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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 122: The Silent Partner

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After a bit of an unplanned hiatus, the Forgotten Filmcast is back! This time, Todd is joined by Howard Casner from Rantings and Ravings to look at a 1978 thriller featuring a bank robbing Santa Claus. Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer star in The Silent Partner.

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Show Notes:
Rantings and Ravings
Howard on Twitter

Movies Discussed:
The Silent Partner
Paddleton
Ice Castles

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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We Have A Podcast!

This article is from 80sNostalgia.com. Click the title to hop over there.

To celebrate our 20th birthday, 80sNostalgia is launching a podcast! Yes – 80sNos will have been online for 20 years as of June 2019, so we thought we would celebrate by talking at you relentlessly.

This is the main reason we have been quiet over the last few months. We started production in October last year on the rather inventively named “80sNostalgia Podcast” and have done quite a lot of recording. Next comes the arduous task of editing and making everything sound good – not an easy task when you don’t like the sound of your own voice – so we may still be a bit quiet for the next couple of months too. Sorry.

We recorded some of the chats at events around the North West, with some being recorded via Skype and a couple in peoples houses, and each episode covers one main 80s topic.

Guest-wise, there are some people you will have heard of and some you will not know, but don’t worry if a podcast appears featuring someone you’ve never heard of. Give it a listen – I personally chose and invited all the guests onto the podcast because I know they are interesting. Being a well known name doesn’t necessarily dictate how interesting you are. I’m often astounded how some of the most interesting people on Twitter have so few followers, so I’m helping redress the balance by sharing chats with interesting people who I believe deserve a larger audience.

Currently we are available via Apple Podcasts – Click to go there.

And we are also available via the 80sNos podcast site – Podcast.80snostalgia.com

Currently there is a preview clip featuring snippets of chats taken from @illarterate talking about his least favourite mouse, @Octav1usKitten chatting about Horace, @GamingMuso recreating gaming noises, @Horsenburger on recreating artwork on Teletext and @RetroManCave sharing his favourite 80s cartoons.

The full podcast will launch in June 2019, on our official birthday.

If you have any suggestions for guests, including to volunteer yourself if you have 80s knowledge, drop me a tweet on Twitter.

Thanks also to Skor Avensis for helping with the podcast logo.

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 121: Raise the Titanic

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On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Simon Appleton from Moustache Movie News stops by to talk about a notorious bomb from 1980…Raise the Titanic.

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Show Notes:
Moustache Movie News
Simon on Twitter

Movies Discussed:
Raise the Titanic
Shock and Awe
Dune

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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The Cry Baby Killer

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The Cry Baby Killer, released in 1958, is one of those films that is mentioned from time to time but that very few people have actually seen. It has one big claim to fame, it is the film debut of one Jack Nicholson. We always say that everyone has to start somewhere, but in this case, old Jackie Boy landed the title role. Though, he doesn’t end up being as much of a central figure in the film as you might think.

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Jack plays Jimmy Wallace, a put-upon teenager who is having a bit of a rough night. Seems a slimeball named Manny (Brett Halsey) has not only stolen Jimmy’s best girl, Carole (Carolyn Mitchell), but also had his goons beat Jimmy up and leave him bleeding in an alley. This leads to another confrontation outside the local diner, during which Jimmy gets a hold of the gun being packed by one of Manny’s friends. Shots go off and the next thing we know, Jimmy is hiding in a shed with two accidental hostages, an African-American maintenance man and a woman with a newborn. What follows is a circus complete with cops, reporters, and angry townspeople all gathered to see Jimmy meet the bad side of a bullet.

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Once Jimmy is shut up in the shack, much of the film actually centers around the efforts of police Lt. Porter, played by Harry Lauter. Though there are intriguing elements of Lt Porter’s story, spending so much time with him leads to the conclusion that producer Roger Corman didn’t know what he had yet when it came to the grinning kid playing Jimmy. To be perfectly honest, Nicholson still had a long way to go as an actor when this was made, but still, every time he’s on screen you can’t help but think, “look at that kid go!” His performance is on a different plane than pretty much everyone else in this flick, jittery and filled with angst. Sadly, there are times when the film wanders away from him for far too long. I found myself pleading, “just get back to Nicholson, already!”

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This is not to say, though, that the story surrounding Nicholson’s character does not have some merit. It does manage to be an interesting look at the somewhat blood-thirsty nature that many people have when it comes to watching tragic stories unfold. One of the most interesting moments of the film comes right at the end as (spoiler alert for a sixty-one-year-old movie) the conflict is resolved in a peaceful way. The looks of disappointment on the faces of the spectators who have gathered is priceless. Truth be told, though, I was kind of disappointed in the way things ended myself. The story really seemed to demand an ending that would’ve been much more grim, but also much more satisfying.

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There are other tangents that the film goes on that are intriguing but never really explored as much as they maybe should’ve been. The film is a mere sixty minutes in length, so there’s not really a whole lot of time to get deep. Still, the film does flirt with a storyline that indicates that Manny’s gang pays the owner of the diner extra to essentially slip roofies in the drinks of their female conquests. There’s also a nice scene where Jimmy’s parents talk about the pain involved in watching their once precious children grow into rebellious and violent teenagers.

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Though The Cry Baby Killer is most notable for the debut of Jack Nicholson, it does feature another cast member whose life would take a dramatic turn right around the time of this film’s release. Carolyn Mitchell (real name Barbara Ann Thomason), who plays Jimmy’s girl Carole, met actor Mickey Rooney right around this time and eventually became the fifth Mrs. Rooney. Four kids and a very rocky relationship with Rooney would follow. In 1965, as her marriage to Rooney was falling apart, Barbara Ann Thomason would begin an affair with Milos Milos, a stunt double and bodyguard for actor Alain Delon. On January 30, 1966, Milos shot and killed Barbara Ann at Rooney’s house with Rooney’s own pistol before turning the gun on himself. Another one of those dark and mysterious chapters in Hollywood history.

In the end, The Cry Baby Killer (which incidentally, is a film in which nobody is killed) is a film that will primarily be of interest to those with a curiosity for Hollywood history. Some perhaps have an interest in the Barbara Ann Thomason tragedy. Many will surely be excited to see the earliest big screen performance of one of the all-time great actors. Nicholson is quite definitely what makes this film a somewhat entertaining watch. The parts of the film that don’t feature Nicholson, though, are pretty run-of-the-mill.

 

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 120: 1990: The Bronx Warriors

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The new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast takes us into the future, which is actually now the past. Dan Heaton from Tomorrow Society joins Todd to look at the 1982 film 1990: The Bronx Warriors.

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Show Notes:
Tomorrow Society
Dan on Twitter

Movies Discusses:
1990: The Bronx Warriors
The Dark Crystal
The Last Dragon

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 119: Dark of the Sun

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On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by Lee Grice from Small Press Big Mouth to discuss a very violent film from 1968…Dark of the Sun, also known as The Mercenaries.

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Show Notes:
Small Pres Big Mouth
Lee on Twitter

Film’s Discussed:
Dark of the Sun
Darker Than Amber
Filmworker

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