National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – 137

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

;nbsp; Welcome to today’s show, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast formally known as iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). This movie is so funny and accurate I almost can’t stand it. This movie was written by John Hughes but he turned the directing over Jeremiah S. Chechik. We only have a couple of show veterans and a lot of new actors. I am only going to cover about half the people in this film to keep it from being a hour long. Sorry about that. Actors Returning Brian Doyle-Murray played the uncaring boss Frank Shirley.  Brian was covered in Episode 96 – Scrooged (1988). E.G. Marshall played Art, Ellen’s father. Marshall was covered in Episode 68 –…

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Songwriter (1984) – 117

Songwriter (1984)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Songwriter (1984). This movie is romping stomping Texas sized comedy with a country music soundtrack that is hard to beat. It’s also funny as heck. So, let’ jump right into the actors, with only two show veterans. Actors Returning Melinda Dillon played Honey Carder, the loving ex-wife of Doc Jenkins (Willie Nelson). Dillion was covered in Episode 95 – A Christmas Story (1983). Rip Torn was about the best I have ever seen him as Dino McLeish, a small-time promoter. Torn was covered in Episode 26 – Time Limit (1957). New Well, this guy, even though he’s got almost 50 credits, I’m not going to call him an actor. When he does have…

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The Hallelujah Trail (1965) – 109

The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Hallelujah Trail (1965). This movie is a western comedy that skewers everyone, as competing groups try to intercept a wagon train filled with whiskey. This movie has a surprising cast of big stars led by Burt Lancaster and Lee Remick. Actors Burt Lancaster played the lead role of Col. Thaddeus Gearhart. The great Burt Lancaster was covered in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). Pamela Tiffin played Louise Gearhart, daughter of the Colonel and follower of the temperance movement. Tiffin was covered in One, Two, Three (1961). Bing Russell played Horner, one of the miners. Russell was covered in Episode 12 – Billy the Kidd Versus Dracula (1966). Dub Taylor played the…

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It Happened One Night (1934) – Episode 97

It Happened One Night (1934)

  Welcome to today’s show, It Happened One Night (1934), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. This movie was requested by Rick. Thanks for the suggestion because this was a movie I didn’t know too well. Today’s movie is It Happened One Night (1934). This Depression Era comedy is ranked number 35 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Movies of All Times and number 8 on the AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. This movie won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor -Clark Gable, Best Actress – Claudette Colbert, Best Director – Frank Capra, and Best Writing, Adaptation – Robert Riskin. Clark Gable was loaned out for this…

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One, Two, Three (1961) – Episode – 84

One, Two, Three (1961)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is One, Two, Three (1961) starring the great James Cagney.  I’m going to have to say right off the bat that this may be the greatest product placement movie of all times. It’s as fun little comedy with former Nazis, Communists, and God forbid, Capitalist. This movie wasn’t quite Cagney’s last role, as he showed up in Ragtime (1981). Actors The great James Cagney played the lead role of C.R. MacNamara. The word great is thrown around a lot, but with this guy, it’s true. Cagney was a real tough guy and a song and dance man as well. Cagney,…

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Cat Ballou (1965) – Episode 71

Cat Ballou (1965)

Welcome to today’s show, Cat Ballou (1965), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Cat Ballou (1965) a wonderful comedy western staring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. Actors Lee Marvin plays two roles, that of gunfighters Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn. Marvin won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Marvin was covered in Episode 66 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Bruce Cabot played the small role of Sheriff Maledon who escorted Clay on the train. Cabot was covered in Episode 1 – King Kong (1933) Jane Fonda played the title role of Cat Ballou. Fonda was born in New York, I’m seeing a trend.…

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Back to School (1986) – Episode 36

Back to School (1986)

Back to School (1986) is a great father/son comedy with Rodney Dangerfield and Sally Kellerman Rough Script Back to School (1986) Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. Today we have the final of our back to school movies for the month of August and it’s a pretty funny college flick. I don’t like to do movies that are this new but it makes a pretty good finish to this series. Today’s show is Episode 36 – Back to School (1986) starring Rodney Dangerfield and stellar comedic cast. Rodney Dangerfield plays Thornton Melon the son of an immigrant that followed the American dream. Dangerfield was born in New York in 1921. He tried his hand a comedy from a young age and he was one of the few people that could make stoic Ed Sullivan laugh. However, his career did not really take off. He was living a…

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) – Episode 13

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Ho ho Ho Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kicking Kwanza, and Festivus for the rest of us. As a special Christmas treat, I have put together a podcast about the fantastically bad Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). I hope everyone of all faiths and denominations as well as those that lack either will enjoy. Before I get into this too deeply I need to make a couple of notes. First, this movie is in the public domain so you get slightly different versions each time you view it. So don’t be too put off if the summary does not match scene for scene. Secondly, it is pretty hard to review that the actors in the film when about 80 percent of their bios state in the first line that they are best known for this stinker of a movie. But I will Endeavor to Preserver. Movie line. Did you get it? It seems that scavenged whomever they could get that was working on Broadway and hustled them over to an…

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Young Frankenstein (1974) – Episode 8

Marty Feldmann as Igor in Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein 1974 a snarky movie review of this Mel Brooks classic. Rough Script Today I am continuing the October 2014 Frankenstein line with a real laugh out loud comedy. This movie that follows the Mary Shelly story in largely a parody of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Young Frankenstein (1974). Directed by Mel Brooks and the screenplay written by Brooks and Wilder. Should I stop here? Have you heard enough to know it’s funny? If not you might not be familiar with Brooks and Wilder. I guess I start with Brooks but I will never be able to do him justice. Brooks came up the late 50s/60s television writers rooms. The contacts and collaborations he experienced during this time help lay the foundations for his later directorial success. In 1982 Brooks’ production company created My Favorite Year which was loosely based on a meeting between Brooks and an aging Errol Flynn. The movie is pretty funny and Peter O’Toole is quite good as a has-been alcoholic actor. My Favorite Year…

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