Take it from dads Monte Marvin (left) and Lee Marvin and give dad a Fathers Day gift he’ll really enjoy: LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK, kindle version.
Fathers Day late? Hey, it happens to the best of us. I know I missed a it a few times when my father was still alive. Fear not, good people, as thanks to the digital age, it’s possible to still get your father a worthy gift. Even better is the fact that he doesn’t have to know how little you may have spent since it looks more pricey than it is is, thanks to Amazon’s discount. Of course, I’m talking about the kindle version of Lee Marvin Point Blank. After all, any true dad worthy of the title is a fan of such classics as The Dirty Dozen,Point Blank, The Professionals, Emperor of the North and many more Lee Marvin classics! All of them and more are detailed in the book that dad would surely love to read about. Besides, the $9.99 price tag is cheaper than a bottle of a scotch, a designer tie, or even some pricey cologne than you may have thought of giving him. It’s even cheaper than taking him out to eat…hard to do anyway during the pandemic. Any of those other gift ideas won’t last as long as a good book and the best part is, if you order it now, he gets it right away! Of course, it’s not that recent a title, having come out in 2013, but it doesn’t have to be topical to be of interest. As my publisher Tim Schaffner said of it, Lee Marvin Point Blank is an evergreen title.
So, what are you waiting for? Fathers Day late is still better than no Fathers Day at all!
Great Scott Podcast is the brain child of one Mike Scott. I became friends with Mike via social media — Facebook to be exact — way back in October of 2014. We’ve never met in-person, as is often the case with social media, but since making acquaintance we’ve had some very good conversations and transactions on a variety of subjects. One being the fact that since he was aware I had once aspired to a stand-up comedy career, he sought my advice on his own such aspirations.
On screen image from Mike Scott’s podcast with yours truly.
I mention all this simply to provide background for the following. Back in the summer of 2016, during one such conversation, he invited me to be a guest on his then fledgling podcast. Much of the promotion for Lee Marvin Point Blank was behind me by that time and figured a boost in p.r. would be just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, when Mike sent me the link to the interview we did, I was of course grateful for the chance to be part of his show but was undeniably disappointed in the outcome. There were some technical glitches in which we both spoke at the same time, making the result practically inaudible. I told him as much and he promised to fix it.
Mike Scott, genial creator & host of the Great Scott Podcast.
Well, much time had passed and I naturally forgot all about it. He recently contacted me and let me know that his Great Scott Podcast was up, running, and doing well. When I inquired about our interview, he sent me the link again and asked me to check it out. It was as he said, ‘fixed’ with only some minor editing still needed, which he indeed took care of immediately.
Okay, all that said and done, I give you the Great Scott Podcast, featuring yours truly, author Dwayne Epstein. Enjoy….
Screen grab image from the 1981 interview with Charlie & Lee.
Charlie & Lee, as in Bronson & Marvin, worked together several times in their respective careers but I can’t recall ever seeing them interviewed together..that is until now. Apparently, a local news show out of Fort Worth, Texas on NBC 5 was lucky enough to capture them together back in 1981 as they promote Death Hunt. The interviewer was Bobbi Wygant and she did her homework enough to ask some fairly intelligent questions. Case in point, knowing that they both worked with such legends as Gary Cooper and Spencer Tracy early in their careers (Lee in Bad Day At Black Rock with Tracy and Charlie in Pat & Mike as well as The People Against O’Hara), she knowingly asked them to compare the two legends. Marvin was an old pro at such things as he often promoted his latest endeavors on talk shows. Bronson, on the other hand, hated being interviewed and it shows in the way he constantly fiddles with his microphone cord. It’s a shame really as he comes off as intelligent and insightful in his comments. Interestingly, the comments they both make about the location shooting of Death Hunt is in direct conflict to what costar Angie Dickinson told me in Lee Marvin Point Blank. She had talked to Lee about the beautiful locale and his daily response to her is definitely worth reading about. One other thing worth noting. Watch the entire clip below as you see Wygant do something after the interview that is akin to what William Hurt did in the movie Broadcast News (1987) that Albert Brooks discovers and upsets Holly Hunter when she finds out. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen the film but it’s certainly worth watching. Bronson and Marvin are still sitting there when Wygant does it which is quite bizarre. So watch below and enjoy!