Film & Water – Father’s Day Special



In this special Sunday episode of THE FILM AND WATER PODCAST, Rob welcomes his Dad to the show to talk about seeing movies in the 1930s and 40s, while serving in the Navy, and taking Rob and his sister to see all the major blockbusters of the 1970s and 80s.

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12 responses to “Film & Water – Father’s Day Special

  1. What a nice episode! I don’t think my dad ever took me to a movie so it’s nice to hear some nice father/son banter. You definitely do a F&W episode on Dawn Patrol! Also, I would recommend showing your dad Radio Days (1987). I think he’d like all the reminiscences of growing up in the pre-TV 1940s.

  2. Wow, that was a great episode. I an only hope my memories remain as sharp as your father’s as I get older! I loved that he bargained with you to get you to see Kramer vs. Kramer. I think my parents would have had to sweeten the deal with some Megos to get me to go. 😉

    Thanks for that Father’s Day treat!


  3. That was a wonderful episode! I could listen to your Dad for hours. I’d love to hear your Dad on an episode of MASH Cast where he could talk more about his time in the military.

  4. Love this episode as it echoes my own life.

    My Dad was born in 1935. Did a stint in the military, stationed in Germany. Installed in me a love of old movies from an early age when we would watch Jimmy Cagney Gangster movies on a local channel. His ‘you’ll want to see this, trust me’ was powerful then and I hope is powerful now when I say it to my own kids.

    And yes, I remember vividly going to see movies with him growing up – Close Encounters, Dino Delaurentis King Kong, and others.

    My Dad is my hero.

  5. Great episode! As far as inappropriate film-going experiences, my uncle was forced to take me to the drive-in when he was probably 17 and was like 7, so he and his buddy took me to the drive-in to see “Devil’s Rain!” I believe I saw Star Wars first at the drive-in, laying down on top of the station wagon next to my brother. Thanks to Rob and Mr. Kelly for this very fun episode.

  6. Thank you for the excellent Father’s Day tribute episode. It was particularly fun to hear you learn some new things about your dad, while you were talking about his time in the military.

    My dad didn’t take me to see too many movies in the theater, not because he didn’t like watching movies, but because he didn’t like paying so much to see them. The two I distinctly remember him taking me to see were Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Land Before Time.

  7. Thanks Rob and Rob’s Dad!
    I lost my father before he could bring me to any movies, but he left me a movie legacy anyway. A big book about Groucho and his movies, a book full of stills and written dialog from the films of W.C. Fields, an enormous book of all of the Laurel & Hardy movies…
    He never said, “read this,” or “watch this,” I found them from my own curiosity. Years later, my mom would tell me of how he and a friend would laugh themselves sick recalling scenes from “The Gold Rush” and other Chaplin films. I presume he would have only seen these pictures on TV, unless there were some early revival houses he would frequent in 1950s Washington, D.C.
    Thanks for making me think of this!

  8. Very nice episode, it’s great to hear your Dad (apologies if I missed his forename) talking about his life. My Dad used to drop me and Big Brother at Saturday morning movies in the Sixties at the local Miners’ Welfare Hall, so it was the likes of Jason and the Argonauts paired with ancient Flash Gordon serials and UK Children’s Film Foundation cheapies. Fun times! I don’t recall him ever taking me to the pictures, he’s a real homebird, but we’ve
    enjoyed many a film at home together.

  9. Just finished the episode this morning. Really great stuff!

    My father influenced my brother and I in many ways when it comes to entertainment, especially in the form of movies. My love of monsters of course came from my father (whose favorite film is King Kong), but my affection for all genre film from science fiction to Western to horror and everything in between is due to my father’s influence.

    Folks who enjoyed this episode may like my brother’s podcast, Bots, Bugs, and Babes: The B-Movie Podcast. My father is the semi-regular co-host and they talk about, as the title suggests, B-Movies.


  10. I really enjoyed this episode. It was great to hear how much your dad influenced your love of movies. That Stalag 17 memory was awesome to hear and how that really changed your outlook on movies. Some of my favourite movies are because I shared them with my parents (more my mom than my dad as she was the movie buff). I can remember two that me and my dad saw just by ourselves; Ducktales the Movie and Labyrinth. I think Labyrinth is one of my favourite movies for that reason, that I got to share it with my dad.

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