Around The Barn with Heads Up Santa Clarita Horse Therapy
Date: December 14, 2013
Host Nancy Pitchford Zhe Co-Hosts Julie Pomilia and Bobbi Jean Bell with Mike Dowler on the Board
It’s All About GENE AUTRY with Guests HENRY C. PARKE and KARLA BUHLMAN
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Around The Barn – December 14, 2013
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What a fun time we have in the studio with guests Henry C. Parke and Karla Buhlman! Our topic is GENE AUTRY – his Christmas music, his film and TV career and more!
About Our Guests:
Henry C. Parke is the author of a terrific blog, Henry’s Western Round-up. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he’s been a screenwriter as long as he can remember. He wrote his first feature script when he was 13 – it didn’t sell – but in his last year at NYU Film School he co-wrote a car-crash thriller called SPEEDTRAP, which starred Joe Don Baker, Tyne Daley, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Loggia, Timothy Carey, Morgan Woodward, and Lana Wood. The same producer who made that film brought Henry to L.A. to write a disco roller-skating version of the classic French novel BEL AMI. It never got made, Henry never got paid, and he never went back to Brooklyn. Among his films since then, his favorite –at least in part because there were no other writers–is DOUBLE CROSS, a film noir starring Patrick Bergin, Kelly Preston and Jennifer Tilly.
Frustrated at always finding out about western events and film festivals just when they ended, about four years ago Henry created the website HENRY’S WESTERN ROUND-UP to be a central source for what’s happening in western film and TV production, and matters of related interest. Today the Round-up is regularly read in at least 96 countries.
A fan of good westerns, big and small, American and European, he’s become a particular champion of high quality, low-budget westerns, and has been embraced by that community- he’s been a guest on about a dozen western sets, and even did extra work on one.
Recently he had the pleasure of doing audio commentary with fellow western writer, (and past guest on “Around The Barn”), C. Courtney Joyner on two Lee Van Cleef westerns, THE GRAND DUEL from BLUE UNDERGROUND, and THE BIG GUNDOWN, which was released in Blu-Ray earlier this month (Dec. 2013) by GRINDHOUSE RELEASING.
Karla Buhlman is the President of Gene Autry Enterprises, and has been with the company for over two decades. Having worked with Gene for years, and having helped steer his company successfully since his passing, she has a unique perspective on Gene the businessman and his approach to the fields of radio, television, film making, recording, and performing live. Gene Autry was, not only a great entertainer, but a phenomenal businessman, who spotted trends and predicted changes in the entertainment business years before others did. He built an empire of not only movies and TV shows, but of radio and TV stations and baseball. (this intro is from an earlier interview Henry conducted with Karla. Read the whole interview here.) Today, she continues to create new products from Gene Autry’s recording and performing career including CDs and DVDs. Working alongside the staff at the Autry National Center, she’s involved with Gene Autry related public programming as well as designing Autry inspired merchandise offered exclusively through the Autry’s Museum Store.
Tune into the Podcast for lively conversation and great Christmas music! Hear the stories behind the songs. Enjoy an entertaining and enlightening dialogue between Henry and Karla about Gene’s TV shows including the brand new, just released, 15 DVD set of the Gene Autry TV Show, all 5 seasons, 91 episodes, 47 hours of great TV. Find it here.
Read Henry’s review of this boxed set in his newest blog, 12/15/2013 here!
In this fun hour we cover these topics and more!
*What was Henry Parke’s first job in ‘the business’?
*What prompted him to become interested in westerns? (hint – famous ‘Hanging Judge Parker’ had something to do with it!)
*What’s coming up on in the Round-up?
*What’s the best way to introduce old western films/TV shows to younger audiences today?
*How did Gene Autry prepare to move from the big screen to the smaller, TV screen?
*In what ways did Gene Autry embrace new technologies – always remaining on the cutting edge?
*How did the movie audience change after World War II? How did Gene adjust to the change?
*What set Gene’s productions apart from the productions of others like Roy and Hoppy?
*Was there a “5 minute fist fight rule” in early TV? Who did Gene swing at?
*What was the “real” relationship between the two famous singing cowboys – Gene Autry and Roy Rogers?
*What are the details behind the 15 DVD Boxed Set, The Complete Television Series, The Gene Autry Show, Seasons One Through Five?
*What’s the back story to the 1947 recording “Here Comes Santa Claus?”
*What are some of the other Christmas songs Gene recorded that are less known today, but still clamored for by his fan base?
*What’s the back story to the CD Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings
*How and where can our audience find out more! (see all links above)
PLAYLIST- All Gene Autry Christmas Music:
CDThe Original: Gene Autry Sings Rudolph The Red -Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Favorites
*Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
CDGene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings
*Here Comes Santa Claus
*Hard Rock, Coco, and Joe
*Thirty-Two Feet –Eight Little Tails
*Poppy The Puppy
12/21 Marvin O’Dell of the Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers calls in.
Enjoy Christmas music performed by top Western recording artists.
12/28 Mikki Daniel, Western Music Association 2013 Crescendo Award winner, calls in.
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