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David Fantle & Tom Johnson - Hollywood's Heyday

Check Your Brain

In the days before Twitter and Instagram, fans would have to pen a personal letter to their favorite celebrity, stamp it, send it through the postal service, and MAYBE said celeb has a chance at reading it, AND THEN the opportunity a response will be sent is quite minuscule. David Fantle and Tom Johnson were so obsessed with the golden age of Hollywood that, as teenagers, they flew all over the country to interview and soak in their favorite actors on the stage and screen. They put those interviews to print in the book Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends. They spoke with Check Your Brain's Tony Mazur on meeting these larger-than-life figures such as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and James Cagney, and they compared eras of film and television to today. Make sure you pick up a copy of Hollywood Heyday: https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Heyday-Candid-Interviews-Legends/dp/1476668051 Follow Tony on his various social media platforms: Twitter - @TonyMazur Instagram - @tmaze25 Cover art for the Check Your Brain podcast is by Eric C. Fischer. If you need terrific graphic design work done, contact Eric at illstr8r@gmail.com.

1hr 10mins

17 Mar 2021

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Part 2 I talk to Tom Johnson and David Fantle on their fabulous book Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews With Golden Age Legends..Fred Astaire started it all

True Stories Of Tinseltown

Tom and David join me once again. WE did an interview about a year ago and we talked about some of their interviews, but there were so many legends and so little time. WE discuss the wonderful chutzpah of youth. Both were fresh out of High school in Minnesota, had written fan letters to Fred Astaire. Fred Invited them to interview him. Armed with their trusty pen and paper and two groovy 70's polyester suits It was Hollywood he we come. WE talk Lucy, Ted Knight, grumpy Uncle Fester, Jaqueline Bisett and her famous tee shirt scene, my boyfriend Ed ASner, Gene Kelly, Robert Wagner..Please call me R.J...and so many more. Find out who there fave interviews were with. The book is a great read with wonderful insight. It all started with Fred..If Fred Talked to you, you must be OK. Lots of great stories. Thanks so much to Tom and Dave. Some of the audio is a little weird as we were all in different places. My editor tried to get the sound more balanced. Please check out their book. I highly recommend. They make some really funny observations.  https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Heyday-Candid-Interviews-Legends-ebook/dp/B07C1F2J3C/ref=sr_1_1?crid=347ECWKB0XSMX&keywords=hollywood+heyday&qid=1575565475&s=books&sprefix=Hollywood+Heyday%2Cstripbooks%2C132&sr=1-1 Thanks so much to my listeners. You all are the best.  Grace xoxo www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889 https://player.fm/series/true-stories-of-tinseltown-2362100 Its also on Spreaker, YouTube, pocket podcasts, listen notes, you tube and anywhere podcasts are played. Please come join my Facebook page book page. Lots of new content almost daily. It's a fun page. www.Facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown Lots of new content almost daily I also have a true stories Facebook group, where you can post your own classic Hollywood thoughts or pics. I'm on pinterest and Tumblr as well. 

38mins

5 Dec 2019

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Part 1 I talk to Tom Johnson and David Fantle on their fabulous book Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews With Golden Age Legends..Fred Astaire started it all

True Stories Of Tinseltown

Tom and David join me once again. WE did an interview about a year ago and we talked about some of their interviews, but there were so many legends and so little time. WE discuss the wonderful chutzpah of youth. Both were fresh out of High school in Minnesota, had written fan letters to Fred Astaire. Fred Invited them to interview him. Armed with their trusty pen and paper and two groovy 70's polyester suits It was Hollywood he we come. WE talk Lucy, Ted Knight, grumpy Uncle Fester, Jaqueline Bisett and her famous tee shirt scene, my boyfriend Ed ASner, Gene Kelly, Robert Wagner..Please call me R.J...and so many more. Find out who there fave interviews were with. The book is a great read with wonderful insight. It all started with Fred..If Fred Talked to you, you must be OK. Lots of great stories. Thanks so much to Tom and Dave. Some of the audio is a little weird as we were all in different places. My editor tried to get the sound more balanced. Please check out their book. I highly recommend. They make some really funny observations.  https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Heyday-Candid-Interviews-Legends-ebook/dp/B07C1F2J3C/ref=sr_1_1?crid=347ECWKB0XSMX&keywords=hollywood+heyday&qid=1575565475&s=books&sprefix=Hollywood+Heyday%2Cstripbooks%2C132&sr=1-1 Thanks so much to my listeners. You all are the best.  Grace xoxo www.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.com https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889 https://player.fm/series/true-stories-of-tinseltown-2362100 Its also on Spreaker, YouTube, pocket podcasts, listen notes, you tube and anywhere podcasts are played. Please come join my Facebook page book page. Lots of new content almost daily. It's a fun page. Facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltown Lots of new content almost daily I also have a true stories Facebook group, where you can post your own classic Hollywood thoughts or pics. I'm on pinterest and Tumblr as well. 

40mins

5 Dec 2019

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I talk to David Fantle and Tom Johnson about their wonderful book Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends. Fred Astaire started them off

True Stories Of Tinseltown

I had so much fun talking to David and Tom. They were absolutely adorable. They were a couple teenagers from the midwest that saw the film "Thats Entertainment" and they became fans of all things classic Hollywood. They decided to write the classic stars for interviews. Much to their delight they heard back from Fred Astaire and an interview was set up. They were 18 years old and fresh out of high school. They had to get the money together to fly to L.A.. They got the tickets and decked out in their new suits they were off. They were too young to drive in CA. so they found a cheapo motel that was close enough to Freds to walk and boom, there they were with their idol Fred. Fred was kind, charming, funny and they loved him. Fred opened the doors for talking to other greats"Fred talked to you, I guess its OK." They have wonderful stories on Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen and his then wife Yvette Mimieux, Gregory Peck (swoon), Tippi Hedren, Tan Man George Hamilton, Charlton Heston, Angie Dickinson, Lucille Ball, Andre Previn, Jimmy Cagney, Mickey Rooney, a Hilarios story about lunch with Virginia Mayo and a three hour talk with RJ, alias Robert Wagner. He dished and dished. I'm sure they didn't tell me everything. There are so many interviews we did not get to, like fifty. The book is a joy to read. You will love David and Tom. They also did the last interviews of Stanley Donen, Andre Previn and Mike Connors. I highly recommend the book. It's a must read for classic movie fans. Thanks so much for Dave and Tom for coming on the show. PS Tom, you don't look like Art Carney..Mostly thanks to the listeners. I have more great guests coming up.Love,GracexoxoHeres a link to Tom and Daves book.https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Heyday-Candid-Interviews-Legends/dp/1476668051/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=David+Fantle&qid=1552303613&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorrPlease like and follow my facebook pagewww.facebook.com/truestoriesoftinseltownwww.truestoriesoftinseltown.comwww.truestoriesoftinseltown.podbean.comwww.pinterest/truestoriesoftinseltownyou can hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify, pod bean, I heart radio, youtube and lots of other places even I don't know about. 

55mins

11 Mar 2019

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Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

Gilbert and Frank welcome authors-journalists David Fantle and Tom Johnson, who discuss their compelling book of celebrity interviews, "Hollywood Heyday," and recall their (often hilarious) adventures with Fred Astaire, George Burns, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Zeppo Marx, Mickey Rooney and Rod Steiger (to name a few). Also, Milton Berle works blue, Jerry Lewis skips town, Jack Carter disses Johnny Carson and Frank Capra sees the Mississippi River. PLUS: Jules White loads his gun! Uncle Fester eats an omelet! Don Rickles pranks Clark Gable! The return of Swain's Rats & Cats! And George Jessel meets the Happy Hooker! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 32mins

5 Nov 2018