DIRTY DOZEN PODCAST

Dirty Dozen (1967) podcast came as a well-timed pleasant surprise. It proved to be the brainchild of the versatile Steve Rubin, a writer, director, producer and yes, podcaster extraordinaire. After having done a previous podcast a while ago, Rubin contacted  yours truly to ask if I’d be willing to do it again in which the subject would be a Dirty Dozen podcast to be done along with film historian and screenwriter Steve Mitchell (Chopping Mall-1986). Of course I said yes. 

Montage of images from The Dirty Dozen.


    I got to know Steve Rubin through the auspices of FIlmfax magazine. Publisher Mike Stein asked if I’d like to an interview Rubin following his publication of The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia which turned out pretty good. We would talk periodically and help each other with research projects as he invited to me to join him and Stave Mitchell on a previous podcast. There were a few false starts but eventually it came to pass and despite my overt enthusiasm, I think it came off rather well.
     The latest installment of Rubin’s “Saturday Night at The Movies” podcast is available for listening now and I think it also came off rather well. We ran the gamut in discussing Robert Aldrich’s classic, covering everything from its flaws, its cast, screenplay, and its lasting impact. I especially enjoyed talking about the contributions of Ken Hyman,  Bob Phillips, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown and Telly Savalas. I come off a little too much like a hyperactive fanyboy, as usual, but the points are all well made. Luckily, I not only got to share thoughts of from Lee Marvin Point Blank but also hint at what will be included in next year’s publication of my book dedicated to The Dirty Dozen entitled Killin’ Generals by Kensington Publishing. So, give a listen here and feel free comment, criticize or what have you. In other words, enjoy!

Pop culture podcaster, Steve Rubin


– Dwayne Epstein

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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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IN THE NEWS

In The News, the title of short little updates on current events between Saturday morning cartoons (remember those?) on CBS and hosted by Christopher Glenn in the late 1970s, was an interesting addition to the animated line-up. It’s now become a regular feature for yours truly as I troll the internet for interesting possible subject matter regarding Lee Marvin. 

  Granted, I’ve been able to maintain this blog for several years based mainly on the exclusive info I garnered researching Lee Marvin Point Blank, and it’s been fascinating to do so. However, every now and again, I run out of ideas and do indeed, troll the ‘net, only discover tidbits I was not aware of previously. 

Example: I came across an article on the Psychology Today website in which the learned author deals with the question, can someone really be scared to death? He answers the query (minus a plethora of medical jargon) and adds a favorite tale of his in which he goes into great detail. The article can be read here as I was impressed with how much the episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “The Grave” influenced author Troy Rondinone, Ph.D. even though it aired way back in 1961.

Conny Miller (Lee Marvin) considers the bet made by Steinhart (Lee Van Cleef) with a Bowie knife.

Conny Miller confronted by Pinto Sykes sister Ione (Ellen Willard) in “The Grave.”

 



Starring Lee Marvin (natch!) and a terrific supporting cast, the old west version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” obviously still resonates with some folks, despite the weak denouement. 


It’s still a wonderfully erie and well-produced episode despite the ending and is worth re-viewing every time it airs.
By the way, the images from the episode seen here are from author Steve Rubin’s wonderful book, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia, which I highly recommend.

Also in the news, and surprisingly so, is an article in last month’s Chicago Magazine website citing “M Squad” as the best show ever aired about the famed Windy City, which can be read here

Lee Marvin as Lt. Frank Ballinger in front of a Chicago map on M SQUAD.


   And speaking of Chicago, another Op-Ed article in the news, this time in the Chicago Tribune’s site, makes the same pronouncement regarding several films that came out this year not really being able to be as good as Marvin’s earlier efforts, among others.



For a man who’s been dead more than three decades, it’s quite heartening to see that he’s still very much with us…..in the news. 

* Dwayne Epstein

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