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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 how deal with 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.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

FOUR DEAD QUEENS by Astrid Scholte

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.


Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process.

Four Dead Queens is one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2019! Get your copy today!

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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!)
  • The cast of the 1962 film including Laurence Harvey (Raymond Shaw,) Janet Leigh (Eugenie Rosie Chaney,) Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin,) James Gregory (Senator Iselin,) Leslie Parrish (Jocie,) and John McGiver (Senator Jordan)
  • 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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