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Not Just Yesterday: The Roddy McDowall Podcast
82 minutes | 6 months ago
Fright Night: Parts 1 and 2
Happy Halloween everyone! For this year’s spooktacular program, I have chosen to discuss Roddy’s role as Peter Vincent from the Fright Night franchise; and to celebrate this marvelous endeavor, I am joined by my friend Albert Burdge who is my co host again after an almost two year absence! Who could ask for anything more? Hope you all have a safe and very happy Halloween!
54 minutes | 8 months ago
The Black Hole
Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. This episode marks the fourth edition of Not Just Yesterday’s annual celebration of Roddy’s birthday, and I cannot believe I have gotten this far with the show! FOUR of Roddy’s birthdays have passed since this show began in August of 2017 and the realization of how long NJY has been going just blows my mind! I’m so thrilled to have come so far, and in such a satisfactory way with this podcast, and from the bottom of my heart, to all of my listeners who have made this possible, Thank You! Now, I know you have been waiting for a long time for another episode to drop, so without further ado, here is episode 19 of Not Just Yesterday. In celebration of what would have been Roddy’s 92nd birthday, I present to you Walt Disney Pictures Sci-Fi Classic: “The Black Hole”
81 minutes | a year ago
Planet of the Apes Finale
Hello everyone! The final episode covering the Planet of the Apes franchise is finally here. If you are quarantined during this pandemic of Coronavirus, I hope you all are safe, well and will use this episode to stay entertained during your extended time indoors. Stay safe and keep smiling! ~Zoë
94 minutes | 2 years ago
“Cleopatra”/ Happy 91st Birthday, Roddy!
After two years of planning, extensive study of the film’s history, a slight case of obsession and a revamped format for the show, the infamous Cleopatra episode for Roddy’s birthday has finally come to fruition! It’s been a rough ride getting this show off the ground, but, as I say in the show, a good friend of mine once said “Things worth doing take time”; and this show was certainly no exception! Though the episode primarily focuses on Elizabeth Taylor, I know Roddy would be very pleased with the way it came out, and as the film was so very important to him, not only on a personal level but also professionally; I’m sure he would be thrilled to hear this episode were he alive and with us in the flesh today. However, though (in two weeks time) he will have left this mortal coil 21 years ago, he is still with us in spirit, and I’m sure he’s proud to see this day finally come. I hope you all enjoy Roddy’s special birthday episode, on “Cleopatra”. ~Zoe
128 minutes | 2 years ago
Lord Love a Duck
Lord Love a Duck: A phrase of British origin which is meant to convey shock or surprise in a situation where no other words or phrase will fit/a mildly inoffensive and appropriate term used to express surprise. The meaning of this phrase obviously fit the title of the film, who’s sole purpose was Protest with intent to offend. Lord Love a Duck was by no means a success at the box office, but it certainly was a hit with Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld fans, who decades after it’s box office failure, made it a cult classic. The love McDowall fans particularly have for this film runs deep, and this podcast will help explain why. Also, Zoe Interviews our special Roddy McDowall friend: Julie Carriker.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
Hans Brinker / Roddy Sings
Drawing depicting Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, by Dodge Stahl. Date unknown. Hello everyone! Today’s episode is a radio production featuring Roddy McDowall and Dean Stockwell. The programme which Roddy and Dean both appeared on in 1952, was “Hans Brinker” and it was produced by Family Theatre. Roddy narrated the production while Dean starred as the lead role of Hans. This is a favorite production of mine, not only because of Roddy’s beautiful narrative skills, but also because of Dean’s performance. Dean has always been very dear to me, and his friendship with Roddy has always been something that has given me immense joy. Hearing them work together in the same production is sheer delight for me and I hope you will all enjoy this radio production as much as I do. Following the Radio Programme, you will be treated to a musical interlude, where Roddy can be heard beautifully singing some songs which were recorded as part of the Lerner and Lowe tribute album in the 1960s. Featured in these recordings are Roddy’s other dear friend, Nancy Walker (Of McMillan and Wife fame) and popular recording artist of the 60s pop generation, Blossom Dearie. Her sweet gentle vocals really mesh beautifully with Roddy’s similar timbre, and their song “this is my holiday” is one of my very favorites. I hope you enjoy this episode of our podcast. Happy Belated Birthday to Dean Stockwell! Roddy and Dean Promo Shot for Compulsion on Broadway (1957)
89 minutes | 2 years ago
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Today Ruby and I discuss Jack Kerouac’s “The Subterraneans”, and the history behind it for today’s celebration of L.O.V.E and all it contains whether happy or sad. Hope you enjoy the show!
121 minutes | 2 years ago
A Look into Roddy’s Radio Career
In this 2 hour episode of Not Just Yesterday, two episodes of Lux Radio theatre are presented for your enjoyment, giving us a small peek into Roddy’s career as a voice actor in Radio. This episode does not have a trivia section and only features the two classic Radio programs “The Pied Piper” and “My Friend Flicka.”
131 minutes | 2 years ago
Cricket on the Hearth.
Christmastime is here again! This is Not Just Yesterday’s very first Christmas episode, and I am so excited to have a very special co-host on my show today! Hope you all enjoy the show, and have a marvelously Happy Christmas, and a blessed New Year!
128 minutes | 2 years ago
Inside Daisy Clover / Remembering Natalie Wood
Today, Not Just Yesterday: The Roddy McDowall Podcast remembers Roddy’s dear friend Natalie Wood on the 37th anniversary of her death. In 1965, after having received star power for the first time after West Side Story, Natalie Wood was given the opportunity to choose a film role she absolutely wanted more than anything, and she chose Inside Daisy Clover. Now allowed to exercise her powers of choice, she was allowed to choose who would direct the film, and who she wanted to be in the picture with her. Natalie chose Roddy McDowall to play Walter Baines, a very small part, but extremely greasy character, which Roddy seemed to enjoy playing immensely; Christopher Plummer as the sleazy studio mogul, Ruth Gordon as Daisy’s mother, and Robert Redford as her love interest. This film not only cultivated Natalie’s close friendship with Roddy, but created new lifelong friendships with Plummer, Redford, and Gordon, and would be marked forever as the beginning of new successes for all involved in the production. Though the film itself was intrinsically a flop, it’s backstory was very interesting, and therefore I couldn’t pass up bringing this story to life. I hope you enjoy “Inside Daisy Clover.” Post Script: To see Roddy’s home movies on Youtube via Luke Sacher’s channel, follow the link here I mention in the episode about a petition started by Rock Hudson’s cousin Susan Kimble to have Rock commemorated on a postage stamp by the United States Postal Service. As promised in the episode, here is the link where you can go to sign the petition. You can also find it on the Podcast’s facebook page Here are some more pictures from the production of Daisy Clover for your enjoyment.
43 minutes | 3 years ago
Night Gallery “The Cemetery”
*Ahem* Does anybody know where I can find the headless horseman? Roddy found his noggin! Happy Halloween everyone! This short episode today is just to whet your appetites for the frightening evening festivities ahead, and keep you company while your cauldrons bubble. Gather up your cozy duds, this episode is gonna give you the chills! I hope you enjoy this quick and creepy synopsis of Night Gallery, on today’s episode of Not Just Yesterday!
109 minutes | 3 years ago
Lassie Come Home (Happy Birthday Roddy!)
Today is a major milestone birthday for Roddy McDowall. Were he living, Roddy would be 90 years old today. In Celebration of this special birthday, I chose to discuss a film which was very dear to Roddy’s heart; Lassie Come Home (1943). In this film he met a young girl who would soon become his best friend for life, Elizabeth Taylor, and came to know and deeply love the dog who portrayed Lassie, and would continue to do so for several years after, Pal. The history in this film is important to our society even today, and teaches valuable lessons that can be universally appreciated, and the story still holds emotional significance, as it continues to touch the hearts of all who view it. I hope you enjoy this special episode of Not Just Yesterday: The Roddy McDowall Podcast.
76 minutes | 3 years ago
Battle for The Planet of the Apes
The Final Installment of the Planet of the Apes Saga, Battle for the Planet of the Apes was not truly the end, but only the beginning. Geared primarily towards an adolescent audience after Conquest of the Planet of the Apes shocked viewers due to it’s violent theme, Battle promised a world of peaceful serenity; until. . . . .The film signaled the end of the movies, but left possibility open for the soon to be born television series which would air in 1974, and also forced us to ponder one of life’s most important and still unanswered questions. This film just may be the most poignant of all in the apes franchise, and leaves us wanting more.
128 minutes | 3 years ago
Escape from/Conquest of The Planet of the Apes
In August of 2017, the very first episode of Not Just Yesterday: The Roddy McDowall Podcast, dropped on iTunes for the very first time. This episode, marks the 1 year anniversary of this show’s birth, and I’m so very excited to be able to share it with all of you today. One week ago, on August 24th, I embarked on the creation of this episode. It’s been a long week of preparation and perfecting, but finally the show is here and ready to be enjoyed by all! Escape From and Conquest of The Planet of the Apes have always been my very favorite films from the entire apes Saga, and this episode discusses both films together in the same show! This is definitely the longest show so far, but I think you will find it very enjoyable and refreshing, and I hope you will want to keep coming back and listening to it, because you’re in for an exciting ride! I hope you have your popcorn handy! Enjoy the show.
112 minutes | 3 years ago
The Ballad of Tam Lin
Hello everybody, I am back! and I have an exciting episode to share with you today. This episode discusses Roddy McDowall’s one and only directorial endeavor, his film: “The Ballad of Tam Lin”, aka The Devil’s Widow, AKA Games and Toys, etc, etc. This movie is one of the most obscure movies ever made, but it is a movie that must not be missed. Roddy’s creative vision for this film is absolutely staggering, and the love he poured into this movie is obvious in each and every gorgeously luscious shot! I hope you enjoy this episode of Not Just Yesterday. The photograph of Roddy and Ava taken on the set of The Ballad of Tam Lin (1969). Like the photo on Roddy’s vanity, this is also inscribed “Dear Roddy, Its obvious I love, trust, honor and obey you – I do. Love, Ava.” I described it incorrectly in the podcast, Roddy is shown here caressing her chin, not clutching her hands to his chest as I had originally said. Photograph taken by me June 15th, 2018. (Copyright Zoe Dean 2018) Roddy with Stephanie Beacham on the set of Tam Lin. Roddy Directing. A sweet moment between Ian and Ava. Le directeur. Roddy on set with his beloved Ava.
55 minutes | 3 years ago
Planet of the Apes
The promised surprise episode has come! I am joined in this episode by Albie Burdge, original host of The Quantum Leap Podcast, and fellow Barrenspace podcaster/POTA superfan; to embark on our upcoming 5 episode journey into the world of The Planet of the Apes. Covering the series from Roddy McDowall’s Perspective, this upcoming series of five episodes will be released throughout the remainder of 2018, beginning with this episode and moving into Roddy’s Directorial project “The Ballad of Tam Lin”, followed by the rest of the apes films. So sit back, grab your popcorn, and relax; and we hope you enjoy this episode of Not Just Yesterday: The Roddy McDowall Podcast!
75 minutes | 3 years ago
The Legend of Hell House
Horror fans, Rejoice! Your personal episode has come. I’m actually very excited about presenting this episode to you all, as it presented some very real challenges; and the creation of this episode was immensely rewarding for me. I discovered that a film I was always terrified of (because I’m a maaaajor coward and SO NOT a horror fan) was actually, very enjoyable! Though I’m definitely not a horror convert, this movie is one that I grew to appreciate in it’s complete form, and not just because of Roddy either. So for those of you who voted on this in the polls, thank you so much for this. I think this is going to be one of my very favorite episodes to date! I hope you all enjoy this journey into The Legend of Hell House. PS: Due to the adult themes of the film this episode is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Also: SPOILERS.
80 minutes | 3 years ago
Bonus Episode: Compulsion
On October 24th, 1957; Compulsion opened at the Belasco Theatre in New York City. Several weeks before, Roddy McDowall and Dean Stockwell; who had just been offered the roles of Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner, met one another for the very first time. During their long runs on the production, the two developed a strong friendship which lasted until Roddy’s death in 1998. Dean Stockwell is now 82 years old, retired, and living in New Zealand with his daughter Sophia. This bonus episode from “The Dean’s List Podcast” dedicated to Dean Stockwell; discusses first the film version of Compulsion, and then the Broadway play. I hope you enjoy this fun history on an iconic production.
33 minutes | 3 years ago
Columbo: Short Fuse
“And we’ll have fun fun fun, til your nephew blows you up in your car.” Okay I know that was corny, but you try coming up with something cute on the spot like that, it ain’t easy! (Unless you’re Bob Hope. . . But I digress. . . ) For this episode, we have a brief summary discussion of Roddy’s guest appearance as the murderer Roger Stanford in Columbo, Season 1 episode 6: Short Fuse. “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a bumpy night!”
103 minutes | 3 years ago
Happy Birthday Roddy!
It’s a wonderful day in Podcast land, as today is the day to PAR-TAY! If he were alive today, Roddy McDowall would have been 89 years old, and in celebration of his birthday and the amazing legacy he left behind, I put together a very special podcast in his honor. In this, the second episode of Not Just Yesterday: The Roddy McDowall Podcast; we pay homage to the man who is loved more than anyone else in his profession, and celebrate Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall himself. Many wonderful surprises are in store for our birthday celebration, such as a visit from special guest Julie Carriker, who has been a loyal Roddy fan since 1972; and a reading of Roddy’s biography (which was co-written by Julie.) I Hope you enjoy this exciting episode!
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