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The Literary License Podcast Explores the Book to Screen and Everything Inbetween
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Short Story: The Oblong Box (1844) Film: The Oblong Box (1969)   The 1969 British horror film is directed by Gordon Hessler and starring Vincent Price and Christopher Lee.  This is the first film that stars together these two icons. ​ Initially as a follow-up from the team that brought Michael Reeves and Vincent Price together for the Witchfinder General, Reeves became ill and Hessler stepped in to take over direction making some changes within the script. ​ Set as a satire of the detective story, Poe delivers through the narrator's grotesque misinterpretations, a clever satiric version of the detective hero. ​ Although the film was a box office success, it is known as one of the lesser Poe projects released around this time.   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  iTunes:    or Website:  or TuneIn Radio   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.32); Story Geeks – What to Watch This Week (02.14); Forming the Plot (5.39); Film Trailer (24.29);  Time Slingers Book Release – Death of a Bounty of Hunter (27.18); Lights, Camera, Action (28.52); Epilogue (49.41); End Credits (52.59); Closing Credits (1:02.13)   Opening Credits– thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening Credits.   Closing Credits – No More Words – Berlin – taken from the album Love Life – copyright 1984 Geffin Records   All rights reserved.   Available through Amazon
Seven-time Daytime Emmy winner MARY O'LEARY is a former producer of the daytime television dramas, The Young & The Restless, General Hospital, One Life To Live, Another World and Guiding Light. She also had a close and personal relationship with Jonathan Frid.  She discusses her friendship and working relationship with the one and only Jonathan Frid who has left a lasting mark on all fans of Dark Shadows.  He was an incredible talent and further more and incredible person that is sorely missed.  We are honoured to present Mary O'Leary who reminisces with us about knowing this fantastic actor and person.     Opening Credits - Barnabas Theme by The First Theremin Era   Closing Credits - Barnabas - The Vampire State Building   All Rights Reserved   Used with Full Permission.   Songs available through Amazon.
Dark Shadows - September 1967 Episode 310 - 330 ​ David becomes trapped in the mausoleum.  Sarah appears to Willie and Dr Woodward claims that Sarah's doll is over 150 years old.  David's life is in danger.  Victoria becomes afraid of the past.  Barnabas frames Willie whilst David is attacked by a large bat.   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-geeks/id1120739105 or https://thestorygeeks.org/ or https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Story-Geeks-p1158612/   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.05); Story Geek Videos To Watch From Home (1.41); Out of the Shadows (5.20); Into The Shadows (18.31); DBH Book (28.29); Shedding Some Light (30.39); Character Breaks (1:24.29); Morning Has Broken (1:30.13); Tune In Next Time (1:38.52); Closing Credits (1:39.41)   Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   Closing Credits – Praise the Lord and Pass The Ammunition – The Merry Macs copyrighted 1942 Push Back Now.   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.  
The Vanishing (1988)   This Dutch thriller film directed by George Sluizer and based on the book The Golden Egg by Tim Krabbe, follows a man who searches obsessively for his girlfriend following her disappearance at a rest stop. ​ The film stars Bernard-Pieere Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets and Johanna ter Steege. ​ The film was put forward for an Oscar but as it was a Dutch film with too much French dialogue it was disqualified despite winning numerous awards upon its release around the world. ​ The film was adapted into a radio play for the BBC and was remade for the American audience using the same title starring Sandra Bollocks, Keifer Sutherland, Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis.   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  iTunes:    or Website:  or TuneIn Radio   Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (.49); Story Geek Segment  (3.51); Forming the Plot (6.27); Film Trailer (07.31); DBD – Book Release (8.59); Lights, Camera, Action (11.21); Epilogue (38.01); End Credits (42.39); Closing Credits (43.20)   Song Credits:  Thank you from Purple Planet Music for our Opening and Closing Credits.
Hard Candy​ (2005) ​ Directed by David Slade and written by Brian Nelson.  The American thriller focuses on a 14 year old female vigilante's trapping and torture of a man whom she suspects of being a sexual predator. ​ The film stars Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson and Sandra Oh.   ​ The film inspiration came from a 20/20 story about a Japanese girl who would lure older businessmen to a location with a promise of meaningful conversation, only to mug and assault the men with a gang of other girls.   This is David Slade's directorial debut. ​ ​ Ex-Machina (2014)   Written and in his directorial debut by Alex Garland, the film follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot. ​ The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac.   ​ The foundation for Ex Machina was laid when Garland was 11 or 12 years old, after he had done some basic coding and experimentation on a computer his parents had bought him and which he sometimes felt had a mind of its own. His later ideas came from years of discussions he had been having with a friend with an expertise in neuroscience, who claimed machines could never become sentient. Trying to find an answer on his own, he started reading books on the topic.    We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-geeks/id1120739105 or https://thestorygeeks.org/ or https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Story-Geeks-p1158612/   Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Story Geeks (7.53); Forming the Plot (11.23); Film Trailer (12.14); Lights, Camera, Action (14.40); DAB Book Release (1:08.02); Trailer (Take 2) (1:10.05); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (1:12.34); Epilogue 1:53.52); End Credits (2:02.08); Closing Credits (2:03.04)   Opening Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening Credits.   Closing Credits – Praise the Lord and Pass The Ammunition – The Merry Macs copyrighted 1942 Push Back Now.   All rights reserved.   All songs available through Amazon Music.
Short Story: The Premature Burial (1844) Film: The Premature Burial (1962)   Directed by Roger Corman and based on the short story of the same name, this would be the third film in the Corman - Poe cycle. ​ The film stars Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Alan Napier, Heather Angel and Richard Ney.  The screenplay by Charles 97 Faces of Dr Lao) Beaumont and Ray (Mr Sardonicus) Russell. ​ The story centres around a man who has a fear of being buried alive.  Interestingly enough, the film's assistant director is Frances Ford Coppola.   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  iTunes:    or Website:  or TuneIn Radio   We are joined by Rondo award winner of 2020 Rod Labbe.   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.32); Story Geeks – What to Watch This Week (14.41); Forming the Plot (17.23); Film Trailer (51.54);  Time Slingers Book Release – Death of a Bounty of Hunter (54.23); Lights, Camera, Action (56.51); Epilogue (1:42.19); End Credits (1:53.32); Closing Credits (1:54.19)   Opening Credits – Thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.   Closing Credits – You Can’t Stop The Beat from the motion picture soundtrack ‘Hairspray’.   Used by Permission   All rights are reserved.
Dark Shadows - August 1967 Episode 287 - 309 ​ The mystery of Sarah becomes revealed.  Dr Hoffman discovers Barnabas' secret and offers to find a cure.  Burke and Victoria become engaged.  Barnabas is seeking Sarah's ghost and Dr Hoffman's cure is not going well. Dark Shadows goes to colour.   We are joined by special guest co-host Patrick McRae.  He is a professional stage director of eighty productions, a voice actor, professional comic book author, and winner of the 2017 Rondo Award for Writer of the Year.  You can find him at www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-geeks/id1120739105 or https://thestorygeeks.org/ or https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Story-Geeks-p1158612/   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.05); Story Geek Videos To Watch From Home (12.17); Out of the Shadows (15.19); Into The Shadows (26.20); Shedding Some Light (49.09); Character Breaks (1:54.11); Morning Has Broken (2:08.30); Tune In Next Time (2:20.17); Closing Credits (2:22.01)   Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.
We have a special interview with Adam Karlen, actor and producer and the son of the Emmy Award winning star of John Karlen.  We discuss with Adam his father's career in Dark Shadows, classic 70's films and television series and his Emmy award winning role in Cagney and Lacey.  We also learn about the man behind the actor and thanks to Adam who gives a stellar interview.  We apologise for some of the sound qualities in the beginning of the interview as the hamster wheel is definitely spinning within the ether.  Thank you for your patience.  
Dark Shadows - July 1967 Episode 266 - 286 ​ Widow's Hill starts calling to Elizabeth to end it all.  Elizabeth recalls what happened to Carolyn's father.  Jason leaves Collingswood but finds himself embroiled in what is going on at the old house.  Barnabas holds a party where the Collin's will dress as their ancestors. Josette's music box holds clues for Dr Hoffman about Maggie's condition.  Dr Hoffman goes to Collingswood under cover.   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-geeks/id1120739105 or https://thestorygeeks.org/ or https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Story-Geeks-p1158612/   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.05); Story Geek Videos To Watch From Home (7.56) Out of the Shadows (11.29); Into The Shadows (32.49); Shedding Some Light (49.21); Character Breaks (1:49.51); Morning Has Broken (1:59.40); Tune In Next Time (2:06.39); Closing Credits (2:07.38)   Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.  
Kathryn Leigh Scott is a writer, producer and author who is remembered for her television, film and theatre credits.  She is also an acclaim writer of novels from fiction to memoires.  She is top of her game and we are so pleased to have this chance to talk to Kathryn about her career.
Michael Hadge, played Buzz on Dark Shadows.  Although his part appeared briefly, he has become an integral part of the show with just the mention of his character bringing a smile to everyone’s lips.  Michael Hadge, is not only an actor but also a producer known for Carlito’s Way (1993), The Shadow (1994) amongst many others.  One of his most prestigious documentary Looking for Richard (1996) with Al Pacino is a seminal piece of film making about Shakespeare’s Richard III and how it fits into the modern world.  We interview him and learn even more from this phenomenal actor and producer.  We apologise for any sound issues due to recording issues in advance. 
Hereditary (2018) ​ The American horror film directed by Ari Aster tells the story about a family haunted after the death of their secretive grandmother. ​ The films stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro. ​ The film is controversial as it left audiences members either confused and scratching their heads or at the other end of the spectrum, loving it and realising every nuiance. ​ The film is a instant classic and gave us a director that we will hear many great things from. ​ Midsommar (2019)   Ari Aster's second motion picture is a folk horror tale that follows a group of friens as they go to Sweden for a festival that occurs once every ninety years, only to find themselves in the clutch of a pagan cult. ​ This Swedish/American production received heavy praise from critics and audience members alike proving Aster is a director to look out for.  He combines visual style, unique storytelling techniques and his own unique spin on proceedings. ​ The film stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper and Will Poulter.   We are joined by C Derrick Miller, Author of the Taste of Home series and you can find him at the following links:  Websites:   http://cderickmiller.com; American Justice Podcast website is http://www.americanjusticepodcast.com and check out what is happening on his new film via http://www.warningsignsfilm.com   We are also pleased to introduce our new co-host Jesse Faultz.  He comes with a wealth of knowledge and we are so pleased to have him on board.  Everyone welcome Jesse to the Literary License Podcast.  He will be a regular on Dark Shadow episodes and many more.   Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Story Geeks (19.40); Forming the Plot (22.53); Film Trailer (23.42); Lights, Camera, Action (25.51); DAB Book Release (1:06.22); Forming The Plot (Take 2) (1:08.44); Trailer (Take 2) (1:10.05); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (1:12.34); Epilogue (2:00.32); End Credits (2:11.37); Closing Credits (2:12.15)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Short Stories: The Black Cat (1843) Morella (1835) The Cask of Amontillado (1846) The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar (1845) Film: Tale of Terror (1962)   With a screenplay by Richard Matheson, it is the fourth film in the eight films of the Corman-Poe Cycle.  The film is an anthology format with three short films connected by a narration by Vincent Price who appears in all three stories. ​ The film stars Peter Lorre, Debra Paget and Peter Lorre.  The film took three weeks to film and complete. ​ The film inspired merchandising with comic book adaption and a Matheson released paperback novelisation released in 1962.   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  iTunes:    or Website:  or TuneIn Radio   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.32); Story Geeks – What to Watch This Week (08.02); Forming the Plot (10.22); Film Trailer (43.44);  Time Slingers Book Release – Death of a Bounty of Hunter (45.47); Lights, Camera, Action (48.20); Epilogue (1:06.07); End Credits (1:11.16); Closing Credits (1:13.05)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Dark Shadows - June 1967 Episode 244 - 265 ​ Elizabeth is blackmailed by Jason whilst Willie is controlled by Barnabas.  Carolyn begins a relationship with hippie motorcyclist Buzz.  Maggie is locked up whilst a mysterious girl in 1700's clothing starts making an appearance.  Julia Hoffman becomes involved in the happenings at Collinwood.    We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-geeks/id1120739105 or https://thestorygeeks.org/ or https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Story-Geeks-p1158612/   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.05); Story Geek Videos To Watch From Home (08.59) Out of the Shadows (13.56); Into The Shadows (54.50); Shedding Some Light (1:02.17); Character Breaks (2:04.57); Morning Has Broken (2:15.23); Tune In Next Time (2:26.36); Closing Credits (2:28.58)   Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.  
One of the stars of Dark Shadows Sharon Smyth aka Sarah Collins gives the Literary License Podcast.     We would like to take this time to thank this incredible person who has given us one of our most favourite interviews.  
Prodondo Rosso aka Deep Red (1975)   Released in 1975 and directed by Dario Argento the film would offer a soundtrack by Goblin. The film stars David Hemingway and Daria Nicolodi   The story centers around a pianist who starts to investigate a series of murders performed by a mysterious figure wearing black gloves. ​ Originally cut upon its original release to the States and UK, mostly scenes involving talking scenes between Hemingway and Nicolodi as they were not dubbed into English.  This was approved by Dario himself.  The film is now released uncut with the missing sequences in Italian on DVD and Blu-Ray.   We are joined by writer and producer Joe (Caesar and Otto Deadly Christmas) Randazzo.  You can following Joe through:   Twitter: joe_randazzo Instagram: joerandazzo624    We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  iTunes:    or Website:  or TuneIn Radio   Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (.49); Story Geek Segment  (10.03); Forming the Plot (12.37); Film Trailer (13.30);  Lights, Camera, Action (16.11); Epilogue (1:33.39); End Credits (1:40.46); Closing Credits (1:42.56)   Song Credits:  Thank you from Purple Planet Music for our Opening and Closing Credits.
The Lodger (1944) ​ Directed by John Brahm and screenplay written by Barre Lyndon based on the novel of the same name by Marie Belloc Lowndes.  The book was filmed once before as a silent film by Alfred Hitchcock. ​ The film stars Merle Oberon, George Sanders and Laird Cregar.  The film revolves around the story of Jack the Ripper.   ​ The film is highly regarded as a classic film noir.   ​ ​Time After Time (1979)   This Metrocolor Science Fiction film is written and directed by Nicholas Meyer and based on an unfinished manuscript by Karl Alexander. ​ The story centres around HG Wells and his time machine as he goes back in time to pursue Jack the Ripper.  The film stars David Warner, Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen. ​ The film would be filmed on location in San Franscisco and would highlight the city.  Interestingly, Malcolm McDowell wanted to give a true characterisation to H G Wells and heard his recorded voice.  After hearing Wells' high pitched south east London accent, he decided to use a more distinct voice and accent.   We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  iTunes:    or Website:  or TuneIn Radio   Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Story Geeks (14.39); Forming the Plot (17.06); Film Trailer (18.05); Lights, Camera, Action (20.17); Forming The Plot (Take 2) (53.26); Trailer (Take 2) (54.05); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (57.01); Epilogue (1:34.19); End Credits (1:36.30); Closing Credits (1:37.35)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Short Story: Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) Film: Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)   The 1932 pre-Hays film and second film to star Bela Lugosi was originally cut due to violent themes upon its initial release. The film is directed by Robert Florey.   The expressionistic style of the film would give a nod to the German expressionistic style made famous in Germany.     The director wanted to keep as close to Edgar Allan Poes story as possible in keeping with the 1840's setting of Paris but Universal would not agree so the film was given an update to reflect the time.  Universal would push for more romance and sex appeal as subplots.    We are joined by Rod Labbe and special guest co-host Angela Dyson, author of the Love Detective series.  You can follow Angela Dyson via her Website:  or via her Facebook:  or via Twitter:     We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link: Apple iTunes  or Website: or  TuneIn Radio.     Opening Credits; Introduction (1.35); Story Geeks – What to Watch This Week (15.44); Forming the Plot (19.24); Film Trailer (58.20);  Lights, Camera, Action (59.51); Epilogue (1:26.08); End Credits (1:40.11); Closing Credits (1:44.04)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Dark Shadows - May 1967 Episode 220 - 243 ​ Willie is under the watchful eye of Barnabas Collins.  Maggie starts to believe that she is Josette.  Barnbas shares the story of Josette while Joe Haskell becomes worried about Maggie.  Jason informs Elizabeth that they are to be married. We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-story-geeks/id1120739105 or https://thestorygeeks.org/ or https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Story-Geeks-p1158612/   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.05); Story Geek Videos To Watch From Home (12.16); Out of the Shadows (15.42); Into The Shadows (57.59); Shedding Some Light (1:06.17); Morning Has Broken (1:54.39); Tune In Next Time (2:13.42); Closing Credits (2:17.05)   Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.
Les Diaboliques (1955)   The French classic directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzet and Paul Meurisse is based on a novel by Pierre Bouleua (Planet of the Apes) and Thomas Narcejac (Vertigo). ​ The film blends elements of thriller and horror, with the plot focusing on a woman and the mistress of her husband who conspire to murder the man.  The body disappears and a number of strange incidents start to occur. ​ The film would be the tenth largest box office success of that year.  Considered by many as the closest thing to an Alfred Hitchcock film without being a Hitchcock film.  Interestingly enough, Hitchcock himself missed owning the rights of the book minutes before it was purchased.   Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (.49); Forming the Plot (10.29); Film Trailer (11.58);  Lights, Camera, Action (14.48); Epilogue (55.49); End Credits (1:08.53); Closing Credits (1:01.22)   Song Credits:  Thank you from Purple Planet Music for our Opening and Closing Credits.
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