TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Martin Short

Season 03 | Episode 46

Martin Short


OUR 100th GUEST! Comedy icon Martin Short joins us to discuss a few of the movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Innerspace (1987)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
On The Waterfront (1954)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Moby Dick (1956)
The Exorcist (1973)
King Kong (1933)
A History Of Violence (2005)
A Song To Remember (1945)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Oscar (1966)
Sleeper (1973)
Bananas (1971)
City Lights (1931)
September (1987)
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Kiss Me Stupid (1964)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)
The Bad And The Beautiful (1953)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Spartacus (1960)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
The Graduate (1967)
Klute (1971)
Blow-Up (1966)
Blow Out (1981)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Godfather Part III (1990)
Burn! (1970)
Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)
Grease 2 (1982)
The Conversation (1974)
Back To The Future (1985)

Other Notable Items

Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
SCTV TV series (1976-1984)
Ed Grimley
Corey Feldman
Chris Farley
Robin Williams
Dennis Quaid
Joe and Martin’s appearance on The Dennissance Podcast
Meg Ryan
Innerspace’s special effects Oscar
The Academy Awards
The 2016 Best Picture Oscar snafu
Warren Beatty
Faye Dunaway
The Palace Theatre in Hamilton, CA
Pop TV
Schitt’s Creek TV series (2015-2020)
Tonight Starring Jack Parr Show TV series (1957-1962)
Malcolm Muggeridge
Dick Van Dyke
Laurel and Hardy
Jerry Lewis
Abbott and Costello
The Marx Brothers
Harpo Marx
Cornel Wilde
Richard Chamberlain
Al Hirschfeld
Martin Scorsese
The Colgate Comedy Hour: Martin and Lewis (1951)
Martin and Lewis
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Martin’s “Scenes From An Idiot’s Marriage” SCTV sketch
Lucille Ball
Desi Arnez
Gregory Peck
Eugene Levy
John Candy
Charlie Chaplin
Woody Allen
Diane Keaton
Marshall McLuhan
George Raft
Pat O’Brien
Tony Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis
Humphrey Bogart
Rod Steiger
John Sturges’s Bad Day At Black Rock laserdisc commentary
Billy Wilder
Lana Turner
Kirk Douglas
Charles Laughton
Robert Mitchum
Lillian Gish
Shelley Winters
Richard Burton
Mike Nichols
Elizabeth Taylor
Haskell Wexler
Jack Warner
Burt Lancaster
The Today Show TV series (1952- )
Milton Berle
Donald Sutherland
Jane Fonda
Marlon Brando
Montgomery Clift
The New Yorker

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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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. 

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