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Book Vs Movie “Road to Perdition”

 

Book Vs Movie 

Road to Perdition

The Margos Return to Graphic Novels in This Special Episode

The world of midwest Prohibition-era gangster life is the subject of this episode of Book Vs Movie with Road to Perdition–the 1998 graphic novel from Max Allan Collins and the 2000 film directed by Sam Mendes.  This returns the Margos to the graphic novel genre for the first time since Batman. 

The novel is the first in a series on a gangster family–the O-Sullivan’s. Michael O’Sullivan Sr. works for the Looney family and sees the head boss Michael Looney as a father figure. Michaels is known as the “Angel of Death” and a ruthless enforcer for the Looney family. You owe them money and don’t pay–Michael will make you pay the ultimate price. He is played by Tom Hanks in the movie. 

Michael has a wife (Annie) and two sons–Michael Jr. and Peter. One day, Annie and Peter are murdered and it’s up to Michael Sr. and his son as an unlikely duo to find the killers and avenge their loved one’s deaths. 

In the novel, we meet a cast of characters including real-life criminals Al Capone and his enforcer Frank Nitti. Eliot Ness also makes an appearance and John Looney is quite a bit different than his movie counterpart played by Paul Newman (called John Rooney in the film.) 

The movie sticks mostly with the basics of the plot with just a few name changes and without the appearance of Ness of Capone (Anthony LaPaglia filmed a scene as Capone that never made it to the final cut.) And Conrad L. Hall won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography who had passed away just before the award season. 

So between the graphic novel and short story–which did the Margos like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The author’s journey to this particular story
  • The biggest differences between the short story and the 2002 film 
  • Trivia about the shooting of the film
  • The cast includes Tom Hanks (Michael Sullivan Sr.), Paul Newman (John Rooney,) Daniel Craig (Connor Rooney,) Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annie Sullivan,) Stanley Tucci (Frank Nitti,) Tyler Hoechlin (Michael Sullivan Jr.), Jude Law (Maguire,) and Dylan Baker (Alexander Rance.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Road to Perdition  trailer
  • Michael Sullivan Sr. confronts Rooney
  • Connor Rooney “apologizes”
  • Maguire meets Michael Sullivan Sr. 
  • Outro music: Score by Thomas Newman

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Book Vs Movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Book Vs Movie 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

The Margos fight off the urge to daydream while we talk about the James Thurber short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the 1947 adaptation starring Danny Kaye in the title role. Mitty is a character that loves to get lost in his thoughts and in the original story–he spends a day in Waterbury, Connecticut thinking of a few heroic episodes that star him and his incredible imagination. 

The 1947 film takes place in New York City with Mitty being a magazine editor who daydreams while chasing a lovely Virginia Mayo. We have some thoughts about this particular adaptation.

So between the short story and the 1947 movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The life story of James Thurber 
    • The biggest differences between the short story and the 1947 film
    • The cast includes Danny Kaye (Walter Mitty,) Virginia Mayo (Rosalind van Hoorn,) Boris Karloff (Dr. Hugo Hollingshead) and Fay Bainter (Mrs. Eunice Mitty.)

Clips Featured:

    • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty trailer
    • “The Anatole of Paris”
    • “The Professor of Music”
    • Outro music “The Professor of Music”

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Book Vs Movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Book Vs Movie 

Coal Miner’s Daughter 

The Margos Head to Butcher Hollow to Talk About One of the Top Country Music Artists of All Time

Loretta Lynn is a multi-hyphen: singer, songwriter, musician, wife, mother, and author. The Margos were thrilled to discover that the 1980 movie Coal Miner’s Daughter was based on her 1976 autobiography of the same name. As superfans–we needed to bring this episode to our followers–you are all welcome!

Loretta began her life in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky and later became one of the most revered & successful artists in recorded music. She was the oldest of eight children and by the time she was just shy of 16–she married her life mate Oliver “Doolittle” Webb. The film stars an incandescent Sissy Spacek as Lynn, Tommy Lee Jones as “Doo” Lynn, and Levon Helm (of “The Band” fame) as her father, Ted Webb. 

Sure, you can argue that the movie follows the “music biopic” re the humble beginnings, the creation of the first hit song, drugs, loneliness, and the downside of fame. But dammit if this film isn’t first-class entertainment features incredible live singing performances and a complicated love story. And the hair in this film? To die for! 

Spacy won an Academy Award for her performance and the film aired on cable TV in the United States repeatedly throughout the 1980ss which means there is an entire generation that knows this movie backward & forwards. 

Lynn just released her second book Me & Patsy: Kickin’ Up Dust which is all about her friendship with the legendary Patsy Cline. At 87–she continues to be creative and vital. An example of resiliency to us all!

So between the autobiography and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The life story of Loretta Lynn 
    • How Sissy Spacek got into character for the part of her lifetime
    • Behind the scenes tidbits from the set

Clips Featured:

    • Coal Miner’s Daughter  trailer
    • Doo walks Loretta home
    • Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline
    • Doolittle in the studio
    • Outro music Coal Miner’s Daughter (Performed by Loretta Lynn)

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Book Vs Movie “Stand By Me”

Book Vs Movie 

Stand By Me

The Margos take on another Stephen King classic with Different Seasons’ story The Body and the Rob Reiner adaptation Stand By Me

The Margos are going back to Stephen King’s 1982 Different Seasons which features four novellas with a focus on the “summer” tale “The Body.” As written in the story, four young boys from Castle Rock Maine in 1960 who go on a quest to see the deceased body of Ray Brower–a 12-year-old who was most likely hit by a train. 

The boys (Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, Vern Tessio and Teddy Duchamp) all come from different levels of homelife abuse and/or neglect and the overnight journey gives them a chance to confront their fears of entering a new school in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, they are being chased by longtime Kind villain Ace Merrill and his mean, dimwitted crew of juvenile delinquents who want to find the body first for themselves. 

Rob Reiner’s 1986 adaptation is considered a modern classic featuring some amazing performances from the entire cast including Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Kiefer Sutherland just to name a few standouts. It also managed to bring Ben E. King back into the music charts with the use of his hit song “Stand By Me.” 

So between the novella and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The different stories from Different Seasons which were turned into films 
    • The process of changing the scenery and key plot points between book & movie
    • Trivia about the film and life for the young actors on the set

Clips Featured:

    • Stand by Me  trailer
    • Gordie confronts Ace
    • The “leeches” scene
    • The “train” scene
    • Chris talks about stealing money
    • Outro music Stand By Me (Performed by Ben E. King)

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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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