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Book Vs Movie: "His Girl Friday" (1940) & "The Front Page"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 12/15/2020

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Logan's Run" (1976) Michael York, Jenny Agutter & Farrah Fawcett

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The Margos go back to Sci-Fi with Logan's Run. The original story from William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson came out in 1967 and the film starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter & Farrah Fawcett was released in the summer of 1976. The CBS TV series aired for one season in 1977. Which version did we like best? Have a listen to find out!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) Vin Diesel & Paul Walker

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Book Vs Movie: “The Fast and the Furious” The 1998 Kenneth Li article from Vibe Vs the 2001 Film  Since the Pandemic started in Mach 2020, we gave committed to bringing a weekly show and that means we often use shorter literary sources as the basis for the episode. Novellas, songs, plays, and yes--magazine articles which is happening in this show.   In 1998, Daily News writer was writing tech and feature stories when he heard about a racing circuit happening late at night in New York City. Instead of muscle cars of yore, these new riders used brands like Mitsubishi and...

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One of the most covered authors on Book Vs Movie is also one of the most controversial and we discuss why in this episode dedicated to Roald Dahl and his 1970 children’s novel Fantastic Mr. Fox. In 2009, director Wes Anderson directed a stop-motion animation version of the tale with George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray among the big-name cast providing the voices.

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Book Vs. Movie: Book Vs. Movie: "Argo" (2012) Ben Affleck & Bryan Cranston

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The Margos talk about the 2012 multiple award-winning film "Argo" and the true story originally published in Wired magazine in 2007. Writer Joshuah Bearman wrote about the CIA's work to release six American hostages in Iran in 1980 which included creating a fake Sci-Fi film crew. Ben Affleck stars and directs (very well!)

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Little Prince" (2015) Jeff Bridges & Paul Rudd

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The Margos discuss the classic novel "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the 2015 animated film directed by Mark Osbourne and how amazing they both are! (Spoiler!) #FrolicNetwork #ladyPodSquad #JeffBridges #PaulRudd #Animation #CesarAward

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "To Sir, With Love" (1967) Sidney Poitier

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The Margos talk about the 1967 Sidney Poitier film "To Sir, With Love" and the 1959 novel by E.R. Braithwaite. Plus, we discuss 60s London, the power of Poitier, and the amazing LULU in her first film. Come for the 60s nostalgia. Stay for the hot takes!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Whip It" (2009) Drew Barrymore & Elliot Page

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The Margos get their roller derby on with this look at the 2007 novel "Derby Girl" by Shauna Cross and the fun 2009 movie starring and directed by Drew Barrymore. Also features Elliot Page, Kristen Wiig, Eve, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, and Jimmy Fallon.

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The Margos are screaming "Stella!" and talking about Tennessee Williams, Elia Kazan, Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Vivian Leigh, Karl Malden, Post WW2 America, and more in this episode devoted to all things 'A Streetcar Named Desire" (Yes, we know it is based on a play. We talk about both here!)

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Book Vs Movie: His Girl Friday

The 1928 Play (The Front Page) Vs the 1940 Howard Hawks Film

Writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur changed Broadway (and later Hollywood) forever when they created The Front Page,  a comedy about irascible, mean reporters in Chicago who are waiting for the hanging of Earl Williams--a communist who killed an African American policeman which makes him a pariah in Cook County. 

The reporters who hang around the jail to write about his fate couldn’t care less about justice--they just want a story. Our lead, Hildy Johnson, is ready to leave the newspaper business for good and marry a New York City gal. He claims to be eager for more money and respectability--but his cohorts in reporting know better.

As does his boss, Walter Burns, he schemes to keep him on duty and in Chicago. (Even “kidnapping” Hildy’s mother in law!)

Earl Williams escapes jail and manages to find Hildy alone in the press room. Realizing that Williams is innocent of the charges, Hildy hides him in the company desk and comedy ensues. 

The “rat-a-tat” style dialog was a revelation at the time which may explain why it had been adapted several times for film, TV, radio, and on Broadway several times. 

The 1940 adaptation from Howard Hawks is titled His Girl Friday switches genders for Hildy with Rosalind Russell playing the part against Cary Grant as Walter Burns. The script was credited to Charles Lederer but Ben Hecht most certainly had a hand in the dialog. (He would later be credited as one of the most successful screenwriters in history with Scarface, Spellbound, and Wuthering Heights in his official credits.)

The Margos talk about the original play and the most successful movie adaptation and decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • How The Front Page changed Broadway
  • Ben Hecht and Herman Mankowitz in Hollywood
  • The biggest changes between the original text and the 1940 script
  • The many problematic themes of the original material
  • The cast: Cary Grant (Walter Burns,) Rosalind Russell (Hildy Johnson,) Ralph Bellamy (Bruce Baldwin,) and John Qualen (Earl Williams)

Clips used:

  • His Girl Friday  trailer 
  • Walter Burns, Hildy Johnson, and Bruce Baldwin have lunch
  • Hildy returns to quit
  • Walter convinces Hildy to stay

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