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You Get Covid! And You Get Covid! Episode #353

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 353

“You Get Covid! And You Get Covid”

 

Happy Almost Autumn, Neighbors! We have a fall-like bounty in terms of pop culture nuggets for you this week. First, let’s all bask in the glory that was the RHOSLC premiere. Wow, Bethenny, wow!  So much to feast on here. Then, in RHOBH, Erika tells the most nonsensical series of events that makes her seem like Kristin Wiig’s Penelope character; RHOP, Come to beautiful Surrey County, VA, located in Potomac, MD! We continue our love fests w/ Only Murders in the Bldg. & Ted Lasso. We also talk Morning Show, season 2 premiere. Two real cases in the news–the Murdaugh family murders & the Gabby Pettito case–have us transfixed. You in, Neighbors? 

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What a Creep: Henry Ford (Inventor & Creep!)

What a Creep: Henry Ford

Season 12, Episode 7

Inventor Creep

Henry Ford rose from obscurity to become one of the most successful men in history. His Ford cars ushered in the modern world. But he was also a racist and anti-semite, who tried to control his workers’ lives and bullied the people closest to him. He’s a creep.

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Trigger warnings: Anti-semitism and racism

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Book Vs Movie “In a Lonely Place” (1950) Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame

Book Vs. Movie: In a Lonely Place

The 1947 Novel Vs the 1950 Humphrey Bogart

The Margos go back to Bogie and film noir with In a Lonely Place which was written by Dorothy B. Hughes in 1947 which tells the story of a homicidal maniac on the loose in post-War II Los Angeles. Dix Steele was an airman who prowls around LA and its environs in search of the perfect woman to strangle to death. 

In the novel, the story is told from his point of view and his hatred of women and fear of getting caught by his LA detective pal Brub Nocholi and his suspicious wife Sylvia. The story is scary and gripping but in 1950, the Hays code still had a grip on Hollywood and a screenplay filled with murder would shock its audience too much. 

Nicholas Ray directed the 1950 film that stars Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame and over the years has become a film many experts praise for being ahead of its time. Though Bogart is not a killer he has been known to be violent. Dix is a screenwriter and Graham plays Laurel Gray, an actress looking for a good script. 

The story is twisty and weird which makes for a unique film experience. 

So, between the novel and the movie–which did we prefer? 

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In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes
  • The film noir movies of the time and how Hollywood is presented
  • Biggest differences between book & movie.
  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart (Dixon Steele,) Gloria Grahame (Laurel Gray,) Frank Lovejoy (Brub Nicholai,) and Jeff Donnell (Sylvia Nicholai) 

Clips used:

  • Laurel learns about the murder
  • In a Lonely Place trailer
  • Dix loses it driving
  • Last scene of the film
  • Music by Hadda Brooks 

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Book Vs Movie “AI: Artificial Intelligence” (2001) Haley Joel Osment & Jude Law

Book Vs. Movie: AI: Artificial Intelligence

Brian Aldiss’s Supertoys Last All Summer Long Vs. the 2001 Steven Spielberg Film

Twenty years ago, Steven Spielberg released a longtime project with his friend Stanley KubrickAI: Artificial Intelligence. Kubrick bought the rights to the 1969 short story from author Brian Aldiss (which appeared as Supertoys Last All Summer Long in the August 1969 issue of the UK edition of Harper’s Bazaar. The story is about a robot child being jettisoned by his parents when permitted to have a baby and a dystopian future where overpopulation has caused the management of families. 

Kubrick liked the idea of a story about a neglectful parent but thought there weren’t any child actors who could accurately play the part. After he died in 1999, Spielberg took over the project and divided to flesh out the story with Mechas (humanoid robots) and hired actor Haley Joel Osment to lead David. A young Mecha is programmed to love his mother. When she decides to abandon him after he has behavioral issues, the story turns into a tale of David, his “Teddy” bear friend, and Jude Law (a hustler Mecha) to now underwater NYC to find the “Blue Fairy” to make him a real boy. 

The film divided the critics and the audience, with some praising the vision and others finding the “Kubrick Vs. Spielberg” styles making a messy picture. Now that 20 years have gone by, there are now think pieces about its brilliance. 

So, between the short story and the movie–which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • David meets an advanced Specialist
  • AI trailer
  • David is driven away 
  • Gigolo Joe talks about David’s mother 
  • David at the Flesh Fair
  • Music by John Williams

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What a Creep: Jeffrey MacDonald (Family Annihilator & Creep!)

What a Creep: Jeffrey MacDonald

Season 12, Episode 6

Family Annihilator & Creep

Jeffrey MacDonald was convicted in 1979 of murdering his wife and two daughters on the night of February 17, 1970. At the time he was a doctor for the United States Air Force, his wife was expecting their third child (a son) and he told his wife that he wanted to live in Russia for a few months and work on the US Army boxing team. They had an argument heard by the neighbors and later he called the police saying he and his wife Collette were attacked by a group of hippies.

The next ten years was a whirlwind of activity with a cast of characters that are almost too nutty to be the truth and one of the most talked-about true crime stories in US History.

Trigger warnings: Murder, domestic violence, and family annihilators. 

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What a Creep: Richard Scott Smith “Love Fraud”

What a Creep: Richard Scott Smith

Season 12, Episode 5

The Love Fraud Creep

Richard Scott Smith, the subject of the documentary Love Fraud, meets middle-aged women, love bombs them, and then drains them of their life savings. He moves on to the next con, leaving these women with massive debt. He is a narcissist and a bigamist, and a real creep.

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Trigger warning: Gaslighting and domestic violence

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Book Vs Movie “A Face in the Crowd” (1957) Andy Griffith & Patricia Neal

Book Vs Movie: “A Face in the Crowd”

The Budd Schulberg Short Story Vs the Elia Kazan Classic Film

Every once in a while we come across a story that was created decades ago and has themes that transcend time. This is the case with 1957’s A Face in the Crowd which talks about class distinctions in America, the power of the media, what it takes to relate to the “common man” and how power corrupts. (Whoa–this one really stands the test of time!) 

The original story, Your Arkansas Traveler, was featured in a collection from Some Faces in the Crowd by Budd Schulberg and published in 1953. It tells the story of an Arkansas drifter, Lonesome Rhodes (LR,) who rises to fame on regional radio with his country, “aw shucks” style and eventually becomes an egomaniac as a national TV star. Oh, and he has political clout as well!

In the story, he is discovered by radio producer Marcia Jeffries who at first is charmed by LR and his plain-spoken ways. Eventually, she realizes he is a dangerous narcissist and works to stop him from having too much power. LR in the meantime has a wife he needs to get rid of, a teenage bride to keep him company, and a rabid audience that hangs as his every word. In the end, he dies before he can wreak too much havoc. 

Schulberg wrote the screenplay for On the Waterfront and trusted director Elia Kazan to tell his story. The 1957 film stars Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Lee Remick, and Walter Matthau and while the film received mixed reviews at the time (the New York Times thought Andy Griffith overshadowed everyone in the film)–it is now considered a prescient classic.

So, between the short story and the movie–which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The original short story by Budd Schulberg
  • Behind the scenes of the movie fleming   
  • Why it was considered controversial at the time 
  • Starring: Andy Griffith (Lonesome Rhodes,) Patricia Neal (Marcia Jeffries,) Anthony Franciosa (Joey DePalma,) Walter Matthau (Mel Miller,) Lee Remick (Betty Lou Fleckum,) and Percy Waram as General Haynesworth.)

Clips used:

  • Marcia meets LR
  • A Face in the Crowd trailer
  • LR and Marcia argue over his marriage
  • “Mama Guitar” & baton scene
  • LR breaks character on the air
  • Walter Matthau’s last scene
  • “Vitajex” commercial/music by Tom Glazer

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Erika Trouble –Episode # 351

Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 351

“Erika’s Trouble”

 

Summer’s coming to an end, Neighbors. What are you watching? This week, we talk our usual shizz about our Housewives, RHOP- Gizelle vs. Wendy; RHOBH (Dorit vs. Garcelle; Erika vs Sutton); and in last place, RHONY (what even happened? I seem to remember ugly PJs.). We also talk more about Netflix’s THE CHAIR; HBO Max’s The Other Two & 100 Foot Wave; plus a bunch of podcast recs. Savor these last moments of summer, dear Neighbors!! 

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Book Vs Movie “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) Glenn Close & John Malkovich

Book Vs Movie: “Dangerous Liaisons”

The 1782 Novel Vs the 1985 Play & the 1988 Movie 

The Margos get a little sexy and wicked with this 1782 “libertine novel” from Pierre Chodlerlos de Laclos, a French writer and Army General who ten years before the French Revolution published four volumes of “Les Liaisons dangereuses” about a pair of manipulative rivals in the bourgeoisie. Marquise de Merteuill and her past lover/frenemy Vicomte de Valmont compete via letters to seduce others just for the fun of it. 

They include lonely wife Madame de Tourvel, innocent Cécile de Volanges, and her suitor Le Chevalier Danceny who are all caught up in the web of seduction, lies, and all are caught up in the tragedy. 

The story has been adapted many times as a movie, play, opera, and ballet. The 1988 Stephen Frears film is the first American/English language production and features John Malkovich and Glenn Close as the two evil leads who wreak havoc on characters played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, and Keanu Reeves (really!) Nominated for several Academy Awards, the movie is now considered a classic and with the gorgeous costumes and art direction–it’s a beauty to watch. 

So, between the novel, the play, and the movie–which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory of the author Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • France right before the revolution  
  • The cast members who became sex symbols afterward 
  • Starring: John Malkovich (Valmont,) Glenn Close (Isabelle Merteuil,) Michelle Pfeiffer (Tourvel,) Uma Thurman (Cecile,) Swoosie Kurtz (Madame de Volanges,) and Keanu Reeves as Danceny. 

Clips used:

  • Isabelle talks about why she manipulates men
  • Dangerous Liaisons trailer
  • Valmont promises Tourvel they can be freinds
  • Valmont and Dancey have a duel
  • Audience boos
  • Music by George Fenton

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What a Creep: Cullen Davis (Texas-Sized Creep!)

What a Creep: Cullen Davis
Season 12, Episode 4

Texas-Sized, True Crime Creepiness

In the 1970s, Cullen Davis was one of the richest men ever charged for murder. He was so wealthy that he was able to outspend the entire State of Texas in his defense. Cullen was said to be the inspiration for JR Ewing of 80s hit TV show Dallas. He also (allegedly) was a cruel, mean, and violent man behind the doors of their mansion.

His acrimonious divorce from Priscilla Davis made all the papers, and on the night of August 2, 1976, he was charged with murdering her 12-year-old daughter, her new boyfriend (Stan Farr,) and injured two others. He was tried several times for different crimes and always seemed to buy his way out of trouble.

In this episode, we will explain why he is a Creep, try to bring some awareness to the true victims, and show how it was easy to buy justice back then.

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse, and Animal Abuse.

Sources:

New York Times

Dallas Magazine 1977

Texas Monthly 2013

Texas Monthly 1979

Texas Monthly 1977

Texas Tragedy by Greg Brown

American Justice by A&E Season 16 Episode 8

Texas Justice (1995) Heather Locklear, Peter Strauss, and Dennis Franz

CBS News 48 Hours: Season 30, Episode 19 “Murder in the Mansion” 

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