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The Literary License Podcast Explores the Book to Screen and Everything Inbetween
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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.
The Night of the Hunter (1955) ​ This one and only film masterpiece directed by Charles Laughton and starring Shelly Winters, Lillian Gish and Robert Mitchum is considered the second best American film.  The film tells the story of a corrupt minister turned serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspected widow and steal $10,000 dollars hidden by her executed husband. ​ Based on the true story of Harry Powers who was hanged in 1932 for the murder of two widows and three children in West Virginia.  The film has a lyrical and expressionistic style that is influenced by films of the silent era.   ​ The love/hate tattoos across Mitchum's fingers would become an iconic image in itself. ​ Looper (2014)   Written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt would gross 170million against its 30million budget. ​ The story revolves around Loopers, hired by criminal syndicates from the future to terminate victims that they send through time. ​ Some of the film takes place in Shanghai to appeal to a Chinese audience.    The film would make several top ten lists for that year.    Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Forming the Plot (12.37); Lights, Camera, Action (13.49); Film Trailer (53.01);   Forming The Plot (Take 2) (54.35); Trailer (Take 2) (55.29); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (57.54); Epilogue (1:50.37); End Credits (1:55.44); Closing Credits (1:57.07)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Short Story:  The Black Cat (1843) Film: The Black Cat (1934)   Directed by Edga G Ulmer (set designer for Metropolis) would direct this pre-Hayes film based on the Edgar Allen Poe film of the same name.  It would be the biggest Universal box office smash of that year. ​ This would be the first of eight films to pair up Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.   ​ The film is very loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story.  In fact, it is so loosely based that the Poe story is almost non-existent.  The film involves a nightmare that involves necrophilia, ailurophobia, drugs, a deadly game of chess, torture, flaying, and a black mass with a human sacrifice.   We are joined by The Literary License Podcast Dark Shadows co-host Tom Diamon.   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.32); Forming the Plot (16.09); Film Trailer (33.59);  Lights, Camera, Action (35.39); Epilogue (1:23.04); End Credits (1:30.53); Closing Credits (1:33.26)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Dark Shadows - April 1967 Episodes 201 - 219 ​ Caroline is having a difficult time with why Jason and Willie are hanging around Collingswood.  David tells Willie about hidden treasures found in the hidden room of the family tomb.  A family member that resembles a family member from 200 years ago makes an appearance where legends are born.   We have been shortlisted for a Rondo award.  You can vote via their website:  https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog.  Or you can vote via e-mail:  taraco@aol.com.  If you just want to vote for the Literary License Podcast, just cut and paste the following into your e-mail:   Best Multimedia Site:  Literary License Podcast.    Opening Credits; Introduction (4.21); Out of the Shadows (19.34); Into The Shadows (53.32); Shedding Some Light (1:00.31); Morning Has Broken (1:43.37); Tune In Next Time (2:00.27); Closing Credits (2:03.59)   Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.  
Dark Shadows - March 1967 Episode 178 - 200 ​ A seance in the old house reviews some hidden secrets from the past that has consequences in the present.  Laura's past is revealed as the Phoenix storyline comes to an end.  Willie Loomis and Jason MacGuire makes a visit to Collinsport to confront Elizabeth about her missing husband.     We have been shortlisted for a Rondo award.  You can vote via their website:  https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog.  Or you can vote via e-mail:  taraco@aol.com.  If you just want to vote for the Literary License Podcast, just cut and paste the following into your e-mail:   Best Multimedia Site:  Literary License Podcast.    Opening Credits; Introduction (2.19); Out of the Shadows (13.58); Into The Shadows (31.12); Shedding Some Light (39.31); Morning Has Broken (1:34.22); Tune In Next Time (1:50.59); Closing Credits (1:54.17)   Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   Special Thank You to Don Capone – who cleaned up the backstage chatter from the set of Dark Shadows – Burning of the Phoenix episode.  Thank you so much, you are the best!!!!!   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.
The Fourth Man (1983)   The Dutch suspense film directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the novel of the same name by Gerard Reve, was selected as the Dutch entree for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars but wasn't nominated. ​ The film stars Jeron Krabbe, and Renee Soutendijk and would be the last film that Verhoeven would direct in the Netherlands.   ​ The film is known for its sexual explicitness and violence which is a stable in Verhoeven films.  The film would be considered by Verhoeven as the spiritual prequel to his American film Basic Instinct.     We have been shortlisted for a Rondo award.  You can vote via their website:  https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog.  Or you can vote via e-mail:  taraco@aol.com.  If you just want to vote for the Literary License Podcast, just cut and paste the following into your e-mail:   Best Multimedia Site:  Literary License Podcast.    Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (.49); Forming the Plot (09.23); Film Trailer (10.46);  Lights, Camera, Action (14.53); Epilogue (55.37); End Credits (1:00.53); Closing Credits (1:03.17)   Song Credits:  Thank you from Purple Planet Music for our Opening and Closing Credits.  
Westworld (1973) ​ 1973, Michael Crichton would write and direct Westworld which would start the rise of his writing career.  The American Science Fiction Western film would be about an amusement park of androids that would malfunction and start to kill the visitors.    The film stars James Brolin, Dick Van Patten, Richard Benjamin and the fantastically cast Yul Brynner.  The film would set box offices alit and create one sequel called Futureworld and a 1980’s short lived television series Beyond Westworld.  The film would come to modern audiences again in the new HBO series which is considered one of the icons of modern television.  ​ The Shawshank Redemption (1994)   Released in 1994 to critical acclaimed and based on a short novella by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont, tells the tale of a prisoner sent to Shawshank for the murder of his wife and her lover although he claims his innocence.  Over the next two decades he would befriend a fellow prisoner, Ellis "Red" Redding and becomes instrumental in a money laundering scheme set up by the prison warden. ​ The film stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, William Sandler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows and James Whitmore. ​ Initially released as a box office failure, the film would go on to gain a cult following and would end up becoming the number one VHS rental film after award nominations and word of mouth.  It is now considered one of the best films of the 1990's.   We have been shortlisted for a Rondo award.  You can vote via their website:  https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog.  Or you can vote via e-mail:  taraco@aol.com.  If you just want to vote for the Literary License Podcast, just cut and paste the following into your e-mail:   Best Multimedia Site:  Literary License Podcast.    Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Forming the Plot (08.33); Film Trailer (10.52);  Lights, Camera, Action (13.34); Forming The Plot (Take 2) (46.37); Trailer (Take 2) (49.32); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (51.40); Epilogue (1:28.37); End Credits (1:32.44); Closing Credits (1:34.47)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.  
Short Story: Fall of the House of User (1838) Film: House of Usher (1960) ​ The 1839 narrative short story by Edgar Allan Poe.  It is a Gothic short story with themes of madness, isolation, family and metaphysical identities.  The main characters of Roderick and Madeleine Usher are twins who are the exact doppelganger of each other.  Poe was inspired by Usher estate in Boston, MA.   In 1960, Roger Corman would direct and Richard Matheson was write the screenplay which would be the first of the Poe films they would do for AIP.  Shot in just fifteen days and starting Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey and Harry Ellerbee would mark AIP to graduate into widescreen technicolour filming.  The film is now considered a classic and is part of United States National Film Registry as being deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.32); Forming the Plot (07.43); Film Trailer (50.36);  Lights, Camera, Action (53.07); Epilogue (1:32.04); End Credits (1:36.56); Closing Credits (1:39.06)     Opening and Closing Credits – thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Dark Shadows - February 1967 Episode 158 - 177 ​ Elizabeth's memory has faded after seeing a shrouded figure and she becomes catatonic. Laura tries to get custody of David.  Josette makes a warning from beyond the grave. Roger urges for a divorce and another person falls victim to a curse.     Part Two of our interview with Rod Labbe.   Opening Credits; Introduction (1.09); Out of the Shadows (09.31); Into The Shadows (30.07); Shedding Some Light (37.39); Part Two - Interview With Rod Labbe (1:24.36); Morning Has Broken (2:07.44); Tune In Next Time (2:15.11); Closing Credits (2:24.09)   Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert   Opening and Closing Credits for Interviews – Happy Talk by Captain Sensible   All Rights Reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.  
Possession (1981)   The 1981 French-German psychological horror drama film was directed by Andrezj Zulawski.  The plot obliquely follows the relationship between an international spy and his wife, who begins exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking him for a divorce. ​ The films stars Sam Neil and Isabelle Adjani who won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival. ​ The film was originally banned in several countries but has since been released uncensored in those countries is now considered an arthouse classic.     Intersect, the film discussed can be located at  http://www.intersectthemovie.com/   Make sure you give it a click and let us know what you think.    Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (.49); Forming the Plot (10.28); Film Trailer (11.44);  Lights, Camera, Action (14.28); Epilogue (1:10.09); End Credits (1:17.35); Closing Credits (1:20.46)   Song Credits:  Thank you from Purple Planet Music for our Opening and Closing Credits.
Obsession ​ (1976) ​ Brian dePalma's 1976 psychological thriller/mystery follows a New Orleans businessman who feels guilt after his wife and daughter die during a botched kidnapping.  After many years, he falls in love with an exact look alike of his dead wife.   This would be the last film score of Bernard Herrman and the film would give a big nod towards Alfred Hitchcock as well.   There was some concerned over the complicated love story that would  give pause to Columbia who held back the film for a year.  The film would be the first successful box office success of dePalma which would lead to him directing his box office smash 'Carrie'. ​ ​Stoker (2013)   This 2013 British-American psychological thriller drama film written by Wentworth Miller and directed by Park Chan-wook, was influenced by Bram Stoker and Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt.  The film tells the story of an 18 year old girl whose life changes with the arrival of her Uncle Charlie to events that will lead to the calamity of the family.    The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman.  The highly visual and artistic film would divide critics and audiences by its contrast of styles that are a departure from the directors normal style as seen in his Oldboy film.   The film was posted in the top ten films of 2013 on numerous critics lists.    Opening Credits; Introduction – PO/Love of the Week (1.32); Forming the Plot (09.59); Film Trailer (11.36);  Lights, Camera, Action (13.15); Forming The Plot (Take 2) (36.38); Trailer Take 2) (39.56); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (42.19); Epilogue (1:10.45); End Credits (1:19.29); Closing Credits (1:22.54)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Short Story:   Ligeia (1838) Film: Tomb of Ligeia (1964) ​ Published in 1838, this short story by Poe would be rewritten many times.  Telling the story of Ligeia, a woman who beautiful with odd features who dies with the narrator being obsessed.  He remarries the complete opposite of Ligeia named Rowena.  When Rowena dies, Ligeia may be reborn within Rowena’s body.   There has been debate through the years of whether the story is a satire of Gothic fiction.   In 1964, Roger Corman would finish his series of Poe films with The Tomb of Ligeia with screenplay by Robert Towne (Chinatown).  Vincent Price was cast in the film as he had a contract with AIP who was financing the film.  Towne though Price to be too old and wanted Richard Chamberlain.  When Corman told Towne about Price being cast, Corman added that he shouldn’t worry as they hired Marlene Dietrich make-up artist for Price.    Opening Credits; Introduction (1.32); Forming the Plot (13,59); Film Trailer (47.55);  Lights, Camera, Action (50.30); Epilogue (1:18.22); End Credits (1:21.51); Closing Credits (1:24.11)   Opening and Closing Credits – thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.
Dark Shadows - January 1967 Episodes 136 - 157 ​ Burke asks Laura to help him with his manslaughter charges whilst Victoria helps David accept his mother.  Laura starts making enemies at Collingwood whilst two graves are found one hundred years apart with the same name.  Part One of our special interview with Rod Labbe, interviewer and writer.    Opening Credits (.27); Introduction (3.08); Out of the Shadows (11.03); Into The Shadows (22.23); Shedding Some Light (28.19); Part One - Interview With Rod Labbe (1:08.48); Morning Has Broken (2:22.30); Tune In Next Time (2:44.57); Closing Credits (2:47.56)   Opening Credits – It’s Christmas Eve by Alex Khashkin from the album A Christmas Horror Story   Closing Credits – White Christmas – by The Drifters from the album Christmas with the Drifters   All rights reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.  
Dark Shadows Fan Club Discussion The Christmas Episode   The Literary License Podcast is proud to present Dee Kearney, Cathe Tourkodimitris and Rod Labbe, Fan Club Presidents of the original Dark Shadows from 1966- 1971.  Dee, Cathe and Rod give an insightful information of what it took and the fantastic experiences they had being Fan Club Presidents to Marie Wallace, Louis Edmonds and Dennis Patricks.  They visited the sets and had personal correspondence and relationships with these remarkable people.  Three remarkable people join us for which we are truly blessed as they speak about a magical time that occurred during turbulent times.      A very special thank you to all our listeners and have a safe and happiest of holidays.  May your New Year ring bright.   Opening Credits – Welcome Christmas from the original motional picture soundtrack The Grinch   Closing Credits – Christmas Chimes Are Ringing Santa – from the television soundtrack Twas The Night Before Christmas   All rights are reserved.  
Dario Argento's Opera (1987)   Dario Argento’s classic film Opera is considered the most commercially successful of all of Argento’s work.  The music is composed by Brian Eno, Claudio Simonetti and Bill Wyman.  The plot focuses on murders in an opera house by a masked assailant.  Taking his experiences of directing the opera of Macbeth, Argento would be inspired to take his experiences and bring them to the screen.   The film stars Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini and Ian Charleston.  The film would have exciting set pieces and would capitalize on Argento death scenes that would be cut upon various releases throughout the world but have since have been reinstated in new releases in the film.  The film is presented in THX film and audio.   We are joined by writer and producer Joe (Caesar and Otto Deadly Christmas) Randazzo.  You can following John through: Twitter: joe_randazzo Instagram: joerandazzo624    Opening Credits (.22); Introduction (3.06); Forming the Plot (11.45); Film Trailer (14.25); Lights, Camera, Action (16.11); Epilogue (53.41); End Credits (1:03.26); Closing Credits (1:07.27)   Opening Credits – It’s Christmas Eve – by Alex Jaraway – from the album A Christmas Horror Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack   Closing Credits:  Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley – An Elvis Christmas   All songs rights reserved   All music available through Amazon.  
Repo!  The Genetic Opera (2008) ​ This 2008 science fiction, gothic rock musical horror comedy film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise), tells the tale of a world in 2056, a corporation funds transplants through a payment plan.  If the patient is late with their payment, the repo man comes and takes back their organs.     The film has a cult status that now equals the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The film stars Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Joan Jett and Bill Moseley.    ​The Devil's Carnival (2012)   2012 follow-up to Repo! The Genetic Opera brought back Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich.  The musical horror film tells the tale of the main characters who find themselves  caught in fables based on Aesop Fables.  This is the first of a trilogy of films with part two and three waiting to be filmed.  As it is self-funded, filming for part two started in 2014 being released as Alleluia:  The Devil’s Carnival.   The film stars Emilie Autumn, Sean Patrick Flannery, Briana Evigan, Paul Sorvino and Bill Moseley.  The stories included are Grief and Its Dues, The Dog and Its Reflection and The Scorpion and the Frog – an animal fable originated from Russia.   Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (08.02); Forming the Plot (17.01); Film Trailer (20.11); Page to Page (22.14); Outlining the Script (54.10); Film Trailer (55.30); Lights, Camera, Action (57.24); Epilogue (1:19.19); End Credits (1:26.56); Closing Theme (1:27.55)   Opening Credits – Chase The Morning/Everyone’s A Composer/Come Back! – by Alexa Vega/Sarah Brightman/Anthony Stewart Head/Nancy Long from the album  Repo:  The Genetic Opera It’s Christmas Eve – by Alex Jaraway – from the album A Christmas Horror Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack   Closing Credits:  Epitaph – Terrance Zdunich from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Repo:  Genetic Opera Do You Hear What I Hear/You Really Got Me – Bobby Lloyd and the Skeletons from the album A Christmas Party with Eddie G   All songs rights reserved   All music available through Amazon.
Short Story:  Tell Tale Heart (1843) Film:  Tell Tale (2009) ​ The unnamed narrator tries to convince the sanity of himself as he describes the murder that they committed.  The 1843 short story would give full details of dismemberment of a body and hiding.  Ultimately the narrators guilt or mental sanity will come in focus when he starts hearing the dead man’s beating heart.    Tell Tale is a 2009 science fiction horror drama film centre around a man who has a heart transplant as he looks for the man who murdered the donor before a similar fate befalls him.  The film came out quietly but has an impressive cast which includes Josh Lucas, Lena Headey and Brian Cox who are directed by Michael Cuesta and produced by Tony and Ridley Scott.   Opening Credits (.25); Introduction (3.09); Forming the Plot (7.47); Film Trailer (31.13);  Lights, Camera, Action (34.27); Epilogue (56.57); End Credits (58.42); Closing Credits (1:00.45)   Opening Credits – It’s Christmas Eve by Alex Khashkin from the album A Christmas Horror Story   Closing Credits – Jingle Bells by Ella Fitzgerald from the album Ella’s Swinging Christmas   All songs available from Amazon.   All rights reserved.
Dark Shadows - December 1966 Episode 114 - 135 ​ Victoria is in mortal danger and a mysterious woman with a past that concerns Roger and David comes to town.  The ghosts of Bill and Josette appear to right some wrongs.  The story of the Phoenix begins.   Part Two of our special interview with Kathleen Resch and Marcy Robin, Dark Shadows Convention Organisers concludes with some exciting and informative information on how to make a convention great.   Opening Credits (.27); Introduction (4.45); Out of the Shadows (12.20); Into The Shadows (19.44); Shedding Some Light (24.13); Part Two - Interview With Kathleen Resch and Marcy Robin (1:14.27); Morning Has Broken (2:15.03); Tune In Next Time (2:18.25); Closing Credits (2:21.39)   Opening Credit – Mother Stands For Comfort - by Kate Bush – taken from the album Hounds of Love   Closing Credits - Ciao! - by The Beautiful South - Taken from the album Gold Diggas, Head Nodders & Pholk Songs   All rights reserved.   All songs available through Amazon.
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