Book Vs Movie “All About Eve”

Book Vs Movie 

All About Eve

The Margos talk about one of the most famous fictional “Margos” in entertainment

The Margos are All About Eve in this Bette Davis-centered episode and considered us buckled up for this bumpy ride!

The story is based on actress/writer Mary Orr’s short story for Cosmopolitan magazine “The Wisdom of Eve” published in December 1946. It tells the tale of an actress (Margo Channing) who is threatened by a younger ingenue, Eve Harrington. At the time, people suspected it was secretly about the supposed rivalry on Broadway between Tallulah Bankhead and her understudy Lizabeth Scott. Orr claims it was actually about Martina Lawrence and Elizabeth Bergner. 

The story was bought by 20th Century Fox for $5000 and writer/director Joseph Mankiewicz created the script that would become the classic film that won six Academy Awards, fantastic performances, and a plethora of quotable lines that have lasted to this day. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The All About Eve origin story
    • Which actors did (and did not) get along
    • Trivia about the film and behind the scenes gossip
    • The amazing women in the film

Clips Featured:

    • All About Eve  trailer
    • Eve meets Miss Casswell
    • “Fasten your seatbelts…”
    • Bill loves Margo
    • Margo describes what it means to be a woman
    • Eve now belongs to Addison
    • Outro music Bette Davis Eyes (Performed by Kim Carnes)

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Book Vs Movie “The Big Sleep”

Book Vs Movie 

The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler’s Novel Vs the Bogie/Bacall Classic Film

The Margos are both working from home these days so we have some extra time to devote to the show. Meaning–a new episode each week for the foreseeable future. (Huzzah!)

This episode is devoted to Raymond Chandler and one of his best-known novels–The Big Sleep. This is the first novel to feature Detective Philip Marlowe and this story is filled with witty lines, nefarious people and double-crossing aplenty. If you are under the impression that this story will be slow and/or easy to understand because it was created almost 100 years ago–guess again. This is one of the most complicated plots we have tried to explain on this show and that is saying something!

The film was directed by Howard Hawks and features a script by William Faulkner and Leigh Brackett. We talk about all of the film trivia we can get our hands on and the incredible performances. So, if you are looking for differences between book & movie, click on the link below and listen! 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The life of Raymond Chandler
    • The popularity of detective stories and film noir in the 1940s
    • How Chandler created the novel out of several short stories
    • The tension between Hawkes, Bogart & Bacall
    • The unusual number of retakes created a year after the film was first made

Clips Featured:

    • The Big Sleep  trailer
    • Bogart & Bacall talking about “horses”
    • Bogart & the Book Shop Proprietress
    • Bogart & Martha Vickers scene
    • Bogart & Bacall last scene
    • Outro music And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine (Music by Stan Kenton & Charles Lawrence. Lyrics by Joe Green. Sung by Lauren Bacall)

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Book Vs Movie “Valley of the Dolls”

Book Vs Movie 

Valley of the Dolls 

The 1968 Jacqueline Susann Novel Vs the 1967 Camp Classic Film

“Sparkle, Neely Sparkle!”

The Margos are still enjoying the swinging 60s and what better way to celebrate than talking about the amazing Jacqueline Susann  who is the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times bestseller list. Though her work was critically panned at the time and she was considered a self-promoting hack by the literary elite (how dare they!) Susann is now an icon for fun-living women who dare to take up space. 

Valley of the Dolls caused a scandal at the time with its frank discussions about sex, sexism in show business, drug use, and cancer. But Susann had a flair for publicity, had a super-sharp wit and a husband (Irving Mansfield) who promoted her work with incredible enthusiasm. This woman practically invented the book tour and became just as famous as Truman Capote and Phillip Roth but for the fun, camp set. 

The movie directed by Mark Robson was rushed into production in 1967 and was seen as a bit trashy and embarrassing at the time. Today it is known as a camp classic. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. (P.S. We adore Jacqueline Susann!)

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The incredible life story of Jacqueline Susann
    • The world of the 1960s and why her work caused a scandal.

Clips Featured:

    • Valley of the Dolls  trailer
    • BBC Interview with Jacqueline Susann (1973)
    • Neely O’Hara & Helen Lawson fight
    • Neely & Tony Polar “sing” 
    • Outro music “Theme from the Valley of the Dolls” composed by Dionne Warwick

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Book Vs Movie “The Exorcist” (RIP Max von Sydow 1929-2020)

Book Vs Movie Podcast (Replay)

The Exorcist”

RIP Max von Sydow (1929-2020)


The Margos revisit the 1971 novel The Exorcist written by the very interesting William Peter Blatty.  Based on a true-ish story about a boy possessed by a demon in the 1950s Blatty changed some of the key details to create this fiction classic.

Director William Friedkin in 1973 just came off an incredible spate of box office successes including 1971’s The French Connection giving him an Academy Award for Best Director. The Exorcist became the biggest financial success of his career but turned out to be something of a curse as well.

The hosts read the book, watched the movie and decide which they like better in this episode. Plus, they talk about trivia about the book and movie.

In this episode they discuss:

    • The backstory of the “real” exorcism from the 1950s
    • Author William Peter Blatty’s writing process
    • The story behind the major casting choices
    • How some of the more famous scenes were created
    • The supposed “Exorcist” curse.

Clips used:

Original TV Trailer

Chris (Ellen Burstyn) speaks to doctors

Fathers Karas (Jason Miller) and Merrin (Max von Sydow) cast out the demon

“The Devil” and pea soup

Outro Music: “Tubular Bells”

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Book Vs Movie “The Manchurian Candidate” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie

The Manchurian Candidate”

The Richard Condon Novel Vs. the 1962 John Frankenheimer Cult Classic

The Margos have a thing for espionage and intrigue in this ep talking about the Richard Condon 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate which was bought by Frank Sinatra and United Artists films and made into a controversial movie in 1962. Detailing the life of former infantrymen who are brainwashed by the Soviet Union while captured in the Korean War and who later aim to overthrow the United States via a presidential election–it was considered a classic “bad book” by Time magazine (which meant it as a compliment) and seems prescient considering what is happening in politics today.

The story of Major Bennett Marco and Sergeant Raymond Shaw and their recurring nightmares over what they experienced makes up the rest of the book. In short, Shaw can become an assassin when given a “posthypnotic trigger” and his mother is married to Senator Johnny Iselin. She and Ray have an incestual relationship and she is working with the Communists to get her husband elected president.

The movie stars Sinatra as Marco and was directed by John Frankenheimer to little excitement in 1962 (go figure!) One year later President Kennedy was assassinated and the film was pulled from the public with fears it influenced Lee Harvey Oswald who was known to be a regular movie-goer.

The Margos discuss the book and the movie and decide which we like better. (Spoiler–it’s not even close here!) Check out the link below to listen to the episode.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The backstory about the author Richard Condon who went from Hollywood publicist to bestselling author
    • How the brainwashing theme was new in the late 1950s when it was introduced here.
    • The charges of plagiarism that came out years after he died.
    • How Sinatra helped put together a masterpiece of a film by working a short day (Frank never showed up before 11 am on a set!)
    • Why the film was considered so controversial, it was not considered a classic until a 1987 re-release.

Clips Featured:

    • “I Wanted a Killer” (Angela Lansbury & Laurence Harvey)
    • “52 Red Queens” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
    • “The Killing of Senator Jordan and Jocie” (Laurence Harvey, John McGiver, and Leslie Parrish”
    • “Meeting Rosie on a train” (Frank Sinatra & Janet Leigh)
    • “The Assassination scene” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
    • “The Garden Club Scene”

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Book vs Movie “The Color Purple”

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

The Color Purple”

The Alice Walker Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novel Vs the Steven Spielberg Multi-Academy Award Nominated Film

The Margos finally take on the Alice Walker classic The Color Purple which won both the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award in 1983. It went on to be adapted into a film by none of than Steven Spielberg who has appeared on this show several times so we may just have to change our name to the “Steven Spielberg Presents” show soon! (Kidding!)

Celie Harris is our lead character who is African American, poor, uneducated and being raised in America’s south in the early part of the 20th century. Her entire life she is abused by men including her stepfather (from whom she has two children) and then eventually her husband who is only referred to as “Mr” in the book and leaves his three wild children for her to raise.

Celie’s sister Nettie is sent away with a religious couple to a mission in Africa after almost being raped by Mr and the letters they exchange to make up the telling of the rest of the novel.

Spielberg’s movie is sort of the PG-version of what happens in the book with major subplots about lesbianism and the colonialism in Africa barely being hinted or discussed. However, the performances are next-level amazing which counts for its multiple Academy Award nominations.

So what are those changes? Which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to hear for yourself!  

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The interesting history of the author Alice Walker including years of feminist activism and her controversial political views these days.
    • How the novel is told in an epistolary form and how it makes it challenging to read at times
    • The road to the adaptation by Steven Spielberg and his rather restrained choices about racism, sexism, child molestation, and adult sexuality  
    • The controversy over how the African American male characters are depicted

Clips Featured:

    • The Color Purple (original trailer)
    • Whoopi Goldberg wins the 1986 Best Actress Golden Globe Award
    • Alice Walker gives her opinion on the film adaptation BBC Desert Island Discs May 19, 2013
    • Sofia confronts Celie
    • Celie meets her children for the first time as adults
    • Outro music Miss Celie’s Blues vocals by Tata Vega

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Book Vs Movie “Beloved” (Toni Morrison & Oprah Winfrey)

Book Vs Movie 

Beloved

The Toni Morrison Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Vs. the Oprah Winfrey Movie

It’s African American History Month and the Margos are eager to start with Toni Morrison’s 1987 widely-acclaimed novel Beloved which was turned into a movie with the help of Oprah Winfrey in 1998. 

This novel is a story about an escaped slave, Sethe (played by Winfrey in the film) who when was threatened with capture, killed her daughter rather than have her face a life of being in chains.  Her other children survive and eventually, they live a life as free people in Cincinnati. 

Sethe lives with her daughter Denver while two of her sons have long ago runaway.  Sethe and Denver believe their home is haunted by the spirit of her dead daughter. They rarely leave home and Denver is shy and lonely. Paul D. is a former slave of Sweet Home which is where Sethe and her family were kept before their escape across the Ohio River. 

He catches up with Sethe in Cincinnati and convinces her and Denver to enjoy an evening out when they come across “Beloved”–the spirit of her dead child in a woman’s form. Beloved is feral and causes a great deal of strife in Sethe’s life. 

The themes of the book cover everything from racism, sexism, class, spirituality, and the mother-daughter family dynamics and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and was a runner up for the National Book Award that year. (This caused quite a bit of controversy in the African American literary community!)

It is now considered one of Morrison’s best work while concurrently being banned from high school curriculums across the country. 

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The incredible life of Toni Morrison
    • The more controversial aspects of the book and why it is banned from so many schools 
    • The basic differences between book & movie. 
    • How Oprah Winfrey finally brought the adaptation to life

Clips Featured:

    • Beloved trailer
    • Paul D. & Sethe get closer
    • Outro music “Storise Khoro Goliamo” by Mita Stoychera

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Book Vs Movie: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Book Vs Movie 

The Lion, The With & The Wardrobe

The fantastical tale is the subject of this fantastical episode 

The Margos travel to Narnia and back to bring you the story about fascinating author C.S. Lewis and his classic children’s tales that make up The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis, an Irishman who attended schools in England, went from being an avowed atheist to a proponent of Christianity and he used his stories based on Pevensie children as the basis of having people understanding the power of Jesus. 

It all begins with the 1950 publication of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which tells the tale of Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan who are living in England during World War 2. One day they find a mysterious wardrobe and travel to the land of Narnia where they are known as the “sons of Adam” and “daughters of Eve” and animals can talk just like humans. 

The White Witch is in charge of Narnia and she keeps everyone in perpetual winter (and never Christmas! Aslan the lion is her nemesis. The Christian allegories write themselves in this very entertaining tale. 

The movie directed by Andrew Adamson stars interesting character actors Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, and Jim Broadbent and has an immense (supposed) $180 million budget and the special effects are next-level great. 

So between book & movie–which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The life story of C.S. Lewis & the history of the Narnia books
    • The basic differences between the 1950 book & 2005 movie. 

Clips Featured:

    • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe  trailer
    • The White Witch speaks with Aslan about the “traitor”
    • The children fight the wolves (melting ice scene)

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Book Vs Movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

It’s a Wonderful Life”

The Margos get out their hankies and talk about another holiday classic

“No man is a failure who has friends.” The Margos wanted to fit in one more holiday movie this year and what better way to celebrate than with the number one weepie of all time–It’s a Wonderful Life? (Yes, it was based on a short story The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern and you can read it for yourself in under 15 minutes.)

The Greatest Gift is the story of a man named George Bailey who wants to commit suicide. An unnamed stranger gives George his wish to see how life would be like if he had never been born. In the end, he chooses life. Van Doren Stern wrote this short story (which took him several years to finish) in 1944 and at first, he could not find anyone willing to publish it. Eventually, he self-published 200 pamphlets and sent as a Christmas card to family and friends.

Director Frank Capra eventually landed the property and decided to completely revamp the story to include George’s childhood and more. It is now considered a classic film but at the time it was a bit of a box office failure and Capra never really had the opportunity to see how his work influenced generations of storytellers for decades now.

In this show, we discuss the differences between the short story and the film. Which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

    • The backstory of author Phillip Van Doren Stern and how his holiday pamphlet turned into a beloved movie.
    • Director Frank Capra and his hard work getting the film made

Clips used:

    • It’s a Wonderful Life  trailer
    • George and Mary sing “Buffalo Gals
    • Mr. Gower hits young George
    • Clarence explains being “Angel Second Class”
    • George wants to live again

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Book Vs Movie: “A Christmas Carol” Plus, Top 5 Favorite “Scrooge” Adaptations

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

the 2009 Jim Carey Animated Movie

Plus, the Margos Pick Their “Top 5 Scrooge Performances”

The Margos continue their holiday celebrations with the all-time classic “A Christmas Carol”  by Charles Dickens. There have been hundreds of adaptations on the theme of Scrooge and is ultimate salvation but only one features stop-motion animation and Jim Carey so we pair the discussion with Disney’s A Christmas Carol directed by Book Vs Movie favorite Robert Zemeckis.

We had SO much fun recording this episode!

Topics we cover here:

    • The Margos each pick our favorite “Scrooge” adaptation
    • The incredible life story of Charles Dickens and the reasons he wrote A Christmas Carol
    • How England changed how they celebrate Christmas after the publication
    • Our favorite adaptations of the work
    • Jim Carey’s frenetic performance

Clips used:

Sir Patrick Stewart reading

Jim Carey as the Ghost of Christmas past & Scrooge

Vanessa WilliamsSleigh Ride”

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