Helen K Rudy, Jack Warner, Jack Warner Stanford discussed on Sci-Fi Talk

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Hi this is tony auto and welcome to bite here on the. Sat podcast network and so parenting an apocalypse. It's it's not the same way we would. Do you know how it works. Any views usually two to four minutes long but sometimes they can be a little longer. When you when you live long. All kinds of strange things happen very right in saying that. The greek heroes. Where the original superheroes in part because of the nature of genes but also because of its message of diversity and inclusion. Helen k rudy is the author of michael kirk tease life and film and he talked to me about the fame directors beginnings in har in particular the film dr x. Mr rowdy great to talk to you about this This movie i actually never seen it until you know. It's coming on turner classic movies. And what a little gem of a movie and and really a director. Michael critise. Who in my book i think is overlooked. Plus you for writing a book about him. What stands out to you about this. Well a couple of things. I think the the style of the movie as a melding of the warner brothers house style which is Snappy smart back talk from reporters and cops and clipped off dialogue and so on and so forth in combining that with two strip technicolor warners had a contract with and had to figure out how to fulfill during the depression when musicals took a dive for a period of time And and movies that universal made popular but in nineteen thirty. Two horror was a film business. I mean mgm. Dr jekyll and mr hyde paramount. The island of lost souls and so on and so forth so and and James whale was doing his thing over at universal. So i think this was an attempt with a third of the theaters being closed With with a couple of the major studios going into receivership during their prussian. This was a way to get people into movie theaters. And they were desperate to do that and this was. This was basically xanax inspiration. 'cause he was he was the head of production warner brothers when he was twenty. Five years. old You know. His first his first big movie star was written by jack warner stanford. He always renton was my favorite star because he never asked for a raise nor complained about the food in the commissary so so This was a combined this was an attempt by warner brothers to sell. Tickets fulfilled their contract with technicolor. And and make money and critise at this. Point was as i in my biography of them. This was his general form in period where he was aching a film virtually every three months. He was starting on hill and between nineteen thirty. Two and nineteen thirty three. He made like fourteen movies. I i mean it's just he repeatedly because they needed to get the movies out into the theaters with new. There was a new movie playing like every every week or so. This was part of that. But i think a lot of this though in dr x. They were making stuff up the the the notion of making a film. Even in the pre code era having to do with serial killing cannibalism this horrific makeup that they went to. I guess to max factor and i i think purrs west more i tend to think he designed it but they use the factor resources because at that time the studio The studio makeup departments were not nearly as sophisticated as you would be come and so you know the the whole synthetic flesh thing president foster sitting there watching human heart in an abuser bobbling water. I mean all of this stuff. We look at these things now on a on a home screen and we're kind of like well you know that. That's that's pretty cool. That's pretty scary. But ninety years ago sitting in a darkened auditorium a darkened theater with a bunch of people. I mean this. This scared the shit. People in a lot of ways. And i think in another way xanax wanted the comedic episodes in us to to lieven the terror and goes there was a fine line in one reason. I think jack warner did not like horror films is he didn't want to offend people and more rural areas Unsophisticated audience and so forth. So they had to kind of make it funny where people would be frightened and they giggle a little bit. So i think that that that was kind of the the the melding of of two different styles. The warner brothers house style and and and getting on the horror bandwagon for only a short period. Because jack warner jack warner disliked two things any any movies about alcoholics because he thought alcoholic alcoholism was like a weakness and there was something wrong with you and he didn't like home movies as a as a general rule. Let but Jack warner could squeeze a nickel hard enough for the buffalo to fall over. So you know that was always the priority. I liked that casablanca. The adventures of robin hood even king creole without some of michael kirk films. Get alan kay roadies. Michael curtail life and film and dr rex can be seen on. Turner classic movies starting on may seventh and that is to bite. I'm tony till auto..

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