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Cinema Showcase Videotape Collection

CINEMA SHOWCASE VIDEOTAPE COLLECTION

Jim Whaley (1948-1992) created and hosted Cinema Showcase on Atlanta public television station WPBA (Channel 30) from 1972 to 1992. He previously hosted Cinema Soundtrack for two years on WABE-FM radio, and was for 12 years the film reviewer for Atlanta's Creative Loafing newspaper. Before his death, he served as a member of the Georgia Film and Videotape Commission's Advisory Board.

In the era before Turner Classic Movies, American Movie Classics, or Netflix, public television was one of the few broadcast outlets showing classic films in their entirety and uninterrupted by commercials. Cinema Showcase was syndicated to several U.S. television markets. Whaley attended premieres and press junkets and interviewed movie and television stars, authors, and playwrights on location and in his Atlanta studio. Some of his interview subjects were Francois Truffaut, Paul Lynde, Lillian Gish, Erskine Caldwell, and Steven Spielberg.

The Media Archives holdings of Cinema Showcase include completed as-aired programs as well as raw footage for the program, and video press information (such as clips) on theatrical films being reviewed by Whaley during their release periods. The archival material exists on 3/4" U-Matic videotape and 2" videotape, both broadcast standard at the time but now obsolete formats. Transfers have been made of several programs for viewing and research; additional transfers can be made by request. Similarly, we have audio materials from Whaley’s radio program Cinema Soundtrack which are as yet uncataloged.

Requests to view or listen to the material should be made to the Media Department Head.

CINEMA SHOWCASE INTERVIEW SUBJECTS

  • Andrews, Dana
  • Andrews, Julie
  • Ann Margret Tommy
  • Astaire, Fred: Change Partners and Dance
  • Aumont, Jean-Pierre
  • Bacall, Lauren
  • Bacon, Kevin
  • Bassinger, Kim:  The Man Who Loved Women
  • Beatty, Ned
  • Benson, Robby
  • Bernhard, Sandra
  • Bertolucci, Bernardo
  • Bikel, Theodore
  • Bridges, Jeff: Tucker
  • Broderick, Matthew
  • Burlinson, Tom
  • Caeser, Sid
  • Caine, Michael
  • Caldwell, Erskine
  • Capra, Frank
  • Channing, Carol
  • Cher
  • Cleese, John
  • Close, Glenn
  • Connery, Sean
  • Conway, Tim
  • Costa-Gavras
  • Costner, Kevin
  • Daniels, Jeff
  • de Havilland, Olivia
  • Demme, Jonathan
  • DeNiro, Robert
  • Deschanel, Caleb
  • DeVito, Danny
  • Dillon, Matt
  • Douglas, Kirk
  • Douglas, Michael
  • Edwards, Anne
  • Edwards, Blake
  • Ardonlino, Emile
  • Fawcett, Farrah
  • Ford, Harrison: Working Girl
  • Fox, Michael J: Back to the Future Part II
  • Gardenia, Vincent
  • Gaynor, Mitzi
  • Gedrick, Jason: Rooftops
  • Gere, Richard
  • Gibson, Mel
  • Gish, Lillian
  • Goulet, Robert
  • Grodin, Charles
  • Hackman, Gene: Mississippi Burning
  • Hanks, Tom
  • Harmon, Mark
  • Harrison, Noel
  • Hayes, Helen
  • Heckart, Eileen
  • Hemingway, Margaux
  • Herzog, Werner: Nosferatu
  • Heston, Charlton
  • Higham, Charles
  • Hoffman, Dustin
  • Johnson, Lamont
  • Johnson, Van
  • Julia, Raul
  • Keyes, Evelyn
  • Ladd, David
  • Lange, Jessica
  • Lansbury, Angela
  • Lee, Spike
  • Lemmon, Jack
  • Lester, Richard
  • Lindfors, Viveca
  • Llewellyn, Desmond
  • Lowe, Rob:  Bad Influence
  • Loy, Myrna
  • Lynde, Paul
  • Macchio, Ralph
  • Mann, Delbert
  • Martin, Mary
  • Mason, James
  • Mazursky, Paul
  • McCambridge, Mercedes
  • McCarthy, Andrew
  • McCartney, Paul
  • McGuire, Dorothy
  • Merman, Ethel
  • Merrow, Jane
  • Mitchell, Sasha
  • Mitchum, Robert
  • Moore, Demi
  • Moore, Dudley
  • Moreno, Rita
  • Morita, Pat
  • Neal, Patricia
  • Newley, Anthony
  • Norris, Chuck
  • Norris, Chuck
  • Olmos, Edward James
  • Peck, Gregory
  • Philips, Lou Diamond
  • Piscopo, Joe
  • Pomery, John
  • Powell, Jane
  • Pritchard, Dean
  • Quaid, Dennis
  • Redford, Robert
  • Reeve, Christopher
  • Reynolds, Burt
  • Ritchie, Michael
  • Roberts, Eric
  • Rogers, Ginger
  • Rogers, Marianne
  • Russell, Kurt
  • Sarandon, Susan
  • Schary, Dore
  • Schell, Maximillian
  • Schwartzenegger, Arnold
  • Scott, George C
  • Selleck, Tom
  • Shatner, William
  • Smith, Alexis
  • Spielberg, Steven: Always
  • Stallone, Sylvester
  • Stockwell, Dean
  • Stone, Oliver
  • Streep, Meryl
  • Sutherland, Keifer
  • Swayze, Patrick
  • Townsend, Robert
  • Travolta, John
  • Truffaut, Francois, Day for Night
  • Tyson, Cicely
  • Van Damme, Jean-Claude
  • Van Devere, Trish
  • Warrick, Ruth
  • Weathers, Carl
  • Weaver, Sigourney
  • Wickes, Mary
  • Williams, Robin
  • Williams, Tennessee
  • Willis, Bruce
  • Winters, Shelley
  • Wise, Robert
  • Wyler, William
  • Yates, Peter

  • A Family Upside Down - Astaire, Hayes,
  • Batman Returns - Keaton & Pffeifer
  • Black Rain - Douglas, Capshaw, Lansing
  • Casualties of War - Michael J. Fox, Brian DePalma, Thuy Thule
  • Cats - Julie Andrews
  • Cocoon II - Don Ameche
  • Cousins - Ted Danson, Lloyd Bridges, Joel Schumacher, et al
  • Dad - Jack Lemmon, Olympia Dukakis, Ethan Hawke
  • Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese, Pt. 1
  • Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese, Pt. 2
  • Housesitter - Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany
  • Last of the Mohicans and Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Hunt for Red October
  • Immediate Family - Glenn Close, James Woods, Kevin Dillon, Sam Wright
  • In Country - Bruce Willis, Norman Jewison
  • Legacy of Caligari (special series)
  • License to Kill - Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Wayne Newton, John Glen, Talisa Soto
  • Old Gringo - Gregory Peck, Jane Fonda, Jimmy Smits
  • Parenthood - Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Ron Howard
  • Police Academy 6
  • Relentless - Leo Rossi
  • Silverado - Brian Dennehy, Lawrence Kasden, Kevin Kline; Tom Hanks, Helen Slater
  • Sneakers and Singles
  • Steel Magnolias - Shirely MacLaine, Sally Field, Julia Roberts
  • Steel Magnolias - Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Robert Harling
  • Steel Magnolias (Shirley MacLaine), Steel Magnolias (Dolly Parton)
  • Terminator 2 - Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • "That's Dancin" Gene Kelly [6 mins.]
  • The Abyss - Todd Graff, Leo Burmester, James Cameron, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  • The Freshman
  • My Blue Heaven
  • The Grifters - Huston, Stephen Frears, Annette Benning
  • The Rapture - EPK
  • Thelma & Louise junket, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon with Whaley, A&B
  • Unforgiven EPK
  • Unlawful Entry - Ray Liotta & Madeline Stowe
  • War Party - Billy Wirth
  • Whispers in the Dark; Bob Roberts; Sneakers; Singles

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