Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Test Pilot




This Halloween, Digging Star Wars turns 2! And, to celebrate, we have a brand new episode exploring the connections between Victor Fleming's 1938 film Test Pilot and George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Our special guest Gaetan Pappalardo not only chats about these two films with me, but raises some interesting points on Star Wars action figures. Here's a shot of Gaetan - and an awesome Star Wars toy -  circa Christmas 1978...



If you're interested in picking Gaetan's book Louie Licks and the Wicked Snakes: Battleaxe, you can pick it up at Amazon.com.

Also in this episode: original music from my niece Rachel. Thanks for sharing your talents, Rachel!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Clip from "Test Pilot"

Our next episode of Digging Star Wars compares Victor Fleming's 1938 film Test Pilot - starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy - to George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. Here's a clip from Test Pilot - courtesy of TCM.com...



Test Pilot airs this Monday, October 8th at 11:30pm on Turner Classic Movies. We hope to record the "Test Pilot/Empire" DSW episode within the weeks to come...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Dying Breed Movie Club: Jerry Lewis - Parts I & II

Did you know that Jerry Lewis taught George Lucas in film school? How cool is that?!

To learn about this misunderstood filmmaker, listen to this insightful podcast on Mr. Lewis - hosted by my good friend Phil Congleton and starring several special guests including moi.

Here is Part I...



...and here is Part II...