Cinema Sounds & Secrets

Cinema Sounds & Secrets

Hosted by screenwriter Janet Dulin Jones and actor John Schwab, this podcast takes you on an exciting & revealing journey through the great films of over 118 years of cinema with stories, fun facts, celebrity interviews, memorable film scenes, quotes and classic songs. We’ll pull back the curtain to reveal behind the scenes secrets and stories on how the best movies came to be – comedies, dramas, thrillers, mysteries, action movies, silent movies, animation, musicals, romances, bromances, grimances – you name it – we’ll talk about it. You’ll hear fantastic trivia about your favorite movies and learn about great films from the 20th and 21st centuries you’ve never seen – but will see after hearing our podcast. Subscribe to Cinema Sounds & Secrets and learn everything you ever wanted to know about movies but had no one to ask!


April 20, 2024 18 mins

In this week's tribute episode, Janet and John discuss the wonderful Louise Fletcher. Probably most well known for her role in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Fletcher has made her mark in the world of cinema as Nurse Ratched and through other films and television. Born in 1934, Fletcher first acted in projects at the end of 50's like Lawman and Maverick. After winning the Oscar for Cuckoo's, Fletcher went on to act in ot...

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Welcome to another Tribute episode for CSS! Today we discuss a true legend; Harry Belafonte was an American singer, actor and activist, who popularized calypso music with international audiences in the 1950s. Belafonte is one of the few performers to have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT), although he won the Oscar in a non-competitive category. Join Janet and John in another moving tribute to a legend!

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April 5, 2024 24 mins

This week's tribute focues on one Treat Williams! Probably best known from his 1979 films, the musical Hair and Steven Spielberg's 1941, the actor extrodinare also had a lengthy and long career with films like Once Upon a Time in America, the Late Shift, and 127 Hours. With over 60 acting credits to his name over his career and a lengthy list of nomations (three Golden Globe Awards, two Satellite Awards, and an Indepen...

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April 1, 2024 20 mins

Encore! Encore! - This week we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes from the last year: our  tribute to Angela Lansbury. At the age of 86, she’s an inadvertent role model for how to live one’s later years with absolute imagination and style.

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There’s noir and then there Noir.  Today we discuss two films that are at the top of the list of "The Greats" – both featuring scorned women. One is an unflinching look at stardom, the cruelty of celebrity, the hell of being an aging actress and the clamor for fame. The other? Lust, money and an inconvenient husband has our lead actress portraying one of the baddest female baddies ever in a movie. Come with us on this journey while...

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March 15, 2024 2 mins

Welcome to Cinema Sounds & Secrets, a podcast that is over two years in the making. We bring you the secrets, sounds, and fab facts about some of the greatest movies ever made over the past 120 years. Tune in every week for a new episode, and visit the Cinema Sounds & Secrets website for more information. 

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March 8, 2024 24 mins

Welcome to another Tribute episode of Cinema Sounds & Secrets! This week we focus on the work and the life of Walter Mirisch, the acclaimed American film producer. Probably most known for being the Producer of Best Picture Winner, In the Heat of the Night (1960), Mirisch was a force on the American film making stage. After starting his own production company at age 29, he went on to produce other acclaimed films like Witchita (1955...

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March 1, 2024 27 mins

Welcome to another Tribute episode of Cinema Sounds & Secrets! This week we pay homage to Peter Bogdonavich, acclaimed actor, writer, and among other things -- film historian! His love of film started young, reviewing every movie he saw on a small note card. Bogdonavich is remembered for his projects like Paper Moon (1973) and The Last Picture Show (1971), as well as a reoccouring role on The Sopranos. His influence and inspiration...

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February 23, 2024 20 mins

Welcome to another CSS Tribute episode. 

If Michael Gambon is known for one role, then it's most likely for the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter Franchise of films. Playing the character for a total of 6 films, he was able to fill the minds and hearts of many who watched the films over the years. An Irish-born actor, he drew admiration from his other stage and screen work to both audiences and peers, from age 19 to 82. ...

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February 15, 2024 44 mins

Airplane (1980) & Groundhog Day (1993)


Our films this week are here to make you laugh out loud. One turns the phrase “the friendly skies” on it's head, it's back, and it's side -- then tosses everything into a blender for a puree of absolute mayhem. Our other comedy takes us through a ten year, never-ending nightmare in the course of two hours. The film does it so perfectly that you’ll watch the film again to take in all the come...

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February 1, 2024 31 mins
Welcome to another CSS Tributes Episode, focusing on the one and only Alan Arkin. The New York Times described Arkin as a "comic actor with a serious side", which can be seen in his depth of movies and television. From Little Miss Sunshine, to Argo, to The Kominsky Method, Arkin wracked up nominations and praise throughout the course of his career. In addition to acting, he found a love of writing and directing. Tune into the episo...

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January 18, 2024 25 mins

Welcome to another CSS Tribute episode!

Matthew Perry is probably most well known for his leading role as Chandler Bing on the show Friends, which ran for a decade (1994-2004) to millions of viewers. Universally adorded, Perry started in stand up comedy, quickly transitioning to film and television by the late eighties. After gaining a massive audience with Friends, he went onto star in shows and cinema alike with roles in projects...

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January 11, 2024 41 mins

Way Out West (1937) & The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Like a hand in a glove, a dog with a bone, and a spoke in a wheel... our first film features a comedy duo unlike any other. They were the perfect fit - spanning vaudeville, silent movies, the talkies, and even television. Their pairing in a classic Western comedy has one of our favorite musical dance scenes ever. Our other "way out west" western takes a Ja...

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January 4, 2024 24 mins

Welcome to another CSS Tribute episode! This tribute is for Tina Turner:

This St. Louis nightclub singer-turned "Queen of Rock" toured the world, playing alongside top-billed performers such as Mick Jagger and Bryan Adams. Turner won 8 Grammy's, was nominated for 25, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. 

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December 7, 2023 8 mins

Inspiration for today's mini-sode is one of the most iconic, legendary goddesses of film, stage, and cabaret who ever lived. The Blue Angel, The Scarlett Empress, Lola Lola, and The Blonde Venus - in other words…the woman who graces our logo!

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November 30, 2023 20 mins

Welcome to another Cinema Sounds & Secrets tribute! This tribute is for Julian Sands:

He made his screen debut in an episode of BBC’s anthology series ‘Play for Today’. A year later, he had his cinematic debut in the indie comedy ‘Privates on Parade’. In 1984, Sands landed his breakthrough role of Gerald in the television miniseries ‘The Sun Also Rises’.

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November 23, 2023 22 mins

Robbie Coltrane once said, “I sometimes worry that all the beautiful things have been made.”

One of his first memorable roles in a film was in Nuns on the Run in 1990. Eventually, he would land a supporting role in the James Bond franchise that featured Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007. He appeared in both Goldeneye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). His biggest break yet came when he was cast as Hagrid, the gentle half-giant, i...

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October 25, 2023 46 mins

The More the Merrier (1943) & Annie Hall (1977)

"You make me want to be a better man." Melvin Udall

Two classic romantic comedy-dramas from two great directors thirty years apart, both get to the heart of the bumpy road to love; one taking place in  Washington D.C. in WW II where a person would find it hard to find a place to rest his head – let alone the perfect mate, the other happens in the...

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October 18, 2023 24 mins

Welcome to another Cinema Sounds and Secrets tribute episode! Today's tribute is for Olivia de Haviland:

From Gone with the Wind to The Dark Mirror, The Heiress , The Strawberry Blonde, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, The Snake Pit, Robin Hood 1938 , Captain Blood, Olivia de Haviland was one of the greats in the golden age of Hollywood through into the 21st Century! She appeared in 49 feature films and was one of the leadin...

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October 16, 2023 25 secs

Next week, CSS is thrilled to release our first "Saturday Matinee with Friends" episode featuring the brilliant Brian Cox!

His memoir "Putting the Rabbit in the Hat" proves he is equally adept at writing stunning, sharp-edged sentences that are as riveting as his memorable film performances – such as playing the first incarnation of Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann’s Manhunter to his chilling portrayal of Matt Damon’s traitorous bos...

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