Season Four

September 2020

I Need A Hero

Book To Screen

Book: 

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

Film:

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

 

Beginning in the early days of the Hundred Day period, this adventure story deals with hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness.  It centres on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. His plans have devastating consequences for both the innocent and the guilty. 

 

The 1934 film directed by Rowland V Lee and starring Robert Donat and Elissa Land, this would be the first sound adaption of the film (there were five silent films before this).  The film would prove to be a box office smash which would lead to two sequels.  The film takes some liberties from its source material.  To date the only adaption that is faithful to the film is a 39 part ITC television serial starring Richard Chamberland from 1975.

Opening Credits; Introduction (.53); Plot Synopsis (8.13); Forming the Plot (14.49); Book Thoughts (49.01); Story Geeks – What to Watch This Week (52.19); Introducing a Film (55.25); Film Trailer (56.20);  Lights, Camera, Action (58.37); Epilogue (1:19.23); End Credits (1:24.23); Closing Credits (1:25.08)

Opening and Closing Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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Bewitched

Season 1

Episodes 1 - 4

 

Starting with the pilot episode which begins the tale of a witch marrying a mortal and television comedy gold is born.  Samantha and Darren are wed much to the annoyance of Endora.  They purchase their first home together.  Darren’s alcoholic client makes a pass at Samantha and turns into a dog.  Endora and Darren meet face to face.  Special Guest Stars include:  Alice Pearce, Nancy Kovack and Jack Warden.

Opening Credits; Introduction (.36.21); Bewitching Going Ons/Which Witch Is Which:  Episode 1 – I Darren Take This Witch Samantha (7.44); Episode 2 – Be It So Ever Be Mortgaged (27.37); Episode 3 – It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog (52.55); Episode 4 – Mother Meets What’s His Name (1:09.31); Story Geek:  What To Watch During The COVID Crisis (1:34.37); Witch or Mortal (1:37.14); The Bewitching Hour (1:47.01); The Midnight Hour (1:57.01); End Credits (2:04.04); Closing Credits (2:05.36)

Opening Credits– Theme Song from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller

 

Closing Credits – Closing Credits from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller

 

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Nature Vs Man

Two for One

The Toxic Avenger (1984)

 

An American superhero black comedy splatter film, the film was directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Hertz and written by Kaufman and Joe Ritter.  Largely ignored on its initial release, the film would find its audience and a long and successful midnight movie engagement at Bleecker Street Cinema in New York City in 1985.  The film is considered a cult classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Class of Nuke’em High (1986)

 

This American science fiction, horror comedy film was directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Richard W Haines with New York holographer Jason Sapan providing the laser effects.  The film would spawn four sequels and there is talk about a remake in the works.  Although panned upon its initial release, the film has a strong cult following that continues to grow.

We are joined by special guest co-host Joe Randazzo

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.34); Story Geek – What To Watch During COVID Crisis (11.13); Man Messes With Nature (13.46); Toxic Avenger Trailer (15.07); Why God? (18.17); Reflect on Man’s Quest (45.21); Nature Messes With Man (57.28); Class of Nuke’em High Trailer (57.56); Mother Nature’s Revenge (1:01.13); Nature Lives To Fight Another Day (1:20.55); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

Dark Shadows

December 1967

Episodes 275 – 395

 

Nathan pursues Millicent’s affections after finding out how much money she has.  Angelique is forced to cast a new spell on Josette because of her wedding plans with Barnabas has been moved up.  Josette disappears before the ceremony.  Abigail and Natalie are sure there is a witch operating in Collinwood.

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October 2020

The Future Of Our World

Book To Screen

Book:  Treasure Island

             by Robert Louis Stevenson

Film:    Treasure Island (1950)

 

First published as a serial in the children’s magazine Young Folks from 1881 – 1882 and later as a book in 1883, this is considered the first coming of age novel and is noted for its atmosphere, characters and action.

 

In 1950, Disney studios would film an adaption directed by Byron Haskins and starring Bobbie Driscoll and Robert Newton.  This would be Disney’s first completely live action and first screen adaption of Treasure Island in color.  Filmed in entirely in England, the film would be released on home video with nine minutes cut to ensure it received a G rating but has since been released on video in its uncut format. 

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 5 - 8.

 

Samantha offers to help Darren with his soup campaign much to his annoyance.  Samantha helps a neighborhood boy to gain self-confidence. Witches are being stereotyped by the advertising agency much to the dismay of Aunt Clara, Bertha and Mary.  Darren is putting in overtime leaving a bored Samantha to zip off to Paris with her mother only to meet Mr Tate.  Special Guest Stars include:  Charlie Ruggles, June Lockhart, Jimmy Mathers, Shelly Berman, Reta Shaw, Madge Blake and Marion Lorne.

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

The Children (1980)

 

The low budget horror film directed by Carlton J Albright, tells the tale of five children infected by a yellow cloud that turns them into bloodless zombies with black fingernails who microwave everything.  The film would be noted for its score written by Harry Manfredini who would score big with his Friday the 13th score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Children (2008)

 

The 2008 British horror film directed by Tom Shankland, opened to positive reviews in the UK and US.  The film would tell the story over the Christmas season where the children come down with a mysterious illness that causes them to kill anyone who is an adult or over the age of 16.  The film is known for its violence against the virgin snow that falls against the innocence of children.

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Dark Shadows

January 1968

Episodes 396 - 418

 

Barnabas and Angelique get married.  Reverend Trask exorcises the old house whilst Angelique frames Victoria.  Barnabas overhears Angelique spell.  Barnabas shoots Angelique.  Angelique casts a spell on Barnabas who grows old and dies.  Barnabas rises from his coffin and Sarah gets sick and dies from pneumonia.

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SOAP

SOAP

Episodes 1- 8

 

Benson has problems with Chester, Jessica is having an affair, Jody is gay and in love with a football star.  Danny is employed by the mob.  Burt.  Corrine is in love with a priest.  Danny must kill Burt.  Chuck and Bob come to live with the Campbells.

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November 2020

Mother Nature Prevails

Book To Screen

Book:  Call of the Wild

             By Jack London

Film:  Call of the Wild (1934)

 

Published in 1903, this short adventure novel would tell the story of a Buck, who is stolen from his home and sold into the service of being a sled dog.  The story would first be serialised in 1903 in the Saturday Evening Post and later put together as a novel in 1904.

 

The film directed by William A Wellman and starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young and Jack Oakie would omit all the storylines but one.  The film would be a box office success and be the last film released by 20th Century before merging with Fox to become 20th Century Fox.  The film would later be recognised as the film that Clark Gable impregnated Loretta Young whom gave birth to their illegitimate daughter Judy. 

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 9 - 12.

 

A teenage reporter has a crush on Darren.  Samantha’s father comes to call.  Endora sends a gorgeous model to entice Darren.  Miscommunication takes over as Darren thinks Samantha is pregnant.   Special Guest Stars include:  Cheryl Holdridge, Maurice Evans and Maureen McCormick.

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

Them! (1954)

 

This 1954 black and white film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn and James Arness would be the first nuclear monster big insect film.  Originally to be filmed in 3D and in color, this has to be scrapped due to malfunction of the 3D cameras.  The film would be the number one highest grossing film for Warner Brothers.  There are cameo appearances by Dick York and Leonard Nimoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

 

This 2002 horror, monster, comedy, action film would be directed by Ellory Elkayem and star David Arquette, and Scarlet Johansson.  The film would be a modest hit but would gain a following upon its released on home video.  The film would feature seven types of spiders.  The film was to be named Arach Attack but due to the Iraq war it was renamed after a line Arquette ad-lipped from the film ‘Get Back!  You eight legged freak!!

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Dark Shadows

February 1968

Episodes 419 - 439

 

Angelique tricks Josette up on Widow’s Hill.  Josette jumps to her death.  Victoria is convicted of witchcraft. 

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December 2020

It's Christmas!!!

Book To Screen

Book:  A Christmas Carol

            By Charles Dickens

Film:  A Christmas Carol (1951)

          aka released as Scrooge in the UK

 

Published in 1843, the story would vitalised the Victorian Christmas traditions that were being looked at during this time.  It would be the influence of Western style Christmas ever since. 

 

In 1951, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Alastair Sims as Scrooge would be considered the best adaption of the story that is most definitely had its share of adaptions.  In the US, the film was to premiere at the Radio Music Hall in New York but was considered to gloomy and dark for their festive environment.  The film was a huge hit in the UK but a disappointment in the US where they felt that Christmas films should be bright and cheery. 

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 13 - 16

 

Samantha plays matchmaker to two very different people.  Samantha meets Darren’s parents.  Samantha and Darren go to the North Pole.  Samantha helps Zeno the Great get his mojo back..  Special Guest Stars include:  Adam West, Chris Noel, Mabel Albertson, Robert F Simon, Bill Daily, Billy Mumy and Walter Burke.

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

The Toxic Avenger – The Musical (2018)

 

Based on the 1984 film with book written by Joe diPetro with music by David Bryan, both would write the lyrics together.  Opening in 2008, the musical would receive multiple nominations and embrace hard nosed theatrical critics the world over.  The show would play all over the world while smashing attendance records for an off Broadway tour and has played Australia, Canada, UK and across the USA.  The video is available through Broadway HD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Evil Dead – The Musical (2019)

 

First performed on stage in 2003 in Toronto, the musical would take Toronto by storm and break box office records across the globe.  It has played Japan, Korea, USA and Canada and is considered to revival the Rocky Horror Picture Show as being the best theatrical experience.  Interesting fact:  if you sit in the first four rows, they give you a raincoat to wear so your clothes do not get spoiled by the gore flying off of stage.  The book and lyrics are by George Reinblatt with Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morgan and George Reinblatt writing the music. 

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Dark Shadows

March 1968

Episodes 440 - 460

 

Barnabas tells Joshua of his predicament.  Nathan marries Millicent and drives her insane.  Nathan plans to get a hold of Daniel’s money.  Joshua can’t bring himself to destroy Barnabas but instead chains him inside his coffin.  

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January 2021

Monsters In The Face of Humans

Book To Screen

Book:  The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

             by Victor Hugo

Film:    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

             (1939)

 

Published in 1831, Victor Hugo would make a stand against Gothic buildings being modernised or torn down to make way for more modern buildings.  Notre-Dame is a main character within the text creating long standing narrative about the famous building that doesn’t really add to the story. 

 

In 1939, William Dieterle would direct and the film stars Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara in the starring roles.  The film would tack on a happy ending that most film adaptions still use creating a romantic dramatic film.  Paris and Notre-Dame were built on a western ranch in Culver City and the film would have the essence of World War II as it stirs up feelings of Jews displacement during this time.  The film would become a box office hit.  The film was made for $1.8 million and considered one of the most expensive films by RKO at that time.

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 17 - 20.

 

Darren receives the gift of witchcraft.  Darren suspects a sexy model’s cat is Samantha.  Endora turns on the charm when she meets Darren’s parents.  Darren suspects that his new male intern is a warlock.     Special Guest Stars include:  Martha Hyer, Peggy Lipton

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

28 Days Later (2002)

 

Directed by Danny Boyle and starring Cillian Murphy, Charles Eccelston, Brendon Gleeson and Naomi Harris, this British apocalyptic film would be a box office success garnering a sequel in 2007.  Considered to be the film that introduced fast moving zombies, when in fact, it was Return of the Living Dead that actually started this trend.  The film would deal with the evil of man and disease when it gets out into the streets of London. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 Months Later (2007)

 

The sequel to the successful 28 Days Later, the film would be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadilo and star Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne and Idris Elba.  The film would be a success and receive good critical reviews.  It is a direct sequel and deals what the rage virus is introduced into a safe zone due to two people’s direct consequences by putting their needs above the common good.

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Dark Shadows

April 1968

Episodes 461 - 482

 

Victoria is hanged a  witched and switched back to Present Day Collinwood.  Julia warns Barnabas to leave Victoria alone or she will expose him.  Barnabas is worried that Victoria knows his true self.  Dr Eric Lang finds out that Barnabas is a vampire and tries to cure him.  Dr Lang shows Barnabas the dead body he plans to use to cure Barnabas.

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February 2021

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

Book To Screen

Book:  The Time Machine

             by H G Wells

Film:  The Time Machine (1960)

 

Published in 1895, the science fiction novella would popularize time travel using a device or a contraption.  The story shares Wells socialist political views, his views on life and abundance and contemporary angst against industrial relations. 

 

The 1960’s George Pal MGM film, starring Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux and Alan Young would use stop motion animation to help flourish the story.  The film was a box office success.  Pal wanted to film in London but to budgetary reasons had to settle for Culver City in California.  Interesting fact, George Pal was going to film a sequel but unfortunately he died before production.

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 21 - 34.

 

Samantha turns a Siamese cat into Ling Ling.  Darren sees a 300 year old painting that looks like Samantha.  Samantha helps traffic move along.  Endora turns herself into Samantha creating two to wreak havoc on poor Mrs Kravitz.     Special Guest Stars include:  Vic Tayback

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

Mad Max (1979)

 

Directed by George Miller and starring Mel Gibson, this Australian dystopian action thriller would take the world by surprise.  Presenting a picture of societal collapse against mayhem and murder an unhinged police cop would go on an odyssey of revenge.  The film would earn more than $100 milllion worldwide and become an instant cult classic.

 

Mad Max:  Fury Road (2015)

 

Directed by George Miller and starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Houltt and Zoe Kravitz, the film would be a huge box office success making it the most profitable of all Mad Max within the franchise.  Tom Hardy takes over the role of Mad Max whilst Miller installs the story with themes of vengeance, solidarity, home and redemption.

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Dark Shadows

May 1968

Episodes 483 - 505

 

Cassandra is not who she says she is.  Dr Lang starts his experiments.  Julia and Barnabas create Adam and the dream curse starts making its rounds.

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SOAP

Episodes 9 - 16

 

Jodie goes for a sex change operation.  Jessica finds out that Chester is having an affair.  Peter is murdered.  Eunice is having sex with a Congressman.  The Campbells and Tates speculate on who killed Peter.  Danny breaks in to the mob house to be accousted by Elaine the sex starve daughter of the mob boss.  

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March 2020

No Man Is An Island

Book To Screen

Book:  Robinson Crusoe

            By Daniel DeFoe

Film:  Robinson Crusoe (1954)

 

Published in 1719, the novel firstly was published under the name Robinson Crusoe leading many people to think the story was real and the book was a travelogue about incidents.  It was the beginning of the realistic novel and gave birth to modern fiction.

 

Directed by Luis Brunel in 1954 and starring Dan O’Herlihy who was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor, the film is considered one of the first survival films.  The film deals with a man who loses his mind and finds companionship as his only salvation.  Many of the crew were sick from malaria and dysentery causing numerous delays upon its release and filming.  Jaimie Fernandez spoke no English and learned on set at the same time his character Friday did.

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 21 - 34.

 

A flirtatious neighbour creates havoc in the Steven’s household.  Samantha learns to drive by a nervous wreck instructor.  Aunt Clara becomes the go to babysitter in the neighbourhood.  Samantha uses her powers to open the garage.  Special Guest include:  Paul Lynde,

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

Color Out of Space (2019)

 

Richard Stanley's directorial comeback and based on a short story of HP Lovecraft, The Color Out of Space is a truly original film starring Nicholas Cage.  This is the first installment of a hopefully trilogy of Lovecraft films directed by Stanley to come.  The film was a critical success using visual stylings and great performances from Tommy Chong, Nicholas Cage, Joely Richardson and the young cast to make a film that haunts long past the final credits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beachhouse (2019)

 

Directed by Jeffrey A. Brown in his directorial debut. It stars Liana Liberato and Noah Le Gros as a college-aged couple who take a vacation to a beach house, where they meet an older couple (Maryann Nagel and Jake Weber) and are threatened by a mysterious infection that spreads across the coast.  

Given a chilling example of how the world will try to survive at any cost, this film plays havoc on your brain through the final hours which is probably more effective than Jaws because you never know what lurks beneath the ocean surface.

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Dark Shadows

June 1968

Episodes 506 - 524

 

Barnabas has decided that Adam must die.  Professor Stokes hides Adam and teaches him how to speak. 

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April 2021

Life Will Never Be The Same Again

Book To Screen

Book:  Gulliver’s Travels

             By Jonathan Swift

Film:  Gulliver’s Travels (1939)

 

Published in 1726 as a novel to vex the world rather than divert it, this novel is about human nature and part of the traveller’s tales subgenre.  Printed several years after DeFoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the book is looked as a rebuttal to the classic novel. 

 

The 1939 cel animated Technicolor feature film produced by Max Fleischer has several directors each taking a part of the film.  It is the second full feature animated film to be made by an American studio following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  Originally, Popeye was cast in the leading role but this was scrapped.  Nominated for two Academy Awards, the film would lose out to the Wizard of Oz

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 29 - 32

 

Samantha convinces Gladys that she has ESP.  Darren spends time with sexy Dora D D Danger O’Reilly, sister of Pleasure O’Reilly, Endora gets a handsome warlock to woo Samantha.  Larry believes that Darren is having an affair with Louise.  Gladys kicks Abner out of the house only for him to outstay his welcome in the Steven’s household.  Special Guest Stars include:  Beverley Adams and Christopher George.

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

 

Directed by George Romero and starring Duane Johnson and Judith O’Dea, would give rise to the independent horror.  The film was made for $110,000 and shot outside of Philadephia.  The film would gross $30million upon its release.  A cult classic today and highly regarded as one of the best horror films of all time, upon its initial release, the critics were less than favourable.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

 

The 1985 American comedy horror film written and directed by Dan O’Bannon and starring Clu Gulagar, Thom Matthews and Linnea Quigley.  The film is the first film that would introduce some Zombie tropes such as fast moving, able to talk and the hunger for brains.  The soundtrack which includes bands such as The Cramps, The Damned, The Flesh Eaters and SSQ is considered one of the best post punk soundtracks of all times.

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Dark Shadows

July 1968

Episodes 525 - 548

 

Adam dies causing Barnabas to die.  Stokes and Julia dig up Barnabas who is not a vampire but alive causing Adam to come alive.  Nicholas encourages Adam to lie and cheat. 

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May 2021

Life Is Not Forever

Book To Screen

Book:  The Picture of Dorian Gray

             By Oscar Wilde

Film:  The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

 

First published in 1890 in the Lippincott’s Monthly magazine, this Gothic philosophical story offended England upon its release due to its lack of moralistic value.  500 words were excised from the text by the magazine editor and Wilde himself would be forced or face a jail sentence to take out certain scenes which would corrupt the moral majority 

 

The 1945 American horror film directed by Albert Lewin and starring George Saunders, Donna Reed, Peter Lawford and Angela Lansbury in her first American film role.  Two paintings of Dorian Gray were used with the second is in the Art Institute in Chicago whilst the other sold at Christie’s Auction House for $149,000 in 2015 and is in a private collection. 

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Bewitched

Season 1.  Episodes 33 - 36.

 

Endora changes Darren’s face.  Darren blames Samantha for backing the wrong candidate.  Samantha helps promote Mario’s.  Edgar appears and sets his eyes on Samantha.    Special Guest Stars include:  Marilyn Hanold, Vito Scotti and Arte Johnson.

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

The Day After (1983)

 

An American television film that broke viewing figures with more than 100million people (39 million households) watched upon its release.  It is the seventh most highly viewed event for television of all times.  The film stars JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum, Jason Robards and John Lithgow.  The film would explore what would happen if a nuclear war broke out and missiles hit close to two towns in the mid-West

 

Testament (1983)

 

Directed by Lynne Littman and starring Jane Alexander, Kevin Costner, Lukas Haas, Rebecca De Mornay, and William Devane, the story tells how a small community falls apart after a nuclear explosion in San Francisco.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award and is considered one of the most important American films to come out of the 80’s.

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Dark Shadows

August 1968

Episodes 506 - 524

 

Barnabas has decided that Adam must die.  Professor Stokes hides Adam and teaches him how to speak. 

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SOAP

SOAP

Episodes 16 - 25

 

Corrine finds out that Ingrid is her mother.  Jessica is arrested for murder.  Danny must marry Eunice. Elaine's affair takes a turn.  Burt become impenitent.  Jodie finds himself in bed with Carol.  Jessica's trial starts.  Father Tim is leaving the priesthood and we find out who may or may not have killed Peter.

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June 2021

Women Rule

Book To Screen

Book:  Little Women

            By Louisa May Alcott

Film:  Little Women (1933)

 

Originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, tells the story of four siblings and based on the writers own family as they go from girl to women.  The author would write two sequels for the book and gave birth to the sentimental novel for children.

 

Directed by George Cukor and starring Katherine Hepburn, Joan Bennett and Frances Dee, it would be the first talking version of the film, the other two versions were silent.  It would spawn one sequel called Little Men which was released.  Cukor’s focus on hardship and relief partnered with intense familial commitment creates a nostalgic and sentimental picture of joyfulness, moral improvement, and social progression.  The film one Academy award out of three it was nominated for.  

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Bewitched

Season 2.  Episodes 1 – 4.

 

Samantha finds out she is pregnant.  Darren starts to neglect Samantha. Darren’s old army buddy is a victim of a 300 year old curse.  Mistaking the Tate’s son to be his grandson, Maurice whisks the boy off to a Warlock Convention.  Special Guest Stars include:  William Redfield

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

The Attack of the 50ft Woman (1954)

 

The 1958 science fiction film directed by Nathan H Juran and starring Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers, was released as other giant monster films were being released.  Originally considered just a concept, the film would be put in production independently and released by Allied Artist.  The film dealt with a heiress who has an encounter with a UFO and is grown much to her philandering husband’s dismay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

 

The science fiction comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Lily Tomlin and life partner Jane Wagner, stars Elizabeth Wilson, Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty and John Glover, a take off of the 1957 classic film The Incredible Shrinking Man.  Lily Tomlin plays four parts in the film.  Interestingly enough, the film deals with chemicals that we use in our food and cleaning products and the adverse effect these have. 

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Dark Shadows

September 1968

Episodes 571 - 591

 

Joe has a hunger for blood and asks Maggie to help him out.  Carolyn can’t figure out what to do with Adam.  Jeff is enticed to make another monster.  Barnabas and Julia figure it is time to get Adam a date.

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July 2021

There Is Something In The Water

Book To Screen

Book:  Alice in Wonderland

            By Lewis Carroll

Film:  Alice in Wonderland (1951)

 

Released in 1865 by author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll would be instant success.  The book has never been out of print and has influence the fantasy genre.  Considered one of the best examples of literary nonsense playing with logic which makes it fun for adults and children alike.

 

A financial failure upon its released, it has later become very successful through television premiere on the Wonderful World of Disney and its release due to the psychedelic generation who cherished the film.  It is considered one of the best adaptions of the classic novel.  It was one of the first videos offered on the newly home video market in the late 80’s.

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Bewitched

Season 2.  Episodes 5 - 8

 

Uncle Arthur makes a house call.  Samantha loses her powers after becoming ill.  Endora turns herself into a little girl and curses Darren.  Aunt Clara gives Darren and Samantha clothes that slowly vanish.  Special Guest stars:  Paul Lynde, Jack Collins, Maureen McCormick

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

Ticks (1993)

 

Directed by Tony Randel and starring Seth Green, Ami Dolenz and Clint Howard, the film was direct to video which found its cult audience through video rentals.  Dealing with steroids, the film deals with the consequences of what happens when it disrupts the balance of nature. 

 

Stung (2015)

 

This 2015 German/American co production is directed by Benni Diez and stars Matt O’Leary, Lance Henricksen and Jessica Cook.  The film was a stand out upon its release at the Tribeca Film Festival.  The film received great reviews based on its performances, script and plotting. 

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Dark Shadows

October 1968

Episodes 592 - 614

 

Adam tries to put Carolyn’s life force back into her body.  Adam goes a killing spree in Collinwood.  Nicholas summons the most evil woman in history.  Eve opens her eyes.  Joe throttles Barnabas with a rope.

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SOAP

Episodes 26 - 33

Chester attempts suicide and goes to jail.  Chester gets bullied by Dutch.  Burt may or may not be having an affair.  Jodi moves in with Carol.  Dutch and Eunice have sex.  Tim thinks he is cursed for marrying Corrine.  Sally is horny for Burt and Carol is pregnant.

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August 2021

Can It Get Any Bigger

Book To Screen

Book:  Moby Dick

            By Herman Melville

Film:  Moby Dick (1956)

 

Released in 1851, the story is told from the point of Ismael, who tells the tale of Captain Arab’s obsession on revenge on a great white whale.  A failure upon its release until William Faulkner and D H Lawrence gave it the title the Great American Novel that the book was re-released and considered a classic.  In Melville’s lifetime, the book only sold 3,200 copies but has since then sold approximately 1million copies a year. 

 

The John Huston directed with screenplay by Huston and Ray Bradbury, the film stars Gregory Peck, Richard Baseheart and Leo Genn.  The critics classified this as an instant classic upon its release.  Steven Spielberg wanted to use footage from the film for Jaws but Gregory Peck declined saying he was unhappy with his performance.   

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Bewitched

Season 2.  Episodes 9 - 12

 

Samantha writes a play about the American Civil War.  Endora turns Darrin into an 8 year old boy.  Aunt Clara’s old boyfriend comes to visit.  Samantha babysits a ten year old warlock.  .  Special Guest Stars include:  Billy Mumy, Charles Ruggles, Craig Hundley

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Man Endangers The World

Two for One

Godzilla (1954)

 

This Japanese classic released in 1954 is about a huge monster who comes alive during a fear of nuclear holocaust during a post-war Japan.  Using a filming technique called suitmation (an actor dressed in a suit).  In 1956, a highly edited version was released for the American market and was a big triumph.  It spawned numerous sequels and is the longest running film franchise in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Godzilla (2014)

 

The American monster film directed by Gareth Edwards, is a reboot of the Japanese franchise.  The film’s success lead to the Toho company in Japan to film their own reboot continuing the story of this iconic character.  The American version would deliver two sequels, Godzilla, King of the Monsters and released in 2020, Godzilla vs Kong. 

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Dark Shadows

November 1968

Episodes 615 - 635

 

Barnabas is reburied.  Roger catches Eve and Jeff in an intimate moment.  Vickie and Jeff plan on getting married.  Vickie Winters gets re-casted.  Adam makes a last stand.

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