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 … Continue reading

Blackboard Jungle (1955) – Episode 35

Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. Today we have the third of our back to school movies and it is the first of its kind. Today’s film is Blackboard Jungle (1955). When this film was released it shocked a post-war American audience. Glenn Ford does a great job in this role and it surprised me because I know him primarily as a cowboy actor or as Superman’s dad if you are younger.

Glenn Ford plays the first-time teacher Richard Dadier. Ford was born in Canada in 1916 and moved to the US when he was 8. After high school, he began working in theater and taking odd jobs including with Will Rogers who taught him to ride a horse. Wow.

In 1939, he began working for Columbia Pictures and became a US citizen the same year. His first major role was Heaven with … Continue reading

To Sir, With Love (1967) – Episode 34

To Sir, With Love (1967)

To Sir, With Love (1967) is one of the great teacher/student films. Following in the spirit of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Sidney Poitier is masterful as the novice teacher.

Rough Script To Sir, With Love 1967

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. Today we have the second of our back to school movies and it is a dandy. The movie is To Sir, with Love (1967) and stars that great actor Sidney Poitier with an English cast.

Sidney Poitier plays the role of teacher Mark Thackeray or Sir. Poitier was covered in Episode 14 – Band of Angels (1957) and Episode 23 – The Long Ships (1964).

Christian Roberts played student Denham. Roberts ended his career with 23 credit but none of them are really of interest to this audience.

Judy Geeson played the role of rebellious student Pamela Dare. Born in … Continue reading

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) – Episode 33

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) is a wonderful tale of teaching at an English boys school

Rough Script Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Welcome to the show. My name is John. Before we get going I have a couple of notes. First the sound may be a little different because I am recording in a hotel in Fort Worth where I am attending podcast movement. And secondly since it is August and everyone is heading back to school I wanted to spend the month reviewing school movies. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes.

I will kick this months school films off with a movie in which the male lead won the Oscar over Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and the lead female lost the Oscar to Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. The movie of course is Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939). By the way he also won over Laurence Olivier for Wuthering Heights, James Stewart for … Continue reading