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"james whitmore" Discussed on The BOB & TOM Show Free Podcast
"Now for May Day. Today in history. What year do you think the first stamp adhesive stamp came out? Wait a minute. So not lickable, but it has the stuff on the back of it. Because before you had to put paste on it yourself and then put it on the oh, I see. Way back. Boy, I'm going to say 64. Nope, I'm going to say 53. 1840. What? All right. Wait a minute. 1840 you could look a stamp? Yep, the first adhesive stain. That's cool. You're trying to that, of course, Christie, you had to nail it to the envelope. That's fun. Very impressed. I didn't know this. Did you know this? In 1930, what I wrote it. The planet Pluto was named by Walt Disney. A kid. An 11 year old. Veneta burney, named the planet Pluto. It's not a planet. Not anymore. I know. Whatever the hell it is. We're up to be one of Italy's worst serial killers. Goofy. Well, now it would be whatever planet planet face or something. No, how about the issue? I don't think it's considered a planet by many now. I think planet goofy is now known as earth. Okay. I'm guessing a 12 year old boy named Uranus. The endless jokes. 1939, Christy Lee. Yes. Detective. She's a lot older than I thought she was. No, detective comics, number 27. The first appearance of dick Tracy. Batman. 19th are a Batman. Boy, they're making a big damn deal, Michael Keaton's back is Batman, and I could care less. I'm in the minority though, I'm sure. It sounds like you do care though. You brought it up. Yep, brought it up. It's in my basketball game when he comes on. I'm Batman. I want to throw a shoe at my TV. That's the only reason I don't do that. You want to get nuts? Let's get that. Oh, I love that. Good moment, yeah. That was a great moment. Detective comics number 27. You got to go see Guardians of the Galaxy volume three. Patch comes out this week. Hard pass. All right. Did they do 26 other animals prior to Batman? We tried cat and dog men, and we did sloth man that sloth man really sucked and slug man. You remember mold man? Can we get away with this guy hanging around with a teenage boy in little green sharks? You really go right there. Sorry. Citizen Kane premieres. I guess I should have 1941. It's great. It is good. And when you go, hey, when you're watching, and you go, what's the big deal? I've seen these camera ankles and some of this stuff. But then you realize that you go, yeah, he invented it. Well, but then before that, have you ever seen wings? Yeah, the first best picture winner. And they have a nice tracking shot, and that that I had just awesome. Oh, sorry. Here we go. 1963, James Whitaker becomes the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Allegedly, then he hanged himself in jank. What? No, no, that was James Whitmore. Oh,
"james whitmore" Discussed on Monday Morning Critic Podcast
"But to have that happen, you wonder, oh my God, I don't know. If people are looking for under the radar movie, look no further than K pax. It's just very good, you know? Yeah, I'll never forget that the director gave both Kevin and Jeff. They would do two different style takes. One that pros and alien. Yeah. And one that this is just a damaged guy. Then just to tilt it, tilt it either way, just so that the director could then in the editing process kind of he had the choice then to kind of steer it. You know, because there's something difference between what's on the page and what's happening on camera. I think it was a brilliant thing for Neil to do. Was to just actually throughout shooting, do two kind of different, you know, lean one way. And then we're going to lean the other way and then let everyone and so none of us knew how it was going to go or how it's going to turn out. It was pretty cool. Yeah, very cool. And I wanted to, I mean, we could talk for hours before you're standing. You've worked. You've also worked with Eastwood and who is essentially my favorite director, Frank darabont and majestic. Anything you wanted to say about those two because I feel like Frank darabont is one of the greatest directors that I feel like, I don't know, I mean, I just think what his body of work is, I mean, we just talked about Spielberg so I guess I'm, I don't know. Anything you wanted to say about either one of those two those two men. You know, Frank Frank's a writer first, so he loves the story. He's really into the story, and he loves, he's great for actors that way, because he loves what an actor is going to bring to it. You know, he's wide open to that. So whatever you can bring a little character quirks and stuff, he just loves. He just loves those little bonus things. And it was a real treat for me working on that film because, you know, I knew I was going to be like a character guy. And here I'm working with Jeffrey demunn and David Ogden stiers and James Whitmore and hello, character guy heaven, Chelsea Ross. I'm in character guy, heaven. So, you know, the conversations that we all got to have just sitting around that little town up north, you know, waiting for shots to begin.
"james whitmore" Discussed on Messages & Methods: Livecast Life 2.0
"A month. You get the yearlong subscription so right now we're going to five different facebook pages and two youtube channels all at once. So you're taking that one piece of content and spreading it out to at least eight of those platforms just to start with without any effort at all and that's an factories and that we live today said of just recording this presentation and putting it up on youtube. Toby said We'll miss out on sending it to all these other places if we do it that way. So let's do it live and if it's at a time if it's an off time where you don't have audience necessarily you've still got the content and you've still distributed that content that one piece of content and we're speaking extemporaneously now. We have the benefit of slides and we have the benefit of knowing about this stuff more than just the presentation but we're speaking extemporaneously off the cuff at which is redundant i guess but We're going to those eight different platforms at one time And that's to me. Who used to live in a world where you would record a bunch of stuff. Then you'd spent four times as long editing and then you'd have to upload to every platform that you wanted to. This is going live to all eight of this. I don't know about you. But i have followed many many influencers and marketers over the years and when they want to create excitement. They'll say i'm doing this live. Everybody be there and I recently There was a a person. I follow james whitmore. He has his own podcast and he has his own business where he teaches other people how to start their business. It's called business bydesign. And normally and he he has a degree in filmmaking so he normally would create a series of videos that he would then released to the public and try to get them excited about trying to get them to watch the videos and then And then at that point after they've watched the videos than they would move into his course this year he said no. Let's do it live and the reaction he got was. Everybody.
"james whitmore" Discussed on Monster Movie Fun Time Go
"Lewin welcome to monster movie refund. Tom go on precious d. And i'm honeybee today. We are taking a look at them exclamation point gasp first big bug movie from nineteen fifty four at the same year as godzilla. Black and white ninety four minutes directed by gordon. Douglas starring james whitmore. James are ness and edmund. Gwenn and joan weldon. James are ness would become famous right after this for playing marshal. Matt dillon in gunsmoke decades this this movie kind of got him the job. Oh wow i read that. John wayne sought and recommended him. Hey anna got somebody else. A job Fess parker who plays the pilot that we see in the hospital He walt disney had gone to look at. James are ness for davy crockett but he saw fess parker and liked him better. And oh isn't that the way it goes but that's fine because gyms are. Ns ended up with a better job in that am working for decades so But we've seen this before with raymond. Burr that somebody starts off their career. One of these monster movies and then right after it goes on to do something that they then play for years. So it's not bad not a bad place to start your career in a monster movie monster. Some reason i do not have the budget but the box office was two point two million. So it's probably pretty good i- fricken loved it. The monsters are giant. ants between Eight feet twelve feet. I couldn't find a death count. But i counted myself Devon okay and we have a new category. The wilhelm count the what there is a sound effect known as the wilhelm scream stock sound effect that has been used a number of films and tv series according to clear beginning in one thousand nine hundred fifty one with the film distant. Drums scream is usually used when someone is shot falls from a great height or is thrown from explosion. The sound is named after private wilhelm. A character in the charge at for the river in nineteen fifty three western in which the character gets shot in the thigh. With an arrow this was. It's i use following its inclusion in the warner brothers. Stock sound library. Although the charge at feather river is believed to have been the third film to use the effect scream is believed to be voiced by actor. Shed wuli that is all from wikipedia and it sounds a little bit like this..
"james whitmore" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast
"Cancer. And the people i know in their sixties in older are extremely vital in extremely isn't like a dividing walls all of sudden. You're you know obsolete and you just can't sit there staring off into space and So the cast is astonishing. It's michael barney's warranty is the new black and book ronald cartwright's in alien and birds and invasion body snatchers. Bob cardo is in it. Barbara bain again. gosh marta. Kristen from the original lost in space Eastern phillips star trek voyager. I mean of end James pong from blade runner although china's so i mean it's just gonna be superfund we've done to end gates mcfadden from star trek next generation. So we've So the script is written. We've done table reads via zoom and will be very shortly as well. I remember speaking to way back. When and you you produce the dvd's and blue raise for the twilight zone you've done a ton of commentaries on and off for all of them even then you are planning on doing what we're going to be talking about tonight like i said you've got so much on the pandemic give you the chance to kinda. Does that often say okay. Now's the time to do all the reason for it. Well first of all did fifty two commentaries on the blu ray with all the people who worked on those shows so they got commentary with george commentaries with george clayton johnson. Neural hamlin's richard donner before we lost them in their gone on the record is phenomenal. And that's still left over a hundred. But i hadn't yet done and so i always had an serving the back of my mind. Do them at some point. Because literally i have all this i get one hundred people worked on the show. I've got this encyclopedia of twilight zone in my head and some book. Some of violence companion. In fact i just a new addition that hundred more pages because there was so much more to tell But i thought before. I'm you know a memory a To share all of those stories and all of those things. These people told me plus there. Many many people who are the great creators of science fiction shows now and other shows that are huge sterling fans and they were inspired by surly to create the disney golden age of television people like Vince gilligan. on you better call saul breaking bad and david chase on the sopranos one more of the bs. G galactica and from mankind. And on and on. I mean brandon bragging. You name it. And so so. I'll be so my idea and also but also there's this thing called money and you can use it. You can buy stuff with which is very helpful and support so my idea was. My wife is a number of strips that we wanna get made am. I thought well i could. I could do the rest of the commentaries and raised like maybe one hundred thousand or more For work which. I very much like do since she writes. Wrexham produces with me and she's been doing space command with me. That seems only fair to return the favor in in sweat equity in cash and so I came up with us ideas so you now have a site called spy lights own. Commentaries dot com. Where people can put in their contact info and then watch kickstarter campaign and they be informed when that is up and the idea will be that. Every week i'll be doing a live commentary on two episodes of the twilight zone free year. I'm going to the that year The people by putting like forty nine bucks. They'll get all hundred plus audio commentaries. They can just watch episodes in this to the full commentary. And that and this other perks were through a little more money than like an archive of my entire file of the twilight zone. Companion everything in my file cabinets. When i did the twilight zone comply get us or another another perky as they they can ask questions and i'll answer them in the commentary on their specific episode or they can have an episode dedicated to them or and this is a higher ticket item. They can act commentary with me. You zoom and again you know. It's just kind of something. I'll do like once a week for year and that'll cover the hundred hundred and four episodes and and it'll be great fun because you know again. There's so much discover still in. There's so much to do. I mean the fact that i'm not working with. Ron cartwright on sweet haven she started. I sing the body electric. Which is the only episode of twilight zone by ray bradbury and There were two other strips that wrote the show but to sit down with her. And just say okay. Let's talk about this episode. You know because it's it has a very very stormy production history where they test one actress to play the robot grandmother and it didn't work and then months later they hired another director and came back and shot leaving actress so they there will be. She's on that some months later. And so it'd be very interesting to sit down and talk with rhonda about that and that was the with fans so You know and then of course. I have my might mr sci-fi youtube channel where you know. I'm closed all the time and people can watch space command. They can listen to my opinions about any number of things and and it's just it's just super fun. Yes that's going to be quite an interesting journey because it's all five seasons the twilight zone. It includes things like the pilot. I never did a comedy on. Where is everybody on and on. I mean some of the great episodes and so be be super fun. I'm kind of fascinated by your archive. Because imagine you. You probably had to put some stuff out of the companion or otherwise it would have been like so yeah hundred hours of audio interviews with the people that i mean. Everyone from burgess meredith to and francis to all the producers of twilight zone Interviews with richard matheson and george clayton johnson and earl hamster. I mean it just goes on. And on william windham name it. I mean george clements. The the dp i mean. Yeah there's i'd say ninety percent of the stuff that i got from the interviews in for my researchers aren't in the book from rod sterling has subscribed to clipping file From around nineteen fifties theban nineteen fifty six fifty seven until his death so every article was ever written about him was in these big leather scraps in chronological order was like the encyclopedia rod sterling and up in his attic in his house in pacific. Palisades and you know i would. I would take these volumes home and make notes and so all you know. So my notes turned in the files. And i will transcribe the interviews and type up this tons of stuff and photographs. I over two hundred photographs from the twilight zone with. Maybe three hundred will not publish so You know you name it. I mean it's it's very fun and Again i was twenty one or twenty two when i started working on the book and and so everyone is still around. With the exception of rod sterling who died two years earlier and charles beaumont you know it premature much everyone else was still alive so it was phenomenal and You know and again. It's it's it's funny because it's really an oral history of the twilight zone and because one thing to have an academic have opinions but in a way that's almost in my opinion worthless because some deicing well you know if you look at twilight zone admits metaphorically to bad mouth academics. Heaven forbid but but there's something about say. Yeah i was on the set. And you're shooting death alley big thing in chocolate milk. I pass game. Refrain it's like it's like that's a very different kind of story. Then someone's opinion you know it's it's recollection isauro on I love talking on those people. It was it was terrific. It's interesting that you you mentioned. You know you're in your early twenties when you wrote this one of the things about the twilight zone. Is you know i. I've reviewed episodes on this. Podcast may be eight years ago or something. And as i get older i will revisit those episodes and i think you know what i've grown into that episode. Now i think completely different about it. I mean you ever been flicking through the twilight zone companion and think you know what. Maybe i was hard on that episode. But i actually. I'm an older man now and i. I've got a new perspective on has happened. Yes it has. A for instance bigwigs who which and pool Wish i had problems with because you may data from skill mockingbird starred in and they had to loop voice in about of june for ray doing sort of her voice. it's it's really odd doesn't really work but But someone wrote me a letter. When i came out saying that i didn't like the episode and they said when i was a kid appearance divorcing and there was no one getting a divorce on television all happy families and i saw that twilight zone episode about these kids whose parents divorcing and and i knew i wasn't alone and and validated how he was feeling and i said well. That's that's really that's really valid. I mean i can't. I can't of be negative about that. So when i wrote the new entry in the new twilight zone companion. I included that and i said no i see how that has value and Sh you know so. Yes sometimes my end. Sometimes my opinion changes. I mean one thing that really does stand out with twilight zone. It's just the astonishing artistry of it. I mean the us cinematography. The grates or is by jerry. Goldsmith and france. Waxman bernard room in on you know and and it just keeps going. I mean just in every category in that chain from surly because the writing was such high quality than everyone else in go. I don't wanna be loved the week. Lincoln this chain so So it's it's really something and Yes so it's But but like so yes. Sometimes i will change my opinion and even the bad episodes are. There's this stuff of value in them. I mean even some that like we're rod talks about Advertisements he was so tired in writing so much he felt like it was too rod sterling talking to each other getting seen because he had such a distinctive way of talking. And that's a very demonstrative that is the fear with hazel court in mark richmond. Where it's like. Yeah it sounds like two hundred to two servings talking each other but but even a lot of fun. It's a lotta fun in so yeah so but i and again you know one. That's things about one of the ideas. I have my the twilight zone companion. Was i'll have the information about egypt's so that will be unbiased. That won't have an opinion for or against. And then i'll have my opinion. But i be the information and so so in other words i have never ever minded someone having a different opinion because if someone says to me well you know my favorite episodes shelley berman. Okay about that. Or the one with carol burnett which she is the only one with a laugh track and then they took the laugh track at out the iran. It's like you're just a saline and then they wait for no particular reason they say the next line because they were timing for laugh track. So it's a it's a strange episode with or without the laugh track but have you ever been tempted to kinds of. I mean you ought to. Because i've got your new twilight zone companion the updated one in. It's great that extra material but have you ever looked one and saw you know why i'm so such a different man now. Such different person that. I like to completely rewrite my opinion on Let me think to the challenges that there's so many great twilight zone episodes that i i watch them. What was really astonishing to me was For many years after. I wrote the twilight zone companion. I didn't watch by light zone. 'cause i'd spent five years working on the book. And then they were going to do a documentary on rod sterling american masters and pbs. Contacted me and they said well. We're going to in black white and one interview you on film and i was very nervous about. His flattened talked about violence on really even thought about it much for like a decade or two so brought the book with me just in case i needed to consult it and they interviewed on camera for two and a half hours and i never once opened the book because it was hard. That's what i knew was into my head so so yeah yeah. I mean maybe the encounter is one. I've changed my opinion about that. One i i was down on and now i will like it. I think george novel branch terrific You know there's there might be a few but again. I you know i think pilots batting average just in terms of great episodes is so high. You know it's like when you look at you know when you think about okay. Rod strumming spends week and he does the the lonely and in the next week. It's walking distance and then the next week so it's stop. Whenever the next week it's time enough at last night all each how these are all great is classier and even with the our ones which were very problematical. You've got an amazing episode on thursday. Believe for home. I don't know any other piece of writing. The deals with someone who's a hero in can't let go of power and stress himself is writing and james whitmore spectacular or desktop lately. Great mathis nap so I just. I just got the space from that episode. So she's hanging hanging over there l. about fourteen spaces or so because because we being space. Command sewn backgrounds Buying in space. The one behind me is from outland by the way. So it's so it's safe to say then that if people listen to these commentaries of probably going to hear things that they've never had before a absolutely hundred percent yes and because because again there's so much bow these episodes that aren't isn't in book. I mean you know it's it's just it's just one of the reasons. I do the updated while his companions because asked rice finished writing the book and it came out. People kept telling me amazing. Stories like for instance. Douglas gays who became a very dear friend of mine he had been director on. Many of the great episodes told me that i am the beholder. He realized that they were gonna run. Short and rod was out of town and unreachable. This is before the internet of course and so doug road seen inroads style and shot it and ever see the so seen whether in the in the break room the doctor and the nurse smoking a cigarette and he says i've looked under those bandages. It's a human face that was written by doug hayes not rod sterling and then released put it together and screened in for rod. Doug was you know in the back of the screening room sweating bullets. He had to write a scene of installing style and then at the at the end of it when they when finished.
"james whitmore" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast
"Hello tom. It's andrew schneider from houston here to talk about on thursday. We leave for home. This is the one episode. I've been waiting for to commandant from season four. It's by far my favorite of the one hour episodes more than he's alive more than death ship more than any of the others and it had been a while. Since i've seen this one before in fact. I think the last time i saw it must have been before i took over as the political reporter at my radio station and forgotten the number of deeper themes that are running through this episode. I recently re watched it. And what struck me. The most is about how this is a meditation on power and what it can do to people Ben teen is clearly somebody who has been shaped by having wheeled power Ultimate power over more than one hundred people for decades and the usual sayings come to mind. Lord acton dictum about power corrupting The biographer robert caro's variation about at power doesn't corrupt it. I'm not sure which of this really applies. In ben teens case but it certainly that he was shaped by to the extent that he can no longer discern the difference between what's good for him and what's good for the people that he is in control love or he is watching over To the extent that when that power is taken away from him he can't function he can't even conceive of himself as apart from that Which is why he winds a bologna at the end of the episode In relation to that. I was struck by the large focus on religious themes in the episode. Of course the ship that brought the people to this barren planet is known as the pilgrim. So that's right out there in the open But the way that ben teen manages to keep his people together is a largely appears based on faith and So this episode can be seen as as a meditation on the degree to which faith can be a strength but also to which it can be a a form of repression and the extent to which people see the need to get away from that at the end of the episode is another reason why ben teen finds himself alone beyond that. I have to say that i'm always struck by the strong performances of the lead actors in this episode. James whitmore has long been one of my favorite character actors. Ever since i saw him in a battleground which is one of my favourite war. Movies and I'd forgotten though the extent to which He's balanced and countered by tim o'connor the actor who plays colonel sloane and i'd forgotten among other things how much you reminded me of young cary grant a was used the perfect person to go up against the strong character of ben teen the one thing that That I leave with and this is. I'm guessing something that a number of other people of noted by this point is that The pilgrim one landed on the planet in nineteen ninety-one. It's been thirty years that they've been stranded there. So this episode takes place in twenty twenty one world of difference with that all sign off and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the episode rod serling creator of the twilight zone. We'll tell you about next week story after this message if you wanna get your thoughts onto the show then email. Tom twilight zone. Podcast dot com with a clip of around five minutes or so with your thoughts on any of the episodes season. Four so far or your thoughts on the one coming up. So let's go over to rudd sailing to find out what that is and now mr swirling next on twilight zone an exercise in the typewriter of charles beaumont sea voyage into the darker regions of the zone is stars in alphabetical order. Cooper wilfred hyde. White cecil kellaway lee phillips and joyce. Van patten i'm prepared to pay you w amount of your tickets if you abandoned your chance this events and you're driving extreme however if you leave lady and now give you the equivalent of thousand and how match that making live cannon house ever since pick this up people have been trying their best to discourage us. I don't know why. Forget it and leave us alone. Great news very important is we've been talking to a million but investments and we've kind of inclusion. It's you don't have to leave the ship after all my husband is trying to say is that you won't have to die off.
"james whitmore" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast
"That was john and it never will be cotton fair enough fair enough. And i'll tell you what it is. It's a race of men struggle for survival. Just as you have survived and captain ben. Tina's quite right when he tells you what isn't a place of all beauty. We may have worse and they're still remains prejudice. Nice opposed as long as men walk will be angry. Men jealous men unforgiving men but it has one thing that you don't have one thing it lets every man his own master so ultimately anton- rather than swallowing his pride or allowing himself to be calm. Just like everyone else says he stays and becomes the god of an inhospitable planet with a population of one and the irony is howdy. Gone back to where he might not have been the leader of these people anymore. But as sloan said earlier on he would've been lionized on his return he would have been the retaining hero. He probably would have done the talk. Show say it's written books. You know the possibilities were endless for bending could have done when he got back if he'd only gotten on that ship in his book rod sailing in the twilight zone. Douglas brodie comments that in individual episodes rod sailing voices. His this taste for dictators on both the left and the rate but this is his comment on a benign dictator. He also comments allow on the religious aspect of the story and calls. Ben teen moses like figure he also calls him an anachronistic figure who is outlived his usefulness a man who warns a false gods but then becomes one now all of this is of course valid but one it also brings home to me is that we all view things through our own lenses for me. It wasn't really the religious undertones that drew me in or comments on dictators of their politics. But it was about those small dictators who we meet in our day-to-day lives who find a peppers in a row and then cling onto for dear life now. I recently reconnected with an old favourite television. Show that i hadn't watched for some time i wondered to myself. One is out there about this show online. Is that a fan community. Is that a dedicated website. And when i looked. I found a website that was probably the oldest of its kind online made by a man who probably did it for the right reasons created the site to celebrate the thing that i loved and to invite waters to revel in that enjoyment to and because it was the fans to this kind it was able to forge links with the original show that it was about that others weren't able to do in later years so in its own small space online it became important and it even had a fan club of sorts for people to be able to have some interaction with the website. So i thought to myself how wonderful you know. Maybe i'll check that out. But then i read more and more. I found that the rules for joining the society was pages and pages and reams and reams of banal regulations that were clearly not there to make an enjoyable experience for the members but to protect and cement. This man's place as what he perceived to be the top in his field. Now i'm not going to mention what that show was or what. The website was bor-. That's the reason that this episode never really spoke about politics to me although clearly that is there but this trade is not just limited to people in government it can be there in the smallest of ways so after slogging through an episode. I wasn't particularly fond of last time. This was like a breath of fresh air. Every feels i comes together this beautifully artificial backdrop. That makes you feel like you're watching a wonderfully produced stage play and then sailing being on top form with both writing and pace in this through the longer running time. This being too long never entered my mind. Because i was riveted from start to finish and then james whitmore is ben teen just raises a whole thing performance so perfectly pitched that you just watch this man transformed from one thing to another before your eyes but make it seemed so perfectly natural and in the end he steps over the line so much that we're left in no doubt the what was previously so altruistic had become so self serving and i think sailing knew he had to go down here and martin grams junior documents in unlocking the door to a television classic comment by sailing where he says it's my real conviction that this is an above average item with consistently fine performances. In which mister whitmore is unique. I think it is probably one of the best twilight zones that we've ever done. And who am i to argue with the great man because now it's my conviction to that. This is not only above average item but while says effortlessly into the top tier of twilight zone for me maybe mytalk ten william bent teen who had perogatives he could lead he could direct dictate. Judge legislate it became a habit that pattern and finally an excessively william ben teen once god now a population of one says relief. It's nice to get to this stage in the show and be able to discover an episode. Like i'd never seen it before but to discover one just rockets to the top of my twilight zone tear. I guess but i do hope that going forward and is a bit more trivia to go round. It's starting to really get in. And you know the last thing i want to do is just kinda commentator through the episode you know because that's the pattern that you kinda fall into so even though there wasn't much trivia. I tried to make it a bit more about analysis if does not much No facts and figures to get into but we'll see we'll see what the future holds and i will adapt accordingly but we have quite a bit to gets through so i'm going to thank people fair so i'm going to thank i. Change review is is snakes. Jock i thank you for your positive review. I appreciate that. And they said that they would like me to do an episode about the tower of terror. While it's it's long been in my mind to do that. And i will try and figure it out. Try and figure out. I would really like to do. You want to get a bit of inside info on now. You wanna speak to someone who who's kind of who is really on the inside of ganay made and i don't quite know who that pass.
"james whitmore" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast
"What took you so what we've been traveling for six and a half months hundred times we've been waiting thirty hairs and we got your message. Two ago nobody listened to more. We try to transmit you mr ben team but just simply couldn't get through but when we heard your we knew that you've received initial mesic me. Does it all look like this. I mean the whole place. Just it all looks like this. Craggy mountains salt flats two sons perpetually shining pass. It all looks like this thirty years yesterday. Years by the people here who have never seen the earth kuni some of our older people. Don't remember what it looks like. See it now are to get on board as soon as possible. We figured that you should be ready to leave on thursday. That will give you three days to the rings so by the time the rescue ship lands. We are seventeen and a half minutes into this episode. So when we consider the season for question episode lengths. We have to ask ourselves. Did we need all that build up before the ship actually lands seventeen and a half minutes is almost a length of a regular episode. But i have to say. I didn't feel a minute because it's all character character character. We see the hardships these face and we see how ben teen supports them in different ways and not only that but the complexities of the support that he gives them. Sometimes it's a pep talk or the times it's ideas and sometimes it's even addressing down and he also fills the at priest or rabbi or or the religious leader would fill so many facets to it. I don't think there's a moment here that i would want to lose. Because the more we know benzine as the good man that we've seen in the episode so far the more impactful is downfall is and the catalyst of that. Downfall is the arrival of cannell sloan and his crew to take them home and of course it wouldn't be a twilight zone set in space without an appearance by the ship and uniforms from forbidden planet. But i love this scene jubilation of the settlers and then the conversation between bent team and kennel sloan and on a repeat view and it just kind of breaks my heart a little because you know pantene is going to be calm. Well here is just so happy and gracious. And you wanna talent. Just hold onto that. Don't sabotage a fierce l. On the scene itself is also planting little seeds for later on because when he's fast talking to sloan benching doesn't really care that he's calling him mr ben teen not captain ben team because as we find out. Captain is really just a tam of in demand. He doesn't hold any rank here because he was just a child when they came so at this point when he's faced with someone who does how genuine rank he doesn't seem to care about this tight fast until sloan just passing says he will take responsibility from now on and then that we see the ten and bentinck correct slow talent him to address him as captain pen team so as the settlers popular things. Why don't we meet demand. Who made that long six and half months janney to rescue them kennel. Sloan is played by. Tim o'connor who we only lost quite recently in two thousand and eighteen at the age of ninety and he was a chicago native who began his career on the chicago stage but it was his move to new york in one thousand. Nine hundred fifty. That really satisfied. Korean moving where he became a hardware king television i and he made the rounds of some of our usual shows like the fugitive and the defenders and he's also one of those twilight zone actors who appeared in the distinguished competent into outer limits episodes. Moonstone and soldier perhaps what he was known for santa for good four year chunk of his career was his role as elliot. Caution on the show. Peyton place where he clocked up a staggering four hundred and sixteen episodes and he continued to be a busy television active for the remainder of his career but to me. It's another science fiction. Show that. I'll always remember for when he played dr elias here in the classic book. Rogers in the twenty fifth century. But i think he's fabulous in this to. He's always very soon to these kinds of roles. The professional person whether it's a police officer or a doctor or something along those lines. He was very good at projecting. A certain amount of authority. But i think he's a perfect foil for james whitmore as benzine as well because in a way it's really james went more show. He's really the lead here so the role of kennel. Sloan is really the bending to kind of bounce off but i think o'connor is suitably generous in his performance giving more just what he needs but he's also great to look at too with his moments of before documents confusion as to. What really is bending problem as you all know in less than thirty six hours we'll be departed weight. Allowance has been set at fourteen pounds to prison. And we leave here. We'll begin a process of notation establish. What your personal belongings. We'll be in what they will with critics slob. truly truly. I was just giving him the weight requirements old. Handle all that tomorrow. We're having this meeting. I brought lieutenant. Single rafferty. Along with me all asking so many questions about earth. And i thought to be a good time together to try and answer. A few more colonel purpose of this meeting is to deal with. Departure brahms tunnel. My folks from san diego california like sunny and warm. Most of the time boss address the biggest city in the world. Now i really feel that. These questions can be answered at the later top seattle public schools and that pretty much the same as they were a larger better-equipped actively staff i have to say i eat all of these scenes up james more is just captivated watching as he starts to take home bridge what he perceived as his authority being undermined at every ten. Take that scene where the settlers are playing baseball with the crew members in the heat and teen is not happy about it because he thinks it's too hot now. This is an important scene because sure and teen could be right. you know. it is very hard. Maybe they will over exert themselves and and so far as a result so his consent for them is not a bad thing in itself. But it's the first time in the episode that we see benching doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. This is a real turning point.
"james whitmore" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast
"On is as brooks in the one thousand nine hundred ninety. Four film the shawshank redemption james. Whitmore the man who benefited so much from the bill that brought him back into society playing the ex con who had spent so long inside that he just couldn't integrate back into society. I am big final james more and he might not have those typically leading man looks but he has an interest in face with those big bushy eyebrows and a smile that seems to stretch from ear to ear and i find him such a magnetic presence on screen. But if you've ever seen interview to. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a great deadpan delivery. Or how is he this well. I won't mince my words on this one book. James whitmore's performance as captain. Ben team has instantly to one of my favorite twilight zone performances of all time. When we meet him he is every bit demand. We would want to lead us in a situation like they are iran calm and kind sometimes strict ready to make difficult decisions but always fair. But it's all about that progression as the situation changes around him. We see the wild benzene led the group for all the right reasons. He wants to hold onto that authority for all the wrong ones. But it's a switch the way at more handle so well the way. He pushes his characters. Janney along taking these small steps change in from this wonderful altruistically to what we end up with later on before you know it your left in no doubt that this was a good man who is just let the power go to his head. But i don't think whitmore goes very big with his performance and with a character. Jenny like this. If a different actor had decided to go a bit bigger with their it might have been the right choice of probably could affect for. I think whitmore keeps things so. Grounded gives them the room to ten things a bit later on and gives them a great range to work with and i think he pitches this perfectly and it truly is a twilight zone performance for the ages. Mr ben dean. I've been colonel. Sloan commanding the galaxy six.
"james whitmore" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast
"Here. We have a character questioning whether suicide is a sin under these circumstances asking. Why if living is tough enough. Should they still live by the book. And i think we really need to pay attention to language. He uses here. Because is it sailing. Giving that comment an intentional double meaning because the true intensive what the characters and could just be too provocative for the time on the one hand doing something by the book is simply doing it by the rules. But when there's a man stood in front of you holding a bible and calling what you say blast for me then. It's pretty clear what book he's talking about. That's also another thing that senses at the time were very very conscious of now. We have a pretty large cast. He bought most of them. Are these kinds of peripheral supporting roles and are the whole rather than having of their own. But i think one of the most prominent ones is al baynes and he's the dark gentleman who we've just had speaking with pantene at the graveside and allies played an active cord. James broderick who is the father of the actor matthew broderick now while at the graveside of the poor woman who has taken their life. If we look around we can see that the landscape seemingly stretches off into the distance and unlocking the door to a television classic prince a quote from stolac magazine. Where the actor. Tim o'connor said they constructed the entire set for that episode. There was no possible way. Camera could have new without picking up the landscape they designed the set was enormous. Mgm studios like a production factory back. Then they saved every costume every prop and the mountain said they build stood there for years so it could be reused. Some executive have choked when they saw the budget. And i'm not surprised. They didn't tear down the set after we finished that episode. And i have to say. I think this is one of the best looking twilight zone episodes of ever seen the combination of sets on a stage like the living quarters the canes on the area where they queue up for their water and then these huge paintings of the landscape are just wonderful and i don't think they wonderful because they look realistic but i think they're wonderful in there kind of beautiful artificiality and the pictures of the rocks and the mountains in the distance that are casting. Shadows is reminiscent of those season. One opening credits and the effect is almost impressionistic. And then they're able to create this marvelous effect of a meteor storm. And if you watch here it looks like it's achieve by combination of throwing small rocks or pieces of data onto the stage and then laying over optical special effects now. I can't find any explanation as to how that was achieved but it looks like they filmed firecrackers being thrown and then bouncing along the ground. And then they've just lay down over the shots and if you look closely you can see that those sparking meteorites are not really there but boys kula keeps the shots moving keeps the people move and so the effect of all these moving parts really helps them to pull off this wonderful effect. Scared on georgia king were. We can't have you been scared much. Let me talk past the time hampton. Tell us about the earth. Do that captain. Would you tell us about the earth. You remember it again jerry. All right i'll talk about brand you and hank filling any holes i leave. I'm wrong about any of my recollections. You correct me joe joe. I was just a boy when we arrived here. I was fifteen years old. But i remember the earth. I remember it as a place place of color. I remember joe joe that in the autumn in the autumn leaves change. Turn different colors red orange. I remember streams of water that flowed downhill side. The water was sparkling and clear. So ben isn't just making this speech for joe joe as mark zicree says in the twilight zone companion. He saying it for everyone and here. I think we have a perfect combination of rudd. Sailings weds and an actor who is just knocking it out to the park delivering them. So let's meet him. Captain benzine is plagued by the great james. Where more and talk about an actor's actor he was born in one thousand nine hundred twenty one in new york so so hundred years ago this year and like many of our twilight zone stars he. He served his country as a marine in world war. Two and again like several of the twilight zone stars. His past to acting came via the g. i. Bill following an honorable discharge now. The gi bill was designed to assist american service people in integrating into society by providing things like low cost mortgages and loans free education or at least education that was paid to a certain amount. It was a whole array of things designed to make getting back into society that bill easier and for whitmore batman training as an actor and it was on the stage where he fares made his mark most notably plane to why he knew as a military veteran in the play command decision. Where he played tech sergeant evans and it wasn't long before the big screen called on one of his most famous. Green successes was again in the realms of the military in the nineteen forty nine movie battlegrounds on the first half of the fifties where very prolific time for whitmore where he had parts in three to four movies a year but when television started to become the big thing that's where he spent most of the late fifty s hidden several anthologies like craft seats at all schlitz playhouse and of course playhouse nineteen and the twilight zone isn't his only rod sailing connection. He also appears in two episodes of sailings next series. The loaner where he plays. Doc fritsch man in the two parts of the mourners for johnny sharp. I feel like that. A probably a ton of james whitmore performances in his resume. That students of that era were no more than me. But perhaps one of his most recognizable rosa later.