Episode 97: What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

Welcome to another episode of “A Few of Our Favorite Things,” with another movie based on raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens . . . which would be a lot weirder the other way around. Whiskers on roses . . . how would that even work . . .? Let me check . . . and yes, of course, there’s fan art on that very subject. Regardless, we’re going to be talking about one of Mike’s all-time most-groovy flicks, Peter Bogdonavich’s “What’s Up, Doc?” a throwback to the classic screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s. Starring Ryan O’Neil, and featuring the glorious Madeline Kahn’s first film role, this film also has . . . dang it, I know I’m forgetting somebody. Who else is in this? Austin Pendleton, yeah . . . Kenneth Mars . . . he’s in it, but that’s not who I’m thinking of . . . Oh right, some lady named Barbara . . . I want to say Steinman? Sonderland? Barbara Stressman? Heck, it’ll come to me; whoever she is, she has a heck of a voice. Too bad she went into acting; I bet she could have done okay as a singer. Well, I guess we’ll never know . . . or will we? Give a listen and see if we figure out whatever became of Barbara Summersand!

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3 thoughts on “Episode 97: What’s Up, Doc? (1972)”

  1. Have to make a correction: the red-headed delivery boy is Ryan’s brother Kevin, not his son. I know this because I knew Kevin and he told everyone. Many times.

    Also, Liam Dunn, Kenneth Mars and Madeline Kahn are in another little movie together – Young Frankenstein. Liam doesn’t have a huge part – he’s the subject who gets whacked in the nuts in the beginning. Kenneth Mars played the Inspector. You probably know who Madeline played.

    1. Another thing. Can’t believe you don’t know why she calls him Steve. It’s a direct reference to To Have and Have Not – Lauren Bacall’s character called Bogart’s Harry Steve. He called her Slim (her name was Marie). “You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve – just put your lips together and blow.”

      1. Ahh, thanks for the information! We’ve seen this movie tons of times, but there’s always more to learn. As always, thanks for listening! And say hi to Steve. 😀

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