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Aug 23, 2019

This week’s episode serves as both a prolegomenon to our imminent Hollywood Studios Year By Year series and as a wistful look back to Dave’s teen years, when he picked up Ethan Mordden’s freewheeling speed date with Old Hollywood History and discovered a new way to split the difference between Adornian culture industry theory and auteurist ontology.

Journey back to a time when oligopoly really meant something and most entertainment companies weren’t somehow beholden to Disney. We quote from and quibble with Mordden’s characterizations of the quintessential qualities of Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers, Fox, RKO, and Universal (Dave gets particularly riled up about yet another slight to the sacred memory of Carl Laemmle Jr.).

What’s your favourite Golden Age Studio? We want to know!

Time Codes:

0h 1m 00s:   The Hollywood Studios

2h 15m 43s    Listener Mail with Todd Murry


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Theme Music:

“What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes?” – Le Tigre