Episode #86 – The Happiest Millionaire

Only an army could make us sit through The Happiest Millionaire… an army, or one U.S. serviceman, that is.  Meanwhile, Dan reveals the creepier aspects of his character, Stuart returns from his gaming convention with a surprise gift, and Elliott is forever thwarted in his attempts to bring American history to the podcast masses.

0:00 – 0:34 – Introduction and theme.
0:35 – 4:17 – We discuss our recent technical difficulties.
4:18 – 27:57 – You’d think there would be a lot to talk about in a three hour film, wouldn’t you? You would be wrong.
27:58 – 33:00 – We summarily dispense with final judgments, to discuss Stuart’s SURPRISE GIFT to Dan and Elliott
33:31 – 47:45 – Flop House Movie Mailbag
47:46 – 54:44 – The sad bastards recommend / plug.
54:45 – 55:52 – Goodbyes, theme, and outtakes.

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Wikipedia synopsis of The Happiest Millionaire

Flop House Plugs Corner:

The Hollows — featuring Rob Morrison of Avenue Q and Dan’s old sketch troupe Mr. Whitepants.

Elliott’s next 92Y Tribeca screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, with special guest star Rory Albanese, stand-up comic and Executive Producer of The Daily Show.

Further show notes:

The Hard Ticket To Hawaii video that caused so much controversy:

Stuart posing with his purchase:

Lastly, some folks dealt with the Flop House break with a little less patience than others, as this fan art will attest.  I hope we’re square now.  Please release our families.

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September 2nd, 2011



  1. Dan McCoy says:

    Apologies: Marilu Henner was in Taxi. Chalk that one up to the cold I was battling.

  2. Ryan DSC says:

    Flamboyant Computer Commands = Dan’s new hook.

  3. JDCorley says:

    Battle of Brooklyncast will be your new rivals.

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  5. Thursday says:

    Marilu Henner was my first TV girlfriend, but I love you guys enough to forgive the transgression.

    She’s still pretty dang hot, too.

  6. Gerald Fnord says:

    The lesson of “The Happiest Millionaire” is…

    ‘Don’t ever make “Rocket Crocodile in the World of Tomorrow”.’

    …or be _extremely_ careful doing it, because: No matter how cool a movie might sound, e.g. ‘A guy desperately tries to gain the approval of a boxing millionaire with alligators who’ll teach hand-to-hand to Marines.’, it can still end up awful, e.g. if there’s only thirty-five minutes’ worth of material.

    (I’m guessing that Walt was so nostalgic, as was speculated, but also so identified himself with the millionaire, that they couldn’t treat his character with anything but fondness—a little darkness in this man would make him more interesting.)

  7. Gerald Fnord says:

    Sorry to comment again here, but:

    I’m going to try to make this: a poster for a “Reanimator” prequel about Herbert West’s pre-{med school} education (“Reanimator: The Beginning”?) featuring the tag-line ‘College is the time to experiment.’.

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