The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show is unlike any movie reviewed by Out of Theaters to date. That’s because the film, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is always IN theaters somewhere. If you decide that now is the time for you to finally watch the movie then do make your best attempt to see it with an audience, or at the very least a large group of enthusiastic friends. It’s simply not designed to be watched alone on your couch.
This week’s podcast covers the Four Marx Brothers’ wackiest film: Duck Soup (1933). In Duck Soup, a wealthy woman refuses to give a country the financial aid it needs unless she gets to pick its next president. So, you know, exactly like politics today. The wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) be appointed leader of Freedonia. Firefly is appointed and promptly leads the country into war.
This week’s podcast covers the most famous talkie about talkies: Singin’ in the Rain, which depicts Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talking pictures. And, out of respect for the bygone silent film era, we leave an hour of dead air on the podcast. It’s our best episode yet! Singin’ is much more appreciated by contemporary critics (100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) than it was by audiences who first saw it in 1952, when it was released to modest success.