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Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that ponders the question: "Which was better...the book or the movie?" We spoil away the details, uncover the plot points, discuss casting choices and shower with praise (or pummel with snark) as we see fit. Hosts are Margo P. (She's Nacho Mama's Blog) and Margo D. (Creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick.com) and we are not afraid to tell it like it is!

Book Vs Movie Podcast Margo Donohue

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 168 Ratings

Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that ponders the question: "Which was better...the book or the movie?" We spoil away the details, uncover the plot points, discuss casting choices and shower with praise (or pummel with snark) as we see fit. Hosts are Margo P. (She's Nacho Mama's Blog) and Margo D. (Creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick.com) and we are not afraid to tell it like it is!

    James and the Giant Peach (1996)Roald Dahl, Henry Sellick, Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow

    James and the Giant Peach (1996)Roald Dahl, Henry Sellick, Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow

    Book Vs. Movie: James and the Giant Peach

    Roald Dahl’s 1961 Children’s Novel Vs. the 1996 Henry Sellick Adaptation

    The Margos have covered Roald Dahl several times on this podcast for good reason, he has written dozens of interesting stories in the 20th Century. He is also a polarizing and controversial figure, but his influence on children’s literature is undeniable. James and the Giant Peach is very typical in his storytelling in that it features a protagonist who is a small child that is smart, lonely, and is abused by the adults in their lives. Dahl dedicated it in 1961 to his daughter Olivia who died from complications of measles only a year after the book's publication.

    James Henry Trotter is an orphan sent to live with two mean Aunts after his parents die. They work him tirelessly until he meets a magician who gives him magic crystals--that he loses almost immediately. But, soon, a giant peach grows on his front lawn, sending him on a grand adventure.

    The Giant Peach takes James and his friends all the way to New York City, where they find more fulfilling lives. It’s all so, Dahl-ish?!

    So between the book and the film, which did we like better?

    In this ep, the Margos discuss:
    Author Roald Dahl
    The themes of the book
    The live-action and animation of the movie
    The cast: Paul Terry (James,) Miriam Margolyes (Aunt Sponge,) Joanna Lumley (Aunt Spiker,) Pete Postlethwaite (Narrator/The Magician,) Steve Culp (James’ father,) Simon Callow (Mr. Grasshopper,) Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Centipede,) Jane Leeves (Mrs. Ladybug,) Susan Sarandon (Miss Spider,) and David Thewliss (Mr. Earthworm.)
    Clips used:
    Aunt Sponge & Aunt Spiker
    James and the Giant Peach trailer
    “Family song” James and the Giant Peach
    James’ Nightmare
    James in New York (Aunt Sponge & Aunt Spike Show Up)
    James’ friends show up to save him
    Music by Randy Newman


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    • 45 min
    Barefoot in the Park (1967) Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, & Neil Simon

    Barefoot in the Park (1967) Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, & Neil Simon

    Book Vs. Movie: Barefoot in the Park
    The 1963 Neil Simon Play Vs. the 1967 Robert Redford & Jane Fonda Film

    The Margos love a good love story with beautiful people and funny writing. Barefoot in the Park by playwright Neil Simon is a story about two young lovebirds who live in New York City as newlyweds and are trying to find their way in the 1960s. It was Simon's longest Broadway hit and had several adaptations over the years.

    Corie (played by Jane Fonda in the movie) is a “free spirit” married to Paul (Robert Redford, who originated the role on Broadway) and plays a handsome square/lawyer who wonders if life with Corie ultimately makes sense. Her mother (Mildred Natwick) meets their “upstairs” neighbor Victor and helps Paul see that maybe he can learn to loosen up.

    So between the two, which did we like more? The play or the movie?

    This episode is sponsored by Kensington Books and the novel Twice a Quinceaňera by Yamile Saied Méndez.

    “This book will set your dreams on fire” –praise for Yamile Saied Mendez by Reese Witherspoon for Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez.

    Instead of losing the deposit on her wedding venue, a jilted bride decides to throw herself a quinceañera (times two) for her 30th birthday in this effervescent rom-com from Yamile Saied Méndez, the acclaimed author of the Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club Pick FURIA. For fans of Never Been Kissed, 13 Going on 30, and The Wedding Singer…con azucar y amor.
    One month short of her wedding day—and her thirtieth birthday—Nadia Palacio finds herself standing up to her infuriating, cheating fiancé for the first time in…well, ever. But that same courage doesn’t translate to breaking the news to her Argentinian family. She’s hyperventilating before facing them when she glimpses a magazine piece about a Latina woman celebrating herself—with a second quinceañera, a.k.a. Sweet 15!

    Yamile (pronounced sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is an Argentinian-American Pura Belpré gold medal-winning author of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Voices of Our Nations (VONA). Her young adult novel, Fusia, was a Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine YA Pick, and she’s a founding member of Las Musas, a collective of women and nonbinary Latinx creators. Born and raised in Rosario, Argentina—to a family with roots from all over the world—she now lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband, five multicultural kids, two bilingual dogs, and one majestic cat. Visit her online at YamileSMendez.com. You can find her social media @YamilleSMendez

    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    The extraordinary life of Neil Simos
    The hotness of Jane Fonda & Robert Redford
    The 1960s rent in NYC versus today
    The cast: Robert Redford (Paul Bratter,) Jane Fonda (Corie Bratter,) Charles Boyer (Victor Velasco,) Midred Natwick (Ethel Banks,) Mabel Albertson (Harriet,) Fritz Feld (Restaurant proprietor,) James F. Stone (delivery man, ) and Ted Hartley as Frank.
    Clips used:
    Opening clip at the hotel
    Barefoot in the Park trailer
    Delivery men at the apartment
    1981 HBO production of Barefoot in the Park with Babara Barrie, Bess Armstrong, Richard Thomas, & Hans Conreid
    Corie gets advice from her mother
    Music by Neal Hefti

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    • 59 min
    Don't Bother to Knock (1952) Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark, & Anne Bancroft

    Don't Bother to Knock (1952) Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark, & Anne Bancroft

    Book Vs. Movie: Don’t Bother to Knock

    The Underrated Marilyn Monroe Film Noir Cult Classic Vs the Charlotte Armstrong Novel

    In 1952, Marilyn Monroe was a 26-year-old actor with several comedies under her belt but no dramatic parts to show her true range of talent. Don’t Bother to Knock adapted from Charlotte Armstrong’s 1951 novel Mischief gave her a chance to show her range and remains one of her best performances.

    The story centers on an unstable woman, Nell Forbes (Monroe,) who is hired to babysit for a couple at a hotel set up by her cousin who is taking care of her after a brief stay in a mental hospital in Oregon. While Nell takes care of the child, Bunny, she meets airline pilot Jed Towers (played by Richard Widmark) who soon learns that Nell is unstable and Bunny might be in danger.

    The cast is rounded out by Anne Bancroft in her first role as a jazz singer and Elisha Cook Jr. who plays Nell’s cousin Eddie. The story has unusual twists and turns as it ultimately becomes a morality play about knowing your nieghbors. And Marilyn is FANTASTIC in it!

    So between the novel and the film, which did we like better?

    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    Author Charlotte Armstrong
    Marilyn Monroe’s film career
    Film noir in the 1950s (Post WW2)
    The amazing cast: Marilyn Monroe (Nell Forbes,) Richard Widmark (Jed Towers,) Anne Bancroft (Lyn Lesley,) Donna Corcoran (Bunny Jones,) Jeanne Cagney (Rochelle,) Lurene Tuttle (Ruth Jones,) Elisha Cook Jr. (Eddie Forbes,) Jim Backus (Peter Jones,) and Willis Bouchey (the Bartender).

    Clips used:
    Eddie brings Nell to the hotel
    Don’t Bother to Knock trailer
    Nell tries to convince Jed to stay
    Jed tries to convince Len to love him
    Ruth knocks out Nell
    Music by Lionel Newman & Jerry Goldsmith


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    • 59 min
    Yellow Submarine (1968) "The Beatles" John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, & George Harrison

    Yellow Submarine (1968) "The Beatles" John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, & George Harrison

    Book Vs. Movie: Yellow Submarine
    The Beatles Classic Animated Psychedelic Trip

    In 1968, The Beatles were the biggest band in the world and were eager to finish their United Artists deal (the company that produced A Hard Days Night and Help!) with a film that would uplift their audience (which included kids and adults) and take the animation world to a new level beyond Disney and stop-action holiday specials. Yellow Submarine took a hodgepodge of Beatles classics, new numbers, filler tunes, and a “flower power" mindset to cement their reputations as daring creators.

    There is simply no easy way to describe the impact the “Fab Four” had on world culture in the 1960s in one show. However, we thought that expanding the idea of a “book” to an iconic song and how they showed their art in a whole new format was as interesting and an adaptation as we could unpack.

    The story of the residents of Pepperland who are under attack by the Blue Meanies and subsequently rescued by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearst Club Band (n their yellow submarine) is weird and funny. Directed by Canadian George Dunning and written by Lee Minoff and Erich Segal (of future Love Story fame) it features just a few moments of the lads of Liverpool at the end (thus fulfilling their contract) and is chock full of songs that will make you sing and hum and feel wonderful.

    It’s now considered a classic in animation, but is it any good?

    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    The story of The Beatles
    Animation in the 1960s
    The animated voices: John Clive (John Lennon,) Geoffrey Hughes (Paul McCartney,) Peter Batten (George Harrison,) Paul Angelis (narrator/Chief Blue Meanie/Ringo Starr,) Dick Emery (Max/Lord Mayor,) and Lance Percival (“Young/Old Fred”.)


    Clips used:
    Blue Meanies
    Yellow Submarine trailer
    “The Beatles” voices
    Jeremy Nowhere Man
    Robot Chicken version
    Music by The Beatles

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    • 48 min
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Ian Fleming, Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Benny Hill, & Roald Dahl

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Ian Fleming, Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Benny Hill, & Roald Dahl

    Book Vs. Movie: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    The 1964 Ian Fleming Story vs the 1968 Dick Van Dyke Movie

    The Margos can’t seem to escape the allure of Ian Fleming with an episode devoted to his only children’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which was published in October 1964--two months after his death at the age of 56. He wrote the story for his son Caspar and based many of the characters on his children and their friends with the backstory of “aero-engine racing carts” of the 1920s by Louis Zborowski in London.

    The story of Commander Caractacus Pott and his adventures with his car “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”--so named for the sound she made when in motion.” The car goes on many adventures around England and France, including the ability to “swim” and “fly” and evade bad guys that kidnap the kids to use them in robberies.

    Albert “Cubby” Broccoli produced the film which took many liberties with the basic story and added second-tier music from the Sherman Brothers (Disney masters who worked for MGM on this project.) It was nominated for an Academy Award for best song for the title track and was later adapted into a stage musical in 2002.

    So, which did we like more between the original story and the 1968 adaptation?

    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    The life of Ian Fleming
    The difference between MGM and Disney musicals
    The cast: Dick Van Dyke (Caractacus Potts,) Sally Ann Howes (Truly Scrumptious,) Adrian Hall (Jeremy Potts,) Heather Ripley (Jemima Potts,) Lionel Jeffries (Grandpa Potts,) Gert Frobe (Baron Bomburst,) Anna Quayle (Baroness Bomburst,) Benny Hill (Toymaker,) Robert Helpmann (Child catcher,) and Barbara Windsor (Blonde)


    Clips used:

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang trailer
    Music by The Sherman Brothers

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    • 52 min
    National Lampoon Vacation (1983) Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, John Hughes, & Harold Ramis

    National Lampoon Vacation (1983) Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, John Hughes, & Harold Ramis

    Book Vs. Movie: National Lampoon’s Vacation
    The 1979 Short Story by John Hughes vs the 1983 Chevy Chase Movie

    The Margos are celebrating summer with a look at one of the most popular “family” vacation movies ever filmed--National Lampoon’s Vacation. Directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, the film is remembered as a classic comedy but due to the National Lampoon magazine influence (we get into THAT history here!) It features crude, blue humor that was normalized by the magazine in the 1970s and is based on a John Hughes short story Vacation ‘58.

    John Hughes would go on to be THE John Hughes of teen comedies (Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles) and adult “dramedies” (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles & She’s Having a Baby) but at the time of this short story publication (Summer 1979), he was a young adman/copywriter who wanted to break into films. His story revolves around a family taking a road trip to California from Illinois in a station wagon. It’s funny and profane with many of the elements we would see in the adaptation.

    Harold Ramis directed the film on a tiny budget and made the father versus the son the protagonist. It is known today for its weird sense of humor, Christie Brinkley in a red Ferrari and one the best theme songs ever written (Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham.) Also, racism, incest, animal & elder abuse, masturbation, and Randy Quaid. This one is a real hodge podge of everything 80s in the best and worst possible way.

    So, between the original story and the 1983 adaptation--which did we like more?

    In this ep the Margos discuss:
    The incredible (and very short) life of John Hughes
    The impact of National Lampoon on comedy in the 70s and 80s
    The cast: Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold,) Beverly D'Angelo (Ellen Griswold,) Anthony Michael Hall (Rusty,) Dana Barron (Audrey,) Imogene Coca (Aunt Edna,) Randy Quaid (Eddie Johnson,) John Candy (Russ Lasky,) Christie Brinkley (Girl in the Bikini,) Eugene Levy (Ed, the car salesman,) and Jane Krakowski (Cousin Vicki.)


    Clips used:
    Clark gets the car
    National Lampoon’s Vacation trailer
    Randy Quaid BBQ
    Car crash scene
    John Candy Walley World
    Music by Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham

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    • 1 hr 5 min

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