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Perhaps the world's first famous Scots filmmaker, Alexander Mackendrick was not much more than a set designer when he was hired by Britain's Ealing Studios to direct Whisky Galore! (1949).  If you were to ask Mackendrick himself, he would like not cite it as the high point of his career, as the production was plagued with problems between him and the producers.

Based on actual events, Whisky Galore! is the charming little story of an island village in Scotland whose inhabitants conspire to steal a boatload of whiskey from a sunken ship.  Traditional stereotypes may stand out, but at the end of the day most audiences won't help but smile to themselves at Alexander Mackenrick's directorial debut.

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Direct download: Episode_66_Whisky_Galore_1949.mp3
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Mel Brooks was lucky.  The Producers (1968) earned him an Academy Award, and if it hadn't been for a chance screening by a popular actor, nobody would have even heard of it by now.

Whether or not you can enjoy its special brand of politically incorrect humor, The Producers marks the beginning of a wonderful career not just for writer/director Mel Brooks, but for actor Gene Wilder.  It was, as history would later prove, the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Direct download: Episode_65_The_Producers_1968.mp3
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Anyone who is anyone knows something about Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), even if it's just having seen a memorable scene or two.  Capra was fresh off of making propaganda films for the Armed Forces when he created yet another production and made the film, and it's likely the apex of his career.

Although it's cherished nowadays as a holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life came to be so popular seemingly by mistake, and deserves to be seen occasionally on its own merits rather than an annual holiday treat.

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Direct download: Episode_64_Its_a_Wonderful_Life_1946.mp3
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Before musicals ruled Hollywood, an unknown filmmaker named Rouben Mamoulian was making movies like City Streets (1931) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), both of which were successful exercises in inventive new types of camerawork and storytelling.  With Love Me Tonight (1932), Mamoulian tried his hand at a musical romantic comedy, and proved surprisingly successful.

Starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald, Love Me Tonight is a twisted little musical romantic comedy which, while predictable, bends the envelope when you least expect it.  It's practically forgotten now, but the talent behind it can still be appreciated 85 years later.

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Direct download: Episode_63_Love_Me_Tonight_1932.mp3
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King of New York (1990) is probably the best 1990's gangster drama you never heard of.  Director Abel Ferrara was best known for cult hits like The Driller Killer (1979) and Ms .45 (1981) before he made this tale of a drug kingpin, played by Christopher Walken in an Oscar-worthy role, who is released from prison and dedicated to do good for the community.

The movie is a perfect vehicle for Walken, who to this today is primarily known as a supporting actor.  King of New York is one of his best roles (if not, hands down, his best), and should not be missed by even his casual fans.

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Direct download: Episode_62_King_of_New_York_1990.mp3
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Since the 1970's, Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin have gained cult status for their homegrown humor about counterculture and drug use.  Although nowadays their appearances together are intermittent, at best, they were probably never as popular in the early 1970's when they became arguably the most popular comedy duo in America with a strong of best-selling albums.

It was inevitable that the two would make a movie, peppered with both original pieces and moments from their albums and stage appearances.  Up in Smoke (1978) became the nation's biggest in-joke, mostly because it was directly marketed to those who would most closely relate to the humor, while those who couldn't relate went blissfully unaware.  Watch out for Tom Skerritt and Stacy Keach before they were known.

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Direct download: Episode_61_Up_in_Smoke_1978.mp3
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"I'm going to be a great film star!  That is, if booze and sex don't get me first."

One critic called Cabaret (1972) "a musical for people who hate musicals."  As someone who doesn't particularly care for films in which the characters spontaneously burst into song, I heartily agree with this statement.  Bob Fosse's film, which was based on the works of Christopher Isherwood, is snappy, witty, and knows exactly when to drive the plot with dialogue and when to dazzle its viewers with a dance number.

Cabaret was the breakout role for Liza Minnelli, earning her an Oscar and guaranteeing her a slot among Hollywood royalty.  She, Fosse, and supporting actor Joel Grey all took home statues on Oscar night, although the film lost Best Picture to The Godfather (1972).

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Direct download: Episode_60_Cabaret_1972.mp3
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"That's why when somebody say, 'When you get to the NBA, don't forget about me,' and all that stuff.  Well, I should've said to them, 'If I don't make it, don't you forget about me.'"

When filmmakers Steve James and Frederick Marx set out to make a documentary about high school basketball that they hoped would be seen on PBS, they had no idea that it would become a three hour spectacle that inspired critics and audiences alike.

Hoop Dreams (1994) isn't really about high school basketball, but about the lives of two students and their families as they climb the ladder with hopes of becoming NBA stars.  Yes, those who enjoy basketball will not be disappointed, but there's more in this film that will make almost any viewer jump for joy or cry tears of frustration.

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Direct download: Episode_59_Hoop_Dreams_1994.mp3
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"I don't really know what the truth is.  I don't suppose anybody will ever really know.  Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong.  We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know.  Nobody really can.  But we have a reasonable doubt, and that's something that's very valuable in our system.  No jury can declare a man guilty unless it's sure."

How do you make a 96 minute movie consisting of twelve people talking in a room interesting?  Based on a teleplay of the same name, Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men (1957) does just that, transforming a jury's deliberations into a taut thriller.  This may have been Lumet's first feature film, but it's a debut worthy of a master of suspense like Alfred Hitchcock.

12 Angry Men was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, but lost out to The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).  It may have lost at the Oscars, but it certainly hasn't lost the test of time.

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Direct download: Episode_58_12_Angry_Men_1957.mp3
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"Here a woman wouldn't go in the house of a single man.  Just spending time together implies sleeping together."

For the uninitiated, Francesco Rosi is known as something of an artistic crusader for the poverty-stricken and hardworking people of Southern Italy.  Most of his films were political in nature, and often criticized the government's treatment of some of its more underprivileged citizens.

Christ Stopped at Eboli is no exception.  Think of it as a classic Italian version of Northern Exposure: a doctor is exiled to a small town in Southern Italy, where he learns to appreciate the lifestyle and morals of the people there.  It's long, it's languid, and it just might make you think.  Listen in to learn more!

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Direct download: Episode_57_Christ_Stopped_at_Eboli_1979.mp3
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