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Aug 25, 2023

In our penultimate Dorothy McGuire Acteurist Oeuvre-view episode, another pair of films in which only one of McGuire's "mother roles" affords her a dramatic opportunity. Find out which is which, between Delmer Daves' Susan Slade (1961) and Disney's Summer Magic (1963). We also discuss stealth soap opera radicalism, compare Disney and Vincente Minnelli's approaches to femininity as a construct, and argue for the surprising distinctiveness of early 60s kewpie doll blonde heroines. As a bonus, Dave comes to the end of his patience with Bosley Crowther. And in Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto, we attend a sold-out screening of Scorsese's After Hours, which we analyze as the ultimate scapegoat movie. 

P.S. We forgot to read the Leonard Maltin capsule reviews this time! Sorry, Leonard - we'll never do it again! 


Time Codes:

0h 00m 45s:    SUSAN SLADE (1961) [dir. Delmer Daves]

0h 43m 38s:    SUMMER MAGIC (1963) [dir. James Neilson]

1h 03m 02s:    Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto – Martin Scorsese’s After Hours (1985) at The Revue Cinema (part of the acclaimed Neon Dreams series)

1h 13m 47s:    Listener Letter from Simon!



* Listen to our guest episode on The Criterion Project – a discussion of Late Spring

* Marvel at our meticulously ridiculous Complete Viewing Schedule for the 2020s

* Intro Song: “Sunday” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra with the Keller Sisters (courtesy of The Internet Archive)

* Read Elise’s piece on Gangs of New York “Making America Strange Again”

* Check out Dave’s Robert Benchley blog – an attempt to annotate and reflect upon as many of the master humorist’s 2000+ pieces as he can locate – Benchley Data: A Wayward Annotation Project! 

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