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Oct 30, 2020

We went long for our Hallowe’en Special Subject for 2020: Ominous Omnibi, featuring two eerie anthology films of the 1940s, Universal's star-studded Flesh and Fantasy, directed by Julien Duvivier during his WWII Hollywood sojourn, and Ealing Studios' Dead of Night, best remembered for its crowning tale, The Ventriloquist's Dummy, starring Michael Redgrave as a man in an agitated relationship with a prop. After warming up with some Robert Benchley and Oscar Wilde talk, we dig into Dead of Night and the uncanniness of male anxiety. Elise asks Dave to ponder the intrinsic horror of the double act. Prepare for many David Lynch comparisons and Twilight Zone episode recommendations. Happy Hallowe’en!

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s: Flesh and Fantasy (1943) [dir: Julien Duvivier]

0h 43m 14s: Dead of Night (1945) [dirs: Cavalcanti, Robert Hamer, Basil Dearden & Charles Crichton]

1h 55m 55s:  Listener email from Barry


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