Show No. 408 with guests Adam Tsekhman and Alan Rode
Original Airdate: June 22-25, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes film historian Alan Rode. Alan’s latest book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, is a comprehensive biography and filmography of the Oscar-winning director of such classic movies as Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood and White Christmas. Topics include Curtiz’s frequent clashes with actors such as Errol Flynn and James Cagney; his brief foray into television with John Frankenheimer; Curtiz’s versatility as a director while at Warner Bros., including how he came to direct the best feature film adaptation of the Perry Mason novels that Warners produced in the 1930s; and how Curtiz served as a mentor to John Garfield, Doris Day, Elvis Presley and other pop culture icons. Alan has several appearances coming up in the weeks and months ahead, including a presentation at the Los Angeles Breakfast Club on June 27; a book signing at the Bryant Park Reading Room in New York City on July 2; and The Noir City Film Noir Festival in Chicago from Aug. 19-23. Visit Alan’s website for more information. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor and writer Adam Tsekhman (Gary Green on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Yuri Petrov on Six). Adam will also be seen in the upcoming action feature Dragged Across Concrete, which is slated for release later this year. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember The Lawrence Welk Show, both its original network TV run throughout the 1950s and ’60s, as well as how Welk broke ground by forming his own syndicated network of affiliates, which continued to air first-run episodes of the series during the 1970s.