A traveling salesman dupes a sleepy Iowa town into buying musical instruments and uniforms so they can start a boys band. A boys band!? Why yessiree a boys band. Will he be able to keep the piano teaching librarian from cottoning on to his scheme? Or will she manipulate him into following through on his promisee to teach music to all the boys in town? Shipoopi!
This week we welcome public defender and dear friend/brother of the show David Hendricks as we talk about Jim Crow era legal drama To Kill a Mockingbird. Read up on To Kill a Mockingbird here!
Comedian, Magician and friend of the show Erik Tait Joins us for our latest episode. Ian Fleming’s Spy thriller Dr. No, starring Sean Connery. British Intelligence phenom James Bond, is a spy who goes to Jamaica to check out what’s up with a busted radio and winds up going toe-to-toe with a spider-wielding, fish-loving mad man named Dr. No. Will Dr. No be able to tip over rockets using only his powerful nuclear reactor? Probably not. James Bond usually wins these things.
Based on the Rudyard Kipling book, Soldiers 3, Sergeants 3 sees Deano, ol’ Blue Eyes, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford have to make sure to subjugate the indigenous population of the american west. Chock full of the Rat Pack dynamiting native Americans, Sergeants 3 is a wild ride that that sees Sammy Davis Jr. go from the trumpet playing butt of cattlemen’s jokes to the trumpet playing hero who subverts an ambush using his timely horn tooting.
A Ronin arrives on the doorstep of a Japanese castle wanting to spill his guts out all over the castle-lords nice yard. In classic, give-a-mouse-a-cookie fashion it becomes clear that the suicidal swordsman wants more than just the sweet release of death. The more the castle-lord tries to besmirch the ronin’s honor the more it becomes painfully obvious that the lord of house Iyi is about to get a painful lesson in the samurai code. The ronin’s son in law was tortured to death by the governor’s men, and the ronin now seeks further revenge after having already defeated the best Iyi swordsmen in single combat. The movie ends in a long, bloody struggle where the ronin proves once and for all that house Iyi is chumps who only win by cheating.
Jimmy Stewart plays a Senator who is famous for murdering a wacky old western outlaw, but he has a secret. After coming to the funeral of his old friend John Wayne, we are treated to a flashback that tells the true story of who shot Liberty Valance. If you’re looking for a movie where it turns out that John Wayne didn’t shoot a guy and the dude from It’s a Wonderful Life kills an outlaw, look elsewhere because John Wayne turns out to be the one who Shot Liberty Valance.
This week the Fine Vintage is hanging out with Robert Stroud the Birdman of Alcatraz. Frought with guilt, a murdering pimp has fun giving prison hooch to birds that he secretly hates. This apparent cinema classic is actually a lot more entertaining than you’d expect. Useless, freeloading birds are welcome to share this episode with you.
Surf the French New Wave with the Fine Vintage boys! Jules & Jim tells the story of a Frenchman and a German who are both in love with the same girl. The movie has a lot to chew on and the Fine Vintage is up to the task of talking about themes and mise-en-scene and whatnot. If you think this episode is heated you should hear the raw, the studio about got burned down.
It’s the premiere uncorking of the next fine vintage. So sip on a tall glass of adventure in the desert with Lawrence of Arabia. We’re excited to explore 1962 and all of the delightful, classic movies that your dad loves.