TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Ira Glasser

Season 04 | Episode 41

Ira Glasser

Former Head of ACLU

The former head of the ACLU discusses some of the movies – and sports legends – that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Mighty Ira (2020)
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
42 (2013)
Shane (1953)
Panic In The Streets (1950)
Last Year At Marienbad (1962)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
La Strada (1954)
Wild Strawberries (1957) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
The Virgin Spring (1960) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Last House On The Left (1972) – Darren Bousman’s trailer commentary
A Walk In The Sun (1945) – Glenn Erickson’s review
Paths Of Glory (1957) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary, John Landis’s trailer commentary
All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) – Ed Neumeier’s trailer commentary
Lonely Are The Brave (1962)
Casablanca (1942) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
On The Waterfront (1954) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
12 Angry Men (1957)
Inherit The Wind (1960)
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
Witness For The Prosecution (1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Verdict (1982)
Twelve Angry Men teleplay (1954)
The Front (1976)
Judgment At Nuremberg teleplay (1959)
My Favorite Year (1982) – Charlie Largent’s CineSavant review
A Little Romance (1979)
Before Sunrise (1995) – Glenn Erickson’s Before Trilogy review
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Midnight (2013)
Let Him Go (2020)

Other Notable Items

The mighty ACLU
Arthur Rubinstein 
Jackie Robinson
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Great Depression
World War II
Red Barber 
The Los Angeles (née Brooklyn) Dodgers
The New York Yankees
The San Francisco (née New York) Giants
Ebbets Field
Muhammad Ali
Ruby Dee
Rachel Robinson 
The Passion Play
Chadwick Boseman
Satchel Paige
Josh Gibson
Oscar Charleston
Willie Mays
Alan Ladd
Van Heflin 
Jean Arthur
Brandon deWilde 
Jack Palance 
The American Cinematheque
The Skokie, Illinois marches
Sarah Lawrence College
Alain Robbe-Grillet 
Italian Neorealism 
Ingmar Bergman
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Samuel Beckett 
Eugène Ionesco
Søren Kierkegaard
Kirk Douglas
John Ireland 
Huntz Hall 
Norman Lloyd
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Dalton Trumbo
Carroll O’Connor
Walter Matthau
Humphrey Bogart
Ingrid Bergman
We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Film book by Noah Isenberg (2017)
Claude Rains
Peter Lorre
Paul Newman
Charles Laughton
Marlena Dietrich
Henry Fonda
William F. Buckley
Newt Gingrich
Bob Cummings
Playhouse 90
Sidney Lumet
Lee J. Cobb
Zero Mostel
The New York Mets
The Man Who Brought The Dodgers Back To Brooklyn novel by David Ritz (1981)
Burt Lancaster
Spencer Tracy
Rod Serling
Sid Caesar
Your Show Of Shows TV show (1950-1954)
Carl Reiner
Imogene Coca
Jack Benny
Eddie Cantor
Henny Youngman 
Peter O’Toole
Joseph Bologna
Ten From Your Show Of Shows compilation (1973)
This Is Your Life TV show (1948-1961)
Candid Camera TV show (1948-2014)
Howard Morris
Marcel Proust 
The Honeymooners TV show (1955-1956)
I Love Lucy TV show (1951-1957)
All In The Family TV show (1971-1979)
Norman Lear
Laurence Olivier
Julie Delpy
Diane Lane
Kevin Costner

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.