Ep. 80-Smokey and the Bandit


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Front Row Classics concludes July with a look at one of the most successful films of the 1970s. Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest grossing film of 1977, right behind Star Wars. The movie caught lightning in a bottle with great star power, hilarious performances and amazing practical stunts. Guilty Pleasures host, Lou Hare joins Brandon and Eric to discuss this crowd-pleasing movie that still holds up nearly 45 years later. So, hop in your Trans Am and head “Eastbound and Down” in one of the most fun ways to possibly spend a summer evening. 

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Ep. 79- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes





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Front Row Classics continues this month with one of the funniest musical comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are showstoppers in Howard Hawks’ classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. This film is the perfect summer movie with its zany plot, over-the-top musical numbers and wisecracking leading ladies. Kelly Lohrenz, once again, joins Brandon and Eric to discuss the catchy musical numbers and comic mishaps that make this film still enjoyable nearly 70 years later.

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Ep. 78- Top Hat




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Front Row Classics kicks off July by stepping into the world of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Top Hat was one of the biggest blockbusters of the 1930s and our crew is breaking down all of the legendary musical numbers & comedic moments that make this film enjoyable nearly 90 years later. Brandon and Eric are joined, once again, by Beyond the Mouse’s Brett Rutherford and Vanessa Ferguson. Topics include the amazing chemistry between the two stars, the unflappable supporting cast and the memorable score. You’ll even hear which particular song is a persistent ear worm for Brett! So, kick back this month and enjoy a film that ,even during a Depression, lifted the spirits like few films could.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick, Vanessa Ferguson and Brett Rutherford

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Ep. 77- The Pink Panther (1963)




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Front Row Classics brings a dose of classic slapstick to the summer with one of the legendary comedies of the 1960s. The Pink Panther introduced the world to Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by the one-and-only Peter Sellers. Brandon and Eric are joined by ,Convince Me host, Larry Smith to explore this introductory film in the iconic franchise. The hosts discuss the collaboration between Sellers & director Blake Edwards as well as the many sight gags that keep this film hilarious nearly 60 years later.

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Ep. 76- A Streetcar Named Desire




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Front Row Classics tackles one of the most legendary dramas of the 1950s. A Streetcar Named Desire still resonates 70 years later with its powerful themes and performances. Craig McFarland, from Beyond the Mouse, joins Brandon and Eric to salute Elia Kazan’s adaptation of the legendary Tennessee Williams play. The hosts praise the performances of the award-winning cast, especially Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.  You’ll also hear their take on the portrayal of mental illness in the film as well as the differences between stage and screen. 

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick and Craig McFarland

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Ep. 75- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)



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Front Row Classics kicks off Summer 2021 with a touch of science fiction. We tackle the 50s sci-fi masterpiece, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Ryan Lootens, of Front Row Flashbacks, joins Brandon and Eric to break down one of the most popular films of the decade. The hosts discuss the legendary performance of Michael Rennie as Klaatu as well as the many classic genre tropes this film helped to inspire. The political climate of the early fifties also plays a major part in the discussion of a movie that still feels relevant 70 years later.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick and Ryan Lootens

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Ep. 74- To Catch a Thief



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Front Row Classics closes out May with a romantic suspense caper from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. To Catch a Thief is one of Hitchcock’s most fun and visually stunning films. The movie features two great performances by two of the most elegant stars in film history: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Steve Sykes from View From the Back Row joins Brandon and Eric to break down all of the aspects of this fan favorite film. Topics include the stunning location in Monaco, Hitchcock’s signature camera style and the cheeky dialogue peppered throughout the movie.

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Ep. 73- An American in Paris (with Patricia Ward Kelly)



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Front Row Classics celebrates the 70th anniversary of one of the greatest movie musicals ever made. An American in Paris was a revolutionary film through its use of storytelling through music and dance. It still has the power to entertain seven decades later. We’re thrilled to welcome back Patricia Ward Kelly, widow and biographer of Gene Kelly, to help us celebrate and examine the film’s legacy. The episode covers the film’s inception, cast and creators. We’ll also hear personal insights into Gene’s creation of the legendary American in Paris ballet. We hope this episode will inspire you to go back and rediscover this timeless work of art.

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Ep. 72- Citizen Kane 80th Anniversary



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Front Row Classics is celebrating a film that many historians/critics consider to be the finest film ever made, Citizen Kane. The film, released 80 years ago this week, has remained a standard bearer for all that came after. We covered this film on Classics back in 2018, but this special anniversary episode brings us two new perspectives. Eric considers Kane his favorite movie and finally gets a chance to break down his perspectives. We also hear from Front Row Flashbacks, Eric McCabe who recently saw the film for the first time. The hosts’ get to dive deep into the backstory and details of the film, which a normal episode discussion may not always allow. 

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick and Erin McCabe

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Ep. 71- The Third Man



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Front Row Classics closes out April with one of the greatest noir/mystery thrillers ever made. Brandon and Eric are joined by first time guest, Rahul Ragunathan, to discuss this timeless piece of cinema. Among the discussion topics are: Sir Carol Reed’s use of the camera, Anton Karas’ unique zither score and Orson Welles’ legendary performance as Harry Lime. So, transport yourself back to post-war Vienna and get yourself caught up in the intrigue and mystery of The Third Man!

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