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Download the episode Front Row Classics takes a step into the world of Film Noir and melodrama this week with the 1945 potboiler, Mildred Pierce. Brandon and Eric are thrilled to welcome back ,author and film historian, Sloan De Forest to the podcast this week. Sloan considers Mildred Pierce to be among her top ten favorites films and brings excell…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates one of the most iconic films of the 1970s, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film marked Steven Spielberg’s only entry as both director and writer. Steve Sykes, from View From the Back Row, joins Brandon and Eric for this look at one of the most beloved entries in the sci-fi genre. The hosts …
 
Download the episode Brandon welcomes author & film historian, John DiLeo to Front Row Classics this week. John has recently written a new book called, “There Are No Small Parts: 100 Outstanding Film Performances with Screen Time of 10 Minutes or Less”. The book shines a spotlight on pivotal performances from gifted actors who make their mark with …
 
Download the episode We are thrilled to welcomes back George Stevens Jr. to Front Row Classics this week. George joins Brandon to discuss the release of his autobiography, “My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington”. The book delves into his experiences growing up with a legendary film director father. He, then, forged…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates one of the greatest romantic comedies to ever come out of Hollywood, Roman Holiday. Jay Hoffman from Front Row Flashbacks joins us to discuss this gem from Hollywood’s Golden Age, directed by William Wyler. We discuss the astonishing American film debut of Audrey Hepburn, the generosity of Gregory …
 
“I liked you better as a rabbit, Charlie.” We wanted to share with you the episode of Beyond the Mouse that Brandon was on this week. “We are excited to dive into the 1971 live action film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It wouldn’t be right to talk about this classic film without inviting on Brandon Davis from Front Row Classics to give us a bit of cre…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics kicks off summer with a film that truly embodies the word, “iconic”. We celebrate James Dean’s signature performance in Rebel Without a Cause. Brandon and Eric welcome Beyond the Mouse’s Craig McFarland to discuss this 1955 classic directed by Nicholas Ray. The hosts pay tribute to the trailblazing performanc…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is pleased to welcome award-winning author, Alison Macor, to the podcast. Brandon and Front Row Flashbacks host, Jay Hoffman join Alison to discuss her newest book, “Making the Best Years of Our Lives: The Hollywood Classic that Inspired a Nation”. Macor discusses the history of The Best Years of Our Lives al…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics kicks off June with a discussion of George Stevens’ Oscar-winning film, A Place in the Sun. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to discuss this well-made drama from 1951. They discuss the bold direction from Stevens as well as the Oscar-nominated performances from Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters. The ho…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics shines the spotlight on one of a true landmark of cinema history. Bonnie & Clyde marked the beginning of a new era of moviemaking. Brandon and Eric discuss the many aspects of how this film ushered in the “silver age of cinema” from 1967-1976. The hosts also pay tribute to legendary performances from a cast i…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is thrilled to bring you a special conversation with Mr. Michael Feinstein. Michael is a renowned pianist, singer and historian. He’s also the definitive Ambassador for the Great American Songbook. The interview includes discussion on his personal relationships with some of the greatest contributors to Twenti…
 
Download the episode Christian Blauvelt returns to Front Row Classics to celebrate one of the greatest homefront films of World War II. Brandon and Christian discuss 1943’s The Human Comedy. The movie, based on an original screenplay by William Saroyan, was made at the peak of MGM’s powers during the days of the studio system. Mickey Rooney deliver…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is happy to welcome Scott McGee! Scott is a senior director of Original Productions at Turner Classic Movies. He joins Brandon to discuss his newest book, “Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts”. The book takes a look at the storied history of stunt work and the men & wome…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lady Sings the Blues. Brandon and Eric are joined by Bea Bonner from NPR Illinois’ Community Voices. The hosts discuss Diana Ross’ Oscar nominated performance as the legendary Billie Holliday. The performances of Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor are also celebrated. …
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is thrilled to welcome Turner Classic Movies’ host, Ben Mankiewicz. Ben has been an on-air host for the channel since 2003. Our interview covers his background in both film and politics. You’ll also learn about some of his most memorable interviews during his tenure with TCM. Brandon and Ben also have fun dis…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates the 80th anniversary of one of a film that truly epitomizes the word, timeless. Lou Hare, from Guilty Pleasures, joins Brandon and Eric to break down a movie that remains as powerful and relevant as it was in 1942. The hosts discuss the iconic performances, scenes and dialogue that have made Casabl…
 
Download the episode We’re thrilled to welcome author & historian, Sloan De Forest to Front Row Classics! Sloan’s most recent release is “The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema’s Most Influential Filmmakers”. The book highlights fifty-six of the greatest directors from the silent through the modern era. Brandon and Sloan highlight se…
 
Download the episode Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Front Row Classics! We’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of John Ford’s love letter to Ireland, The Quiet Man. Erin McCabe from Front Row Flashbacks joins Brandon and Eric to break down this whimsical, romantic comedy/drama. The Quiet Man makes the most of its Irish locations with some of the most…
 
Download the episode It’s Oscar season on Front Row Classics! We’re celebrating the Academy Awards with the Best Picture winner of 1935, Mutiny on the Bounty. Ryan Lootens, host of Front Row Flashbacks, joins Brandon and Eric to discuss this seafaring epic. The hosts discuss the legendary performances of Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as Captain …
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics returns to the world of classic television this week. Brandon is delighted to welcome Barry Williams and Christopher Knight (Greg and Peter Brady) to discuss their fun new podcast, The Real Brady Bros. The podcast covers a weekly discussion of a classic episode of The Brady Bunch. Our interview covers the gen…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics closes out February with one of the most popular films from the filmography of Stanley Kubrick. Brandon and Eric discuss the legendary dark comedy, Dr Strangelove. Zaknafein Luken joins us this week to celebrate the sheer hilarity and audacity of this Cold War comedy. The hosts also discuss the timely themes …
 
Download the episode “Front Row Classics , once again, enters the world of screwball comedy with Howard Hawks’ comedy classic, Bringing Up Baby. Brandon and Eric welcome back Brett and Vanessa from Beyond the Mouse to discuss this zany piece of cinema history. The hosts discuss the frenetic performances of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant who fully…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics welcomes television writer and historian Jim Colucci to celebrate one of the most groundbreaking series in television history. Brandon recently had the pleasure of speaking to Jim about the history and legacy of All in the Family, as touched upon in his latest book. The two cover topics such as the shows’ inc…
 
Download the episode “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”. Front Row Classics ends January with one of the seminal films of the 1960s. We’re breaking down 1967’s Cool Hand Luke. Noah Henry of P4P :An MMA Podcast joins Brandon and Eric to take a look at one of Paul Newman’s greatest performances. Cool Hand Luke was one of the pioneering f…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is celebrating 100 episodes! We’re incredibly grateful to our listeners for embracing us and supporting our efforts in keeping classic film alive. Brandon and Eric are also celebrating the 60th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. This legendary film is beloved by multiple generations thanks to its lessons o…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is taking a look at the 1961 Best Picture winner, West Side Story. On the heels of Steven Spielberg’s remake, Brandon and Eric explore the legendary film based on the 1957 Broadway musical. We take a look at all aspects of the amazing production, from the camerawork to the talented cast. The hosts spotlight t…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics kicks off 2022 with a visit from one of the most renowned and trusted voices in the film community. Brandon is thrilled to welcome Leonard Maltin to the podcast. Mr. Maltin discusses his new book, “Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood”. The interview covers his many interactions with both legendary and l…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is ending 2021 with a look back at some of our best episodes and greatest moments. Brandon and Eric reminisce about our discussions, guests and interviews that made this year so memorable. We covered five decades of film in almost every possible genre. Many thanks to our friends at the Front Row Network and b…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates the holiday season with what many consider to be the definitive film version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Brandon and Eric are joined by Jay Hoffman and Anna McFarland to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1951 UK version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge. The hosts discuss the aspects …
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates the holiday season with some of the most festive movies from the last century. Brandon welcomes back celebrated film historian and author, Jeremy Arnold to discuss his book, “Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season”. The book covers classic holiday films from the thirties throu…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack with the Best Picture winner of 1953, From Here to Eternity. Brandon and Eric are joined by Mia Tiffany. Mia is the host of her own classic movie reaction channel on YouTube called Movies with Mia. The discussion includes the Oscar-worthy performanc…
 
Download the episode Happy Thanksgiving from Front Row Classics! We’re concluding Noirvember with one of the quintessential Film Noirs of the 1940s, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Brandon and Eric are joined by Rahul Ragunathan to discuss this tale of deception, murder and betrayal. The hosts discuss the two legendary stars, Lana Turner and John G…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics welcomes bestselling author, Scott Eyman to the podcast this week. Eyman is one of the premier writers on the subject of classic Hollywood. Brandon sits down to discuss Scott’s newest book, “20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio”. The book covers the entire history of t…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates Veterans Day with a special interview. Brandon welcomes award-winning journalist, Christian Blauvelt, to discuss the time Hollywood helped win World War II. Blauvelt is the author of the new book, “Hollywood Victory: The Movies, Stars, and Stories of World War II” . Both Brandon and Christian consi…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics celebrates Noirvember with one of the most celebrated mysteries of the 1940s, Laura. This elegant murder mystery has cast its spell on multiple generations of film fans thanks to the performances of Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Oscar-nominated, Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker. Brandon and Eric are joined by …
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics kicks off November with a special conversation. Brandon recently had the pleasure of speaking with George Stevens Jr. Mr. Stevens is the son of legendary director, George Stevens and forged his own way by becoming one the premier champions of film and the arts. He is the founder of the American Film Institute…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics concludes it’s MonsterCast output for 2021 with not only a great horror film, but a great piece of cinema altogether. Brandon and Eric break down 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein. This sequel ,in many ways, improves upon the 1931 original with incredible production design and universal themes. The hosts praise Ja…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is celebrating the 80th anniversary of George Waggner’s The Wolf Man from 1941. Our editor-in-chief Jeremy Goeckner joins us for our first edition of MonsterCast 2021. This movie began the modern take on werewolf mythology and still is an effective horror film eight decades later. The hosts cover the performa…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics ends the month of September with a very special conversation. Brandon is honored to spend some time with the incredible, Lucie Arnaz. The interview covers a breadth of topics including Arnaz’s career as an actress, singer, Broadway & nightclub performer, award-winning producer and business woman. Lucie also s…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics continues this month with a truly groundbreaking film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner from 1967. This dramedy tackled the subject of interracial marriage head on at a pivotal moment in American history. Brandon and Eric discuss the important themes and incredible performances from the spectacular cast. The topi…
 
Download the episode “Made it Ma! Top of the World!” Front Row Classics returns to the gangster genre with the 1949 film, White Heat. Brandon and Eric discuss the iconic performance of James Cagney as Cody Jarrett, one of the most complicated villains in film history. The character would become the inspiration for many of the anti-hero archetypes i…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics kicks off September with a very special interview. Brandon and Eric welcome Natasha Gregson Wagner to the Front Row. Natasha is the daughter of Natalie Wood and stepdaughter of Robert Wagner. She has written a beautiful memoir about life with and without her mother called, More than Love: An Intimate Portrait…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics is about to take you on a journey through “Dark City” this week. We’re thrilled to welcome back the “Czar of Noir” himself, Eddie Muller to discuss one of our favorite genres. Eddie has recently released a revised and expanded edition of his book, “Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir”. The book covers the …
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics returns to bring you a discussion on one of the landmark films of the 1960s: The Graduate. Jay Hoffman, of Front Row Flashbacks, joins Brandon and Eric to discuss the timeless themes of growing up, isolation and freedom. This episode covers the flawless direction by Mike Nichols, the inspired casting of Dusti…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics concludes July with a look at one of the most successful films of the 1970s. Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest grossing film of 1977, right behind Star Wars. The movie caught lightning in a bottle with great star power, hilarious performances and amazing practical stunts. Guilty Pleasures host, Lou…
 
Download the episode Front Row Classics continues this month with one of the funniest musical comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are showstoppers in Howard Hawks’ classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. This film is the perfect summer movie with its zany plot, over-the-top musical numbers and wisecracking leading ladies. …
 
Download the episode. Front Row Classics kicks off July by stepping into the world of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Top Hat was one of the biggest blockbusters of the 1930s and our crew is breaking down all of the legendary musical numbers & comedic moments that make this film enjoyable nearly 90 years later. Brandon and Eric are joined, once aga…
 
Download the episode. Front Row Classics brings a dose of classic slapstick to the summer with one of the legendary comedies of the 1960s. The Pink Panther introduced the world to Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by the one-and-only Peter Sellers. Brandon and Eric are joined by ,Convince Me host, Larry Smith to explore this introductory film in th…
 
Download the episode. Front Row Classics tackles one of the most legendary dramas of the 1950s. A Streetcar Named Desire still resonates 70 years later with its powerful themes and performances. Craig McFarland, from Beyond the Mouse, joins Brandon and Eric to salute Elia Kazan’s adaptation of the legendary Tennessee Williams play. The hosts praise…
 
Download the episode. Front Row Classics kicks off Summer 2021 with a touch of science fiction. We tackle the 50s sci-fi masterpiece, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Ryan Lootens, of Front Row Flashbacks, joins Brandon and Eric to break down one of the most popular films of the decade. The hosts discuss the legendary performance of Michael Rennie as…
 
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