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My podcast is about the lives and careers of classic Hollywood stars of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. I've covered Doris Day, Sammy Davis Junior and others. Hope you like it.

My podcast is about the lives and careers of classic Hollywood stars of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. I've covered Doris Day, Sammy Davis Junior and others. Hope you like it.
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My podcast is about the lives and careers of classic Hollywood stars of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. I've covered Doris Day, Sammy Davis Junior and others. Hope you like it.




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Classic Hollywood Mini Episode 2 Save the Cinema Museum

As promised, here is the second CHMTC mini-episode, in which Mrs Classic Film Fan provides more on the sources of her research into the lives and careers of the late great studio movie stars. As well as some interesting books on Stanley Baker and the making of the film Zulu, Mrs CFF spills the beans on the main sources of her info on the late, great Marlon Brando, featured in an earlier CHMTC episode, including the 1962 Saturday Evening Post article which ruined Brando's credibility for...


Stanley Baker The First Angry Young Man

Listen to CHMTCs last instalment of the series "the British Are Coming" about the life and career of the late, great Stanley Baker. Stanley Baker was born in the impoverished community driven coalmining region of Ferndale in Wales. Like his contemporary Richard Burton, he was discovered by a local school teacher, who cast him in school plays and encouraged him to develop a real career in acting. This he did with considerable success, becoming a powerful actor and producer in British and...


Classic Hollywood MTC Mini-Episode 1

As promised and in response to several requests this is a short CHMTC episode which will give some background on the material sourced by Mrs Classic Film Fan to inform most of the CHMTC episodes to date. If they are not there already all the books, websites and links referred to will be uploaded to the Classic Hollywood MTC Facebook page. That will include the website link which gives you direct access to the famous Day v Rosenthal judgment which told the long and ugly story of Doris Days...


Stewart Granger 221 Almost a Superstar

Stewart Granger was one of the most successful Movie stars in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s. His looks, talent and athleticism attracted the powers that be in Hollywood, resulting in one of the best swashbuckling movies ever made absent Errol Flynn. His marriage to the talented and beautiful Jean Simmons who also found succcess in Hollywood made them a golden British couple. But Granger was a challenging personality, unable to completely understand or properly address the political,...


David Niven Soldier Turned Movie Star 512

David Niven was the son of an upper class hero, with English and Scottish military heritage that stretched back to the Battle of Waterloo. Handsome, charming and witty he also had a strong touch of rebelliousness and ambition which would help and hinder his life and career in equal measure. One of the first of the British Hollywood movie stars to leave the safe haven of America at the start of World War II to fight for his country, Niven's life was littered with good fortune, fun and...


Merle Oberon Don't Look Back

This is the first of a series of podcasts called "the British Are Coming." The series will cover the lives and careers of 4 great British film stars who left their mark on British and American Films in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Merle Oberon, David Niven, Stewart Granger and the late great Stanley Baker were and remain filmatic forces to be reckoned with. Talented, good looking, charming and unique they represented at least in terms of their public image the best of the British...


Marlon Brando One Eyed Jacks and the Brando Mutiny

Marlon Brando was a legend in his own lifetime. At the peak of his film career in the 1950s he created a series of film performances including the character Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront that not only defined him as an actor, but defined an era marked by the rise of the Stanislavsky and method schools of acting. By the end of the 1950s Brando was at the top of his game, loved by actors, the studios and the public a like. His films minting millions of dollars. This all changed with...


Tony Curtis Not Just A Pretty Face Podcast 8

Tony Curtis was one of the biggest film stars of the 1950s. Born in poverty and saddled with less than positive memories of his childhood, his good looks got him a lucrative Hollywood contract and the pick of Hollywood's most beautiful actresses, including Marilyn Monroe and Janet Leigh. His talent gave him the will and determination to sustain a long career, which totalled over 100 Film and TV appearances and a successful second career as a respected master painter. But despite his ever...


Hattie McDaniel the louder real story

For those who want to know what fed the rise of the 2016 OscarsSoWhite scandal listen to this podcast about the life and career of the late great Hattie McDaniel. This podcast, the first 2017 Classic Hollywood MTC episode and the 7th of all the Classic Hollywood MTC episodes, will seek to explain the talent, the struggle, the unimaginable success and the ever present controversy that surrounds Ms McDaniel. As Mammy the forthright maid of Scarlett O'Hara Ms McDaniel earned her place in...


Kirk Douglas Spartacus the KD Way

Unless you have been living under a tadpole you will know that one of the last surviving Hollywood movie stars Kirk Douglas has just reached his 100th birthday and that the celebrations have been glorious. Douglas seemed to specialise in anti-hero figures long before it became fashionable to do so. Ace in the Hole, the Bad and the Beautiful and the Detective showed that he was not afraid to explore people who were very damaged, but also very skilled at spreading huge swathes of that...


Olivia De Havilland

At 100 years of age Olivia De Havilland is one of the last great movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. At the peak of her film career she appeared in some of the best films ever made, including Captain Blood, Robin Hood, They Died with their Boots On and the Charge of the Light Brigade with the devilishly handsome Errol Flynn and Gone with the Wind with Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel. Not just a pretty face and risking her hard earned career she fought and won one of...


Sammy Davis Junior Even Even Even Louder

Sammy Davis Junior was one of the greatest light entertainers America ever produced. Singer, dancer, actor and impersonator he could do anything that the entertainment world could throw at him to the highest standard. During a show business career of 60 years he experienced unimaginable success on the night club circuits of New York and La Vegas, having done the rounds of Vaudeville during his early years. He made many notable Film, TV and Broadway appearances, reaching the peek of his...


Classic Hollywood MTC Episode 3 Doris Day v Rosenthal

In the 1950s Doris Day was one of the most famous women in the world. Unfairly remembered as the actress who played professional virgins, Doris's talent was such that she was able to tackle a broad range of movie roles, including classic appearances in Calamity Jane, the Man Who Knew To Much and Pillow Talk. By the early 1960s with the coming of the Beatles and flower power her stardom was on the wane. Wanting to go out on top Doris was looking forward to a peaceful retirement. But...


Classic Hollywood MTC Episode 2 Jeff Chandlerlouderverion11072016

In the 1950's Jeff Chandler was one of the biggest film stars created by Universal Studios. His good looks, tanned complexion, melodic voice and silver hair made him the perfect hero for a wide variety of Universal adventure movies, including one of his most famous parts the Native American chief Cochise in Broken Arrow, a film which captured the heart of America. A civil rights advocate, supporter of the state of Israel and ladies man, despite his active career and success Jeff is one...


Classic Hollywood MTC Episode1 Dorothy Dandridge

This is the first of a series of podcasts (delivered by Mrs Tom Cruise the nick name given by family and friends to Simone Higgins) on Hollywood stars and other ad hoc Classic Hollywood subjects which emerged during the peak of the big film studio era of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The first subject is the late, great and tragic Dorothy Dandridge. For a short period in the 1950s Dorothy Dandridge an Africa-American singer, dancer and actress sometimes referred to as the 'Black Marilyn Monroe'...