Dec 14, 2016

Episode 12: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Ticklish Business celebrates Christmas with guest Elwood Jones. We sit down to talk the 1944 Judy Garland musical, Meet Me in St. Louis. During our discussion we talk about Margaret O'Brien, Esther Smith as a feminist icon, and what Katie the Maid did all day.

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NEXT EPISODE: A special guest and I will dicuss our 2016 classic film discoveries. Share yours via Twitter or email and I'll read them on the final episode of 2016. 


Dec 1, 2016

Episode 11: Noirvember - Top 3 Noirs

Guest co-host Craig Risinger and I list our top three favorite classic films noir.

As always you can listen via iTunes (feel free to leave a review or comment) or Stitcher Radio. Want to support Ticklish Business and get access to early/exclusive interviews or guest on a show? Consider donating to my Patreon page.

NEXT WEEK: Head over to my Twitter page (@TicklishBiz) and cast your vote for which Christmas film guest Richard Smethurst and I will be discussing.


Nov 23, 2016

Episode 10: Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Ticklish Business returns, honoring TCM's Star of the Month Natalie Wood. Guest Diana Bosch and I talk about Wood's transition from child to adult in 1961's Splendor in the Grass. I also read some of your favorite Natalie Wood movies.

Feel free to leave a review on iTunes! If you have movies, themes or stars you'd like me to discuss in future episodes drop me an email ( or send me a tweet (@Ticklish_Biz).

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

NEXT WEEK: Staying on schedule, Craig Risinger joins me to honor Noirvember as we share our top 3 films noir. 


Oct 31, 2016

Episode 9: Son of Frankenstein (1939)

A special Halloween release this week! 

Guest Todd Liebenow joins me again for a look at 1939's Son of Frankenstein. We talk about Karloff's less than impressive Creature, Bela Lugosi's Ygor and how much we love Donnie Dunagan! 


Don't hesitate to leave an iTunes review, if you enjoy what you're hearing. The podcast is very close to hitting 500 downloads! 


NEXT TIME: Guest Diana Bosch and I honor TCM's Star of the Month Natalie Wood and discuss 1961's Splendor in the Grass.

Oct 19, 2016

Episode 8: Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

In the first of my two-part look at the first three Universal Frankenstein films, guest host Todd Liebenow and I discuss James Whale's Monster, as played by Boris Karloff. We look at the film's subtext, how it worked in regards to the Hollywood Production Code, and more.

I know it sounds as if I didn't properly introduce the next episode, and that's because I didn't. The next regularly scheduled episode arrives on Halloween night as Todd returns to close out our two-part episode with 1939's Son of Frankenstein! 

Oct 12, 2016

Bonus Episode 3: Trailblazing Women Tribute - Interviews with Cari Beauchamp and Illeana Douglas

In honor of TCM's Trailblazing Women series I sit down with historian Cari Beauchamp and TCM host Illeana Douglas to discuss historical depictions of women, the industry today, and what TCM has up its sleeve for the series.

Cari Beauchamp's interview stars around the 49 second mark and lasts till 22:55. Illeana Douglas' interview runs from 22:05 till the end.

NEXT WEEK: Tickle-ween continues with a look at the Frankenstein series (a two-part episode!)


Oct 6, 2016

Episode 7: Diabolique (1955)

Tickle-ween kicks off with animator and writer Nia Alavezos talking with me about Henri-Georges Clouzet's French horror film Diabolique.

*Apologies for the rough quality of the interview. Halloween gremlins took our 30 minute conversation and left us with what we have.

As always, feel free to leave a comment or review on iTunes.

NEXT WEEK: Another minisode drops as I interview author Cari Beauchamp and TCM host Illeana Douglas in honor of TCM's Trailblazing Women.


Sep 28, 2016

Bonus Episode 2: Interview with William V. Madison

I sit down and talk to Madeline Kahn biographer William V. Madison about his new book Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life. We discuss Kahn's similarity to stars like Marilyn Monroe and Judy Holiday, Kahn's friendship with Gene Wilder and more.

Find More Information on Madison and his book on Facebook, at the book's official site, and at Madison's personal site.

NEXT WEEK: Guest Nia Alavezos joins me to celebrate Ticklish Biz-oween by spotlight director Henri Georges Clouzet's Diabolique and Le Corbeau


Sep 21, 2016

Episode 6: The Killing (1956)

This week I sit down with Jacob Haller to talk about Stanley Kubrick's 1956 film noir, The Killing. 

Send suggestions, questions and comments to Feel free to leave me a comment on iTunes and be sure to follow Ticklish Business on  Twitter, @Ticklish_Biz.


NEXT WEEK: You'll be getting a special minisode as I talk to Madeline Kahn biographer William V. Madison about his new biography on the comedienne.

Sep 7, 2016

Episode 5: Ben-Hur

After losing the first iteration of this conversation Rick Aragon returns to talk about the various incarnations of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, with an emphasis on comparing/contrasting the 1959 version with the recent 2016 remake.

*The audio for our interview wasn't ideal, but considering this was a second go at this conversation it's the best I can do. 


As always feel free to leave me an iTunes review. I'm also taking suggestions for upcoming films/themes/topics so send any and all suggestions to


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