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Episode 018: Walter Matthau

Having the face of a basset hound and the demeanor of an angry cabbie, Walter Matthau was a born character actor, known best for roles like the sinister Dr. Groeteschiele in Fail-Safe and the double-crossing Hamilton Bartholomew of Cary Grant's Charade.

But starting in the 1970's, Matthau managed to turn his Odd Couple act into box office gold, and scored a string of hits that made him America's least-likely leading man. Join us as MG takes on two of his best: 1974's subway-heist classic The Taking of Pelham 123, featuring Robert Shaw of Jaws fame, and 1980's brilliant, underseen, and infinitely watchable comedy Hopscotch!

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