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starwars"A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away..." These words have been emblazoned on film history since May 25th, 1977, when George Lucas's epic space opera, "Star Wars," was first relased! A relatively new director, a band of actors both seasoned and new, a dream of special effects that hadn't been invented yet, and a studio unsure of its commitment to the genre, Star Wars took the world by storm. Written and directed by George Lucas, and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, along with veteran actors Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, and backed up by two very famous actors - Peter Cushing and Sir Alec Guinness, this film rose to heights few films ever achieve, and started a cinematic dynasty that's still being produced today! It wasn't completely smooth sailing through the production, and it was difficult to chew on the often clunky dialogue, but Star Wars found its place in film and the audience's hearts, and is one of the most beloved storied every told. Plus, it acknowledges, follows, and pays homage to the work of two revered teachers, one in mythology and one in psychology, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung, to forge a story as old as time, yet still something no one had ever seen before!



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thestingPart two of our "Classic Bromance" episodes finds Robert Redford and Paul Newman together again, but this time in a completely different environment! It's the 1930s in Chicago, and con artists and grifters are all part of the day-to-day game. When young Johnny Hooker's (Redford) partner gets killed, he sets off to find Henry Gondorff (Newman), a veteran con man who can teach him what he needs to know to get his revenge by pulling off the greatest long con in history! Directed (again) by George Hill, written by David S. Ward, and featuring a truly epic supporting cast, including Robers Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, and Dana Elcar, this film won 7 of the 10 Academy Awards it was nominated for in 1974, and deservedly so! Plus, hear why 1977 is such a special year, and what films the trio have chosen to celebrate it with!



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butchcassidyRedford and Newman. Two names that are amazing separately, but together they spell true Hollywood magic! This episode is all about the 1969 classic "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which first paired Redford and Newman, and started an actor's bromance that turned out to be gold at the box office, as the number of Academy Awards this duo racked up shows! Written by the incredible William Goldman, and directed by George Hill, the film also stars the incredible Katherine Ross along with some great character actors like Henrey Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, and Kenneth Mars, this is a fusion of history and modernity, most clearly with the pop-jazz Burt Bacharach soundtrack, featuring a song everyone in the world probably knows!



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themummy3700 years ago, a forbidden love resulted in the death of an Egyptian priest. Now his mummy has been unearthed and accidentally re-animated! But does he go on a traditional horror rampage? No, instead he stumbles across a woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his lost love, and sets about doing whatever it takes to reuinite them, no matter how terrifying and horrific that might be! From 1932, it's Universal's "The Mummy," starring Boris Karloff in the titular role, alongside the stunningly gorgeous Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron, Bramwell Fletcher, and the versatile Edward Van Sloan. Directed by Karl Freund and also co-produced by Carl Laemmle Jr., this film represents the maturing of the studio, both in terms of horror and in terms of the industry moving from silent to sound! Plus, the trio reveal what listener-suggested pairing they're doing for the next two episodes!



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frankensteinThe first of two Halloween 2017 episodes goes back 86 years, to the early days of the Universal horror franchise, before horror was even thought of as a film genre, with 1931's "Frankenstein!" Directed by James Whale, produced by E.M. Asher and Carl Laemmle Jr., the film stars Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Dwight Frye as Fritz, and in the role that made him a star, Boris Karloff as the Monster! This is the film where we get our image of what Frankenstein's monster looks like, and that's because of the genius of Make-Up Artist Jack P. Pierce, and the method of Karloff's take on the role of a lifetime! A true horror classic that everyone should see at least once!



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