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The Literary License Podcast Explores the Book to Screen and Everything Inbetween
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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.
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.
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