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Release Date: 03/07/2020

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971)

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The Margos are closing out our “Month of Disney” with the 50th Anniversary of Bedknobs and Broomsticks a partly animated film that is based on the wonderful stories by Mary Norton. She uses supernatural elements to tell the tale of a trio of British kids during WW2 who are hiding out in the English countryside. They meet a local villager, Miss Price, who turns out to be an apprentice witch. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Pinocchio" (1940)

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The Margos are feeling very Italian in this episode devoted to the famous story about a marionette who wishes to be a real boy when he grows up. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi was originally published in a series of magazine articles in 1881. When it was released as a book, it became a worldwide hit and is one of the most translated books of all time. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) Disney in November!

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The Margos continue our month of Disney films with the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast which is based on a fairy tale written in 1740 by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenenueva and then later abridged by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 for a collection of children’s stories.  

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Sleeping Beauty" (1959)

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The Margos are feeling kind of Disney this month so we are dedicating our next few episodes to those animated classics beginning with Sleeping Beauty from 1959. At the time, it received mixed reviews for its obvious comparison to Snow White & the Seven Dwarves which was considered a masterpiece.  (We are Team Maleficent!)

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Bad Seed" (1956)

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The Margos finish out the month of October with our final scary book & movie for the season--The Bad Seed. Written by William March and published in 1954 shortly before his death by a heart attack at the age of 60. The first adaptation was a play in the same year the book was published and starred Nancy Kelly (who won the Tony in 1955 for Best Actress,) Patty McCormack, and Eileen Heckert who would all go on to play their same parts in the film version in 1956. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945)

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This episode focuses on one of writer Oscar Wilde’s biggest commercial and critical successes--The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde is one of those intimidating subjects to cover as he is one of the most controversial and celebrated writers & thinkers of the 19th Century. Fans worship his every bon mot and admire his bravery to live his life on his own terms. He died in 1900 at the age of 46 but his legacy looms large to this day. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a novel by Jack Finney, and the movie starring Kevin McCarthy. The story of aliens invading earth and creating “pod people” to take over the human race was (probably) an allegory for the House Unamerican Activities that was looking for Communists in the U.S. during the 1930s-1950s.The 1956 movie was directed by Don Siegel (Escape from Alcatraz, Dirty Harry) and produced by Walter Wanger.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Invisible Man" 2020 (Elisabeth Moss)

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This adaptation of the 1897 H.G. Wells novel has Elisabeth Moss playing a woman (Cecilia Kass) trying to escape an abusive relationship when her seemingly late boyfriend attacks her wearing an invisible suit. Her character is gaslit everywhere she goes including at the police station where they decide she is mentally unstable and causing her own problems.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Parent Trap" (1961) Hayley Mills Maureen O'Hara

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The Margos talk about the 1961 Disney classic film "The Parent Trap" and the fascinating author Erich Kastner who was banned by Nazis in Germany! The 1988 remake is mentioned but our focus is on the Hayley Mills & Maureen O'Hara film. Between book & movie, which did we like better? Have a listen!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "In a Lonely Place" (1950) Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame

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The film noir classic was directed by Nicholas Ray and stars Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Considered a bit of a flop at the time, it is now considered a classic a love has gone wrong duo and the loneliness of post-WWII LA.

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The Manchurian Candidate”

The Richard Condon Novel Vs. the 1962 John Frankenheimer Cult Classic

 

The Margos have a thing for espionage and intrigue in this ep talking about the Richard Condon 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate which was bought by Frank Sinatra and United Artists films and made into a controversial movie in 1962. Detailing the life of former infantrymen who are brainwashed by the Soviet Union while captured in the Korean War and who later aim to overthrow the United States via a presidential election--it was considered a classic “bad book” by Time magazine (which meant it as a compliment) and seems prescient considering what is happening in politics today.

The story of Major Bennett Marco and Sergeant Raymond Shaw and their recurring nightmares over what they experienced makes up the rest of the book. In short, Shaw can become an assassin when given a “posthypnotic trigger” and his mother is married to Senator Johnny Iselin. She and Ray have an incestual relationship and she is working with the Communists to get her husband elected president.

The movie stars Sinatra as Marco and was directed by John Frankenheimer to little excitement in 1962 (go figure!) One year later President Kennedy was assassinated and the film was pulled from the public with fears it influenced Lee Harvey Oswald who was known to be a regular movie-goer.

The Margos discuss the book and the movie and decide which we like better. (Spoiler--it’s not even close here!) Check out the link below to listen to the episode.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory about the author Richard Condon who went from Hollywood publicist to bestselling author
  • How the brainwashing theme was new in the late 1950s when it was introduced here.
  • The charges of plagiarism that came out years after he died.
  • How Sinatra helped put together a masterpiece of a film by working a short day (Frank never showed up before 11 am on a set!)
  • The cast of the 1962 film including Laurence Harvey (Raymond Shaw,) Janet Leigh (Eugenie Rosie Chaney,) Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin,) James Gregory (Senator Iselin,) Leslie Parrish (Jocie,) and John McGiver (Senator Jordan)
  • Why the film was considered so controversial, it was not considered a classic until a 1987 re-release.

Clips Featured:

  • “I Wanted a Killer” (Angela Lansbury & Laurence Harvey)
  • “52 Red Queens” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
  • “The Killing of Senator Jordan and Jocie” (Laurence Harvey, John McGiver, and Leslie Parrish”
  • “Meeting Rosie on a train” (Frank Sinatra & Janet Leigh)
  • “The Assassination scene” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
  • “The Garden Club Scene”

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