Video Appearances and Podcasts

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The Extras: Blood on the Moon

Author Alan K. Rode joins Tim Millard’s podcast to discuss his new book BLOOD ON THE MOON, a detailed look at the making of the 1948 western. The discussion takes a deep dive into how this film is a prime example of a noir western, which was a movement in westerns toward realism after World War II.

Alan provides background on star Robert Mitchum and why he was a perfect fit for this noir western style. Tim and Alan also discuss the great director Robert Wise, cinematographer Nicolas Musuraca and the other members of the production team. And then in turn they discuss stars Robert Preston, Barbara Bel Geddes, Phyllis Thaxter, Walter Brennan, and Charles McGraw. The podcast ends with an update from George Feltenstein of the Warner Archive, as to why the film never received a DVD release, and the work that went into bringing it out on Blu-ray in early 2020.

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How the West Was 'Cast

Blood on the Moon (1948) – Andrew Patrick Nelson and Matthew Chernov interview Film Scholar Alan K. Rode

The gripping story of a down-and-out cowhand who becomes ensnared in a complex scheme to dupe a local rancher out of a fortune, the moody 1948 film Blood on the Moon combines the mythic milieu of the Hollywood Western with the dark psychological themes of a classic noir. On this engaging episode, Andrew Patrick Nelson chats with acclaimed author, biographer and film noir expert Alan K. Rode, whose latest book – titled Blood on the Moon – offers a fascinating analysis of this influential Western.

George Feltenstein, Alan K. Rode -- Casablanca.

The Extras PODCAST: George Feltenstein, Alan K. Rode

PODCAST: Dick Dinman and Alan K. Rode Salute The Blu-ray Restoration Of 3 Rare Classic Films!

Two rare film classics virtually thought lost (REPEAT PERFORMANCE and THE WHISTLE AT EATON FALLS) have been beautifully restored on Blu-ray by Flicker Alley and Flicker Fusion respectively and MVD Visual has just released an incredible restoration of Lewis Milestone’s certifiable WW2
classic A WALK IN THE SUN which also includes a superb documentary produced by producer/host Dick Dinman’s distinguished guest Film Noir Foundation Charter Director Alan K. Rode.

Victoria Riskin, Alan K. Rode, and William Wellman, Jr

Growing Up Hollywood: Alan K. Rode Interviews Victoria Riskin + William Wellman Jr.

Classic Movie Hub and the University Press of Kentucky, with co-host Citizen Screen, present the first event in the Screen Classics Discussion Series, ‘Growing Up Hollywood.’ Author Alan Rode (“Michael Curtiz: A Life In Film”) speaks with two children of Hollywood legends who are also successful biographers of their parents: Victoria Riskin, author of “Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir, ” and William Wellman, Jr., the author of “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel.” Recorded April 5, 2021.

Alan K. Rode and Scott Eyman

Interview with Scott Eyman

Alan K. Rode interviews noted American author and former book editor and art critic of The Palm Beach Post, Scott Eyman. Recorded on December 12, 2020.


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Blu-ray Discs

Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases.

Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that he co-founded with filmmakers Steven C. Smith and Patrick Francis.

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