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Brandon Davis

"Classics" Host | Front Row Network

Brandon Davis is the host of Classics and Zone-i-Sodes on the Front Row Network. A true fan of cinema history, Brandon holds the distinction of being the official film historian of the Network.

  • Front Row Classics is celebrating 100 episodes! We're incredibly grateful to our listeners for embracing us and supporting our efforts in keeping classic film alive.Brandon and Eric are also celebrating the 60th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. This legendary film is beloved by multiple generations thanks to its lessons of love and empathy. We're thrilled to be joined by Scout herself, Mary Badham. Mary graciously recounts her memories of filming as well as her co-stars, including Gregory Peck who she still refers to as "Atticus." We also discuss her feelings on the film's lasting legacy.
  • Front Row Classics kicks off 2022 with a visit from one of the most renowned and trusted voices in the film community. Brandon is thrilled to welcome Leonard Maltin to the podcast. Mr. Maltin discusses his new book, "Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood". The interview covers his many interactions with both legendary and lesser known entertainment figures. We also discuss his early days as a critic and interviewer along with his tenure teaching USC's popular film studies course. This is definitely a conversation that any film lover will enjoy."Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood" is available wherever books are sold from GoodKnight Books.
  • Front Row Classics celebrates the holiday season with some of the most festive movies from the last century. Brandon welcomes back celebrated film historian and author, Jeremy Arnold to discuss his book, "Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season." The book covers classic holiday films from the thirties through the early 2000s. Brandon and Jeremy discuss behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes from many well-known yuletide favorites. The interview also spotlights some unknown or unusual picks that may inspire you to give them a view this December.
  • Front Row Classics welcomes bestselling author Scott Eyman to the podcast this week. Eyman is one of the premier writers on the subject of classic Hollywood. Brandon sits down to discuss Scott's newest book, "20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio". The book covers the entire history of the studio and its founders. The conversation between Brandon and Scott covers the highlights of the studio's history and the many personalities that gave Fox its unique identity. It's an informative hour that will surely inspire you to go back and rediscover the 20th Century Fox catalog.
  • Front Row Classics celebrates Veterans Day with a special interview. Brandon welcomes award-winning journalist Christian Blauvelt to discuss the time Hollywood helped win World War II.
  • Front Row Classics kicks off November with a special conversation. Brandon recently had the pleasure of speaking with George Stevens Jr. Mr. Stevens is the son of legendary director, George Stevens and forged his own way by becoming one of the premier champions of film and the arts. He is the founder of the American Film Institute, which has helped to advance the art of film for over 50 years. Stevens was also one of the driving forces behind the Kennedy Center Honors, which has become a national tradition. We also discuss Stevens's career as a producer and author, including a preview of his memoir, which will be released in May. Join Brandon as he sits down for an hour with this true hero of film.
  • Front Row Classics ends the month of September with a very special conversation. Brandon is honored to spend some time with the incredible Lucie Arnaz. The interview covers a breadth of topics including Arnaz's career as an actress, singer, Broadway and nightclub performer, award-winning producer and business woman. Lucie also shares personal memories of her legendary parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. We also touch on the upcoming 70th anniversary of "I Love Lucy." Many special Lucy projects are also coming down the pipeline and Lucie generously provides insight on several.For more information on Lucie's upcoming performance dates, visit LucieArnaz.com. You can also find the Let's Talk to Lucy podcasts on your favorite podcast app.
  • Front Row Classics kicks off September with a very special interview. Brandon and Eric welcome Natasha Gregson Wagner to the Front Row. Natasha is the daughter of Natalie Wood and stepdaughter of Robert Wagner. She has written a beautiful memoir about life with and without her mother called "More than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood."
  • Front Row Classics is about to take you on a journey through "Dark City" this week. We're thrilled to welcome back the "Czar of Noir" himself, Eddie Muller, to discuss one of our favorite genres. Eddie has recently released a revised and expanded edition of his book, "Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir." The book covers the various destinations and colorful characters one comes across when traveling through the world of Noir. Brandon and Eric are thrilled to discuss many of Noir's famous & infamous people and places with one of the genre's foremost experts.
  • An interview with Burt Ward