TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Yeardley Smith

Season 03 | Episode 50

Yeardley Smith

Actor / Podcaster

Yeardley Smith (iconic voice of Lisa Simpson and host of the podcast Small Town Dicks) joins Josh & Joe to discuss her favorite musical numbers from women.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Maximum Overdrive (1986)
The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
Gilda (1946)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Dreamgirls (2006)
Respect (2021)
Chicago (2002)
The Dot And The Line (1965)
West Side Story (1961)
On The Waterfront (1954)
Funny Girl (1968)
A Star Is Born (1954)
Gypsy (1993)
Divine Madness (1980)
8 ½ (1963)
Nine (2009) 

Other Notable Items

Stephen King
Dino De Laurentiis 
The Simpsons TV series (1989- ), quite possibly the greatest show of all time
Gunsmoke TV series (1955-1975)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet TV series (1952-1966)
Lisa Simpson
Harlan Ellison
Yeardley’s podcast Small Town Dicks 
Yeardley’s production company Paperclip, LTD
J.K. Simmons
Zoom TV series (1972)
Rita Hayworth
“Put The Blame On Mame” performance from Gilda
Jane Russell
Shirley Temple
Judy Garland
Katharine Hepburn
Ginger Rogers
Fred Astaire
Marilyn Monroe
Lee Strasberg
“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” performance from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
“Riff Off” performance from Pitch Perfect
The Finals performance from Pitch Perfect
Jennifer Hudson
“I Am Changing” performance from Dreamgirls
American Idol TV series (2002-2016, 2018- )
Danny Glover
Aretha Franklin
Viola Davis
Vincent van Gogh
Lady Gaga
Chicago stage play (1975)
A Chorus Line stage play (1975)
Ann Reinking 
Gwen Verdon 
Bob Fosse
Renée Zellweger
“Roxie” performance from Chicago
“Cell Block” performance from Chicago
Tom and Jerry
Chuck Jones
“America” performance from West Side Story
Rita Moreno
Jerome Robbins
Robert Wise
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story remake
The Tom Waits cover of “Somewhere”
Leonard Bernstein 
Barbara Streisand
“Don’t Rain On My Parade” performance from Funny Girl
“The Man That Got Away” performance from A Star Is Born
The Steven Canals podcast episode
Pose TV series (2018- )
Billy Porter
Bette Midler
“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” performance from Gypsy
Kate Hudson
“Cinema Italiano” performance from Nine
Penélope Cruz
Nicole Kidman

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.