado is the owner of Rockin’ Pins, a merchandising company with licenses for several entertainment properties, including many Fleischer ‘toons characters, including Koko the Clown Ghost. The pair have worked in partnership with Jane Fleischer Reid, granddaughter of Max, to bring new attention these timeless ‘toons by funding restorations, hosting screenings, and spreading the word at conventions and other special events. I was deeply impressed with the knowledge and passion these two shared in our conversation. 



    To support the Fleischer Cartoon Restoration Project, you can become a patron at Patreon 

    Find all of the Fleischer 'Toons social media accounts at their LinkTree 

    You can buy official Fleischer Studios merchandise (which helps support the restoration) and Ray Pointer's book at Rockin' Pins. 

    This is a great interview with Ray Pointer, conducted by Jane Fleischer Reid, which goes into more detail about his book and Fleischer research.  

    Official Fabulous Fleischer Cartoons Restored! YouTube Channel 

    Ray Pointer's YouTube Channel 

    You can purchase Ray Pointer's DVD releases of Fleischer 'toons on his website.



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    • 42 min
    Author of Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies Lara Gabrielle

    Author of Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies Lara Gabrielle

    My guest, Lara Gabrielle is the author of Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies. We talked about Davies career, which was more successful than rumor would have it, her unique and mysterious long-term relationship with William Randolph Hearst, the enormous good she did for friends, family, and the community, and how unraveling the myths about her is a crucial part of telling her story. 

    You can learn more about Lara’s book and how to buy it at University of California Press. 

    Films discussed: 

    Show People (1928) 

    The Patsy (1928) 

    The Cardboard Lover (1928) 

    Five and Ten (1931) 

    Blondie of the Follies (1932) 

    The Bachelor Father (1931)

     Little Old New York (1923) 

    When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)



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    • 30 min
    Talking the Anna May Wong Quarter and The Trailblazing Star's Legacy with Author Paula Yoo

    Talking the Anna May Wong Quarter and The Trailblazing Star's Legacy with Author Paula Yoo

    My guest, Paula Yoo is a screenwriter, producer, violinist and author of several books for young readers including the gorgeous picture book Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story, with illustrations by Lin Wang. We talked about the significance of the new quarter featuring Wong, the first Asian American to be on US currency, her difficult, but fruitful career as a movie actress and how her story relates to the challenges we face as a society today. 



    Learn more about Paula Yoo’s books on her official site 



    The official US Mint page for the Anna May Wong Quarter 



    Films discussed: 

    Picadilly (1929) 

    The Toll of the Sea (1922) 



    Other recommended films featuring Anna May Wong: 

    Drifting (1923) 

    The Thief of Bagdad (1924) 

    Shanghai Express (1932) 

    A Study in Scarlet (1933) 

    Dangerous to Know (1938) 

    Lady from Chungking (1942) 



    Watching Classic Movies Reels featuring Asian American stars from Classic Hollywood: 



    Nancy Kwan in The Wrecking Crew (1968) 



    Nancy Kwan in The Wild Affair (1965) 



    Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express (1932) 



    Toshia Mori in Blondie Johnson (1933) 



    Reiko Sato and James Shigeta in Flower Drum Song (1961)



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    • 36 min
    Talking Queen of Technicolor: Maria Montez in Hollywood with Author Tom Zimmerman

    Talking Queen of Technicolor: Maria Montez in Hollywood with Author Tom Zimmerman

    My guest, Tom Zimmerman is the author of The Queen of Technicolor: Maria Montez in Hollywood. 

    Montez was a unique star, imperious, but warm, not known for her acting ability, but skilled in committing completely to a role, whether in a skimpy costume for the six legendary Neverland films she made for Universal, or in a grittier setting, such as for her more noirish European roles. 

    We talked about the magnetism, determination, and integrity of this remarkable woman. 

    The Queen of Technicolor: Maria Montez in Hollywood by Tom Zimmerman, is a publication of University Press of Kentucky. There are links to several places where you can purchase the book on their website.



    Films discussed: 

    Boss of Bullion City (1940) (Maria’s first role) South of Tahiti (1941) (Maria’s breakout sarong role) 



    The Universal Studios Neverland Films (not discussed individually): 

    Arabian Nights (1942) 

    White Savage (1943) 

    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) 

    Cobra Woman (1944) 

    G*psy Wildcat (1944) 

    Sudan (1945) 



    Tangier (1946) 

    Pirates of Monterey (1947) 

    Wicked City (1949) 

    Portrait of a Killer (1949)



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    • 32 min
    Talking Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in Film with Author Luis Reyes

    Talking Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in Film with Author Luis Reyes

    My guest, Luis Reyes, is the author of Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film. We talked about the changing representation of this varied and vibrant group in Hollywood, and artists from the popular to the underseen, while celebrating the fact that Latin and Hispanic people in film have long been an integral part of the industry with many towering accomplishments and innovations to offer. 

    Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film is available from Running Press. 

    It's out of print, but I also highly recommend Hispanics in Hollywood: A Celebration of 100 Years in Film which Reyes co-wrote with Peter Rubie. It can be hard to find, I had to borrow it from the library, but it is an impressive, extensive reference book and well worth tracking down. 

    More books by Luis Reyes: 

    Hawaii Movie and Television Book: Celebrating 100 Years of Film Production Throughout the Hawaiian (with Ed Rampell) 

    Made in Mexico: Hollywood South of the Border 

    Pearl Harbor in the Movies (with Ed Rampell)



    The show is available on Spotify, PocketCasts, Breaker, Stitcher, Anchor, Google, Radio Public, and YouTube.

    Watching Classic Movies podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts! If you are enjoying the show, please give it a 5-star review and share it with your friends.

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    • 30 min
    George Stevens Jr. Talks About His Memoir My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington

    George Stevens Jr. Talks About His Memoir My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington

    I was honored to spend time with my guest, director, writer, producer, and playwright George Stevens Jr., founder of the American Film Institute, creator of the AFI Life Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honors, and winner of honors including the Emmy, Oscar, Peabody Award, and Writers Guild Award. 

    He began his career helping his father, Hollywood director George Stevens make films and later moved to Washington D.C. to make films for Edward R. Murrow, where in addition to his eventual work with AFI, he worked with nearly every president from Kennedy to the present day and knew some of the most celebrated artistic talents and political minds of his times. 

    Mr. Stevens’ new memoir, My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington is a fascinating document of the different worlds, societal shifts, and amazing people he experienced. I found myself tearing up multiple times reading this moving tale of triumph and loss which celebrates a remarkably rich life. It’s awesome story shared by a kind and humble man. We had a great talk about some of his key moments. 

    My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington is a publication of University Press of Kentucky.

    George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey, directed by George Stevens Jr. is currently available on HBOMax.

    The show is available on Spotify, PocketCasts, Breaker, Stitcher, Anchor, Google, Radio Public, and YouTube.

    Watching Classic Movies podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts! If you are enjoying the show, please give it a 5-star review and share it with your friends.

    Like the podcast? Want to hear more frequent episodes? Subscriptions are as low as 99 cents a month, click on the Support button here. 






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    • 28 min

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