STEVE RUBIN PODCAST

Steve Rubin, a fellow retro film fan, recently contacted me about being on his podcast entitled “Steve Rubin’s Saturday Night at The Movies” as he would be discussing The Professionals, starring one Lee Marvin. 

Poster art for THE PROFESSIONALS.


  I met Steve through the auspices of my work for Filmfax when Publisher Mike Stein assigned me to interview Steve when his Encyclopedia of The Twilight Zone was published. It went well which you can read here.
Steve also helped immeasurably with several projects i worked on and consequently, a friendship was born. Okay, fast forward a few months ago to when Steve contacted me out of the blue about a podcast he had launched concerning films he wanted to explore and discuss. Since he had read Lee Marvin Point Blank he thought I was a good choice for a guest, along with fellow film historian, Steve Mitchell. 
  And now a confession: I wrote down the day and time to call in and like a complete schmuck, I got the time wrong and called in a half hour late! That’s why when you listen you hear me come in at the 28 minute mark. Oy! That aside, I also sound a little manic in talking about the subject, but I can put that down to enthusiasm for the subject… I guess. 
 Oh, and one more confession. I have been Facebook friends with Steve Mitchell for some time and though I do know him, I had no idea what n impressive resume’ he has, from working for DC Comics (my favorite!) to the cult horror film Chopping Mall (1986). I am definitely going to be in further contact with him!
 As to Steve Rubin, he e-mailed and phoned me last week that the podcast is up and available for listening, which I finally did. Here’s Steve’s e-mail to me…
“STEVE RUBIN’S SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – Episode 2 of my podcast is now up and clickable. See link below. Writer Steve Mitchell joins us for a spirited discussion of his 1986 cult film, “Chopping Mall.” Author Dwayne Epstein then discusses the life and career of actor Lee Marvin, which he encapsulated in his marvelous biography “Lee Marvin: Point Blank.” Together, we all wade into a good conversation about one of our favorite Marvin films, 1966’s “The Professionals.” Enjoy.”

And so without further ado, I give you Steve Rubin’s podcast
 Dwayne Epstein

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FILMFAX, STEVE RUBIN, TWILIGHT ZONE, LEE MARVIN & ME

So, what do the Twilight Zone, Filmfax Magazine, author Steve Rubin, Lee Marvin and yours truly have in common? A simple phone call. Filmfax publisher/managing editor, Mike Stein, calls me up and asks if I’d be interested in doing an interview with Steve Rubin, author of The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia. It’s a trifecta in my mind since The Twilight Zone has always been one of my favorite shows, I’d get work in two issues in a row of the quarterly magazine and Steve Rubin is actually a friend of mine. How could I say no?

Filmfax #151 cover which includes my interview with author/friend Steve Rubin.

Turns out, Rubin is a wonderful person to interview as we are simpatico on several levels. He also has an impressive resume of other written work an is an independent producer of some quality films. Our talk drifted in many directions for that reason, but the core of the conversation, of course, was his wonderful new tome on The Twilight Zone. Do not let the term ‘encyclopedia’ leave you cold. It’s anything but a dry and uninteresting read like most encyclopedias. The format fits the word but the writing style certainly doesn’t. It’s chock full of great, fun facts that is quite accessible and undeniably addictive.

The cover of Steve Rubin’s new book, THE TWILIGHT ZONE ENCYCLOPEDIA.

How does Lee Marvin play into this? Well, in Lee Marvin Point Blank I devoted an entire chapter to Marvin’s TV work, discovering some gems along the way. As most fans know, Marvin appeared on The Twilight Zone in two great episodes. I didn’t write much about them but Steve certainly did. One of Marvin’s best performances was in the Richard Matheson penned episode, “Steel,” and Rubin enviously interviewed co-star Chuck Hicks!

The Twilight Encyclopedia’s entry of “Steel.”

Part 2 of Rubin’s entry on “Steel.”

All told, both the interview and the book are worthy reads. Below is my introduction to the interview, but don’t simply take my word for it. Check out Filmfax #151 for yourself at your nearest bookstore or newsstand. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
-Dwayne Epstein

Steve Rubin Filmfax interview introduction.

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STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF W/ A GIG: CLINT WALKER!

Happy new year faithful Lee Marvin Point Blank blog readers, and for yours truly, there’s no better way to start the new year than with a a new gig interviewing TV and movie legend Clint Walker! It proved to be another example of my Lee Marvin research turning into something more fortuitous.
The background story is rather interesting. I had interviewed the big fella back in the early days of my work on the book as he costarred with Marvin in The Dirty Dozen. Unfortunately, not all that great stories he related made the book, but hey, that’s where blogs come in handy.  I had then gotten back in touch with him fairly recently in hopes of getting his thoughts on working with Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen and then later in Bronson’s strange western/fantasy film, White Buffalo. As for the Bronson project, as Johnny Carson used to say, more to come.
Anyway, having done those two interviews with him, it occurred to me that the good folks who run Filmfax Magazine might be interested in a career-spanning interview with Walker. I contacted publisher Mike Stein about it and it was a go. I then contacted 90-year-old Clint Walker about it and he was slightly less enthusiastic. He was retired in Northern California with his wife and really didn’t want to have anything to do with the business any more, aside from the occasional memorabilia show. On top of that, he had recently suffered a fall and health-wise, he just wasn’t up to it. Well, it took no small amount of convincing by yours truly (as well as several schedule rearrangements!) and more than a little help from Facebook friend Deb Elsie, but eventually……

Filmfax cover for issue #150.

My interview with Clint Walker even made the cover. Seriously.
What’s that?
Don’t see it?
Well, look a little a closer in the top left corner there. Here, let me help…..

Top banner of FIlmfax, Dec.-Feb. 2018.

There, that’s better. Anyway, the interview indeed went well as Walker eventually opened up to talk about his many decades in the industry. I got him to tell great tales on such luminaries as Jack Warner, Cecil B. DeMille, Doris Day, The Bowery Boys, Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra, Arnold Schwarzenegger, even The Beatles! It’s the reason I love what I do.
I’m not going to post the article here, as it’s available in bookstores and newsstands everywhere. However, I can tease you a little to go out and buy a copy with this first page of the 8-page article….

Page 1 of my Filmfax interview with Clint Walker.

If  this teaser does want to make you go out and buy a copy of the magazine that publisher Mike Stein calls, “A five-ounce ton of intelligent fun,” then I humbly thank you.
By the way, if you like what you read, feel free to comment as the magazine really does print any and all letters to the editor. Honest! The contact info is:
FILMFAX MAGAZINE
Re: Edits 1320 Oakton St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Of course, if you didn’t care for the article, let’s just keep that to ourselves, shall we? I thank you and here’s to a happy and prosperous 2018!!
-Dwayne Epstein

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