Karina Longworth — author, film critic, and host of the award-winning Hollywood history podcast, “You Must Remember This” — joins Gilbert and Frank for a deep dive into a variety of fascinating topics, including: the reclusiveness of Dean Martin, the kinkiness of “The Black Cat,” the mysterious deaths of Thomas Ince and William Desmond Taylor, the curious friendship between Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi and the premiere of YMRT’s new season, “Erotic 80s.” Also, Orson Welles romances Eartha Kitt, Patton Oswalt portrays Boris Karloff, JFK turns his back on Sammy Davis Jr. and William Randolph Hearst “takes a shot” at Charlie Chaplin. PLUS: The genius of Polly Platt! The trials of Fatty Arbuckle! The “secret” life of Errol Flynn! The dark magic of Kenneth Anger! And Gilbert and Karina debate the talents of Lon Chaney Jr!
Vanity Fair editor and award-winning journalist Mark Seal, author of the sensational behind-the-scenes book, “Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli” joins Gilbert and Frank to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo’s 1972 mob masterpiece, “The Godfather.” Also in this episode: Burt Lancaster closes in, Vic Damone bows out, Marlon Brando pulls off a shocking transformation and the mafia takes offense at the word “mafia.” PLUS: The music of Nino Rota! The genius of Dick Smith! Gilbert roasts Abe Vigoda! Mark climbs into bed with Robert Evans! James Caan’s performance is inspired by…Don Rickles!? And Richard Castellano ad-libs one of the greatest lines in movie history!
Actor, comedian and director Frank Ferrante joins fellow “Marxists” Gilbert and Frank for a lively conversation about his affection for “A Day at the Races,” his decades-long friendships with Arthur and Miriam Marx, his upcoming PBS special, “Frank Ferrante’s Groucho” and portraying his comedy hero for three decades and in over 500 cities. Also, Uncle Miltie offers spit take lessons, Elaine Stritch does a kid a solid, Gilbert breaks bread with Henny Youngman and Albert Finney makes a play for Frank’s girlfriend. PLUS: Morrie Ryskind! Gallagher & Shean! “Horse Feathers” turns 90! Frank meets George Fenneman! Remembering Hal Holbrook! And the boys pick their favorite Marx Brothers scene of all time!
Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician and historian Michael Feinstein serenades Gilbert and Frank with classic tunes from the “Great American Songbook” and talks about performing at Hollywood parties, dining with Frank Sinatra, “accompanying” Judy Garland, befriending Rosemary Clooney and Ira Gershwin and recording his latest album “Gershwin Country.” Also, Paul Lynde gets plastered, Liberace morphs into Carol Channing, Irving Berlin begs Groucho not to perform his songs and Vincent Price carries on the memory of Dolores del Rio. PLUS: Bert Lahr! The music of Hugh Martin! The genius of Yip Harburg! Peter Lorre meets…Peter Lorre! Uncle Hymie inspires Inigo Montoya! And Michael favors the boys with “I Love a Piano” and “Lydia the Tattooed Lady”!
(Special thanks to Susan Madore, Mario Cantone and Land Romo)
Grammy-winning singer and recording artist Jack Jones joins Gilbert and Frank for a captivating conversation about headlining in the heyday of Vegas, touring Vietnam with Bob Hope, recording the theme from “The Love Boat” and working alongside his dad, matinee idol (and Marx Brothers co-star) Allan Jones. Also: Frank Sinatra plays Charades, Cesar Romero plays matchmaker, Gilbert shares his admiration for Fritz Feld and Jack shares the screen with Judy Garland, George Jessel, Jack Benny and Phil Silvers. PLUS: “Wives and Lovers”! “Playboy After Dark”! The comedy of Joe E. Lewis! The “charisma” of Ed Sullivan! And Jack reflects on his friendships with Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Don Rickles!