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February 21, 2024

Episode 672: Johnny Guitar (1954)

Episode 672: Johnny Guitar (1954) Guest Co-Hosts: Andras Jones, David Kittredge

Western Month continues with a look at Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar. Released in 1954 the film stars Sterling Hayden as the titular Mr. Guitar. However, he’s outshone in the film by Joan Crawford as Vienna and Mercedes McCambridge as Emma, two women with a history.

Andras Jones and David Kittredge join Mike to discuss this unusual Western.

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"Johnny Guitar" - Peggy Lee

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February 14, 2024

Episode 671: 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Special Guests: C. Courtney Joyner, Gregg Sutter
Guest Co-Hosts: Rob St. Mary, Jedidiah Ayres

Western Month continues with a look at Delmer Daves's 3:10 to Yuma. Released in 1957, the film tells the tale of two men, outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford) and innocent bystander Dan Evans (Van Heflin). Their fates are intertwined after Dan witnesses Ben and his outfit robbing a stagecoach.

Jedidiah Ayres and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the 1957 film and 2007 remake which are both based on a short story by Elmore "Dutch" Leonard. Mike spoke with filmmaker and author C. Courtney Joyner and Leonard's long-time researcher Gregg Sutter about the dozens of other films based on Leonard's work.

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Music:
"Chinese Democracy" - Marco Beltrami
"The 3:10 to Yuma" - Frankie Lane

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February 7, 2024

Episode 670: Rancho Notorious (1952)

Episode 670: Rancho Notorious (1952) Guest Co-Hosts: Otto Bruno, Jonathan Penner

Jonathan Penner and Otto Bruno join Mike to kick off a month of discussing American Westerns. We begin with one from German emigre Fritz Lang with his 1952 film Rancho Notorious. The film stars Arthur Kennedy as a ranch hand Vern Haskell whose fiance is murdered.

Haskell goes on a quest of hate, murder and revenge where hee makes friends with a gunslinger named Frenchy (Mel Ferrer) and takes refuge as the Rancho Notorious which is run by Alter Keanee (Marlene Dietrich) with a whole host of potential suspects.

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"Chuck!-A-Luck!" - Frantic Flintstones

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January 31, 2024

Episode 669: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Episode 669: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Special Guest: Sal Viscuso
Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Duane Swierczynski

We're doing something unusual with a re-do of the third episode of The Projection Booth. Yes, we’re talking about Joseph Sargent's 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Based on the book by John Godey (pen name of Morton Freedgood) and brilliantly adapted by , the film stars Walter Matthau as Zach Garber, a transit transit cop whose train is taken hostage by Robert Shaw as Mr. Blue, and his three henchmen, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey, and Mr. Brown.

Duane Swierczynski (California Bear) and Keith Gordon join Mike to discuss the film and its two remakes while actor Sal Viscuso talks about his role in the original film.

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Music:
"Main Theme" - David Shire

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January 24, 2024

Episode 668: The White Reindeer (1952)

Episode 668: The White Reindeer (1952) Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Kat Ellinger

Kat Ellinger and El Goro join Mike to look at the Finnish folk horror film The White Reindeer.  Directed by Erik Blomberg, the film was released in 1952 and it’s the story of Pirita -- played by the film’s co-writer Mirjami Kuosmanen.  She’s a newlywed who misses her husband.  When she goes to a shaman to have him craft a love potion for her, she becomes a dreaded were-reindeer.

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"Finland" - Monty Python
"White Reindeer Suite (Valkoinen Peura)" - Einar Englund

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January 17, 2024

Episode 667: Taxidermia (2006)

Episode 667: Taxidermia (2006) Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Lumi Etienne

Lumi Etienne and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss the 2006 film Taxidermia. Directed and co-written by György Pálfi, Taxidermia tells the story of three generations of an unusual family. Grandpa Vendel (Csaba Czene) is in the military and serves at an outpost under the boot heel of his commanding officer. Father Kálmán (Gergely Trócsányi) is a competitive eater. And son Lajoska (Marc Bischoff) is a taxidermist -- hence the name of the film.

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January 10, 2024

Episode 666: The Apple Fell (1948)

Episode 666: Der Apfel ist ab (1948) Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Emily Intravia

Emily Intravia and Samm Deighan join Mike on Episode 666 of The Projection Booth to look at Helmut Käutner's 1948 film Der Apfel ist ab (The Apple Fell AKA The Original Sin).

It's the story of Adam Schmidt (Bobby Todd) who is torn between his wife Lilith (Joana Maria Gorvin) and his mistress Eve (Bettina Moissi). Despondent, Adam tries to commit suicide among the ruins of post-war Germany. Instead of killing himself, he commits himself to a sanatorium where he undergoes an extended musical fantasy sequence which retells the Genesis story.

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Music:
"Number of the Beast" - Zwan

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