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Apr 14, 2023

For our Universal 1942 episode, a very odd pairing: The Mad Doctor of Market Street, a mad scientist/ocean liner comedy/island adventure movie directed by low-budget noir auteur Joseph H. Lewis, and Alfred Hitchcock's first fully American movie, Saboteur, a fugitive-on-the-run thriller. We dissect the depiction of the fictional islanders in The Mad Doctor of Market Street and the movie's deconstruction of the science/magic dichotomy, before moving on to Saboteur's leftist take on fascism in the United States. And in our Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto segment, we talk about Ozu's A Hen in the Wind and Curtiz's Angels with Dirty Faces, which have nothing in common but very emotional endings. 

Time Codes:

0h 00m 45s:      THE MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET [dir. Joseph H. Lewis]

0h 24m 05s:      SABOTEUR [dir. Alfred Hitchcock]

1h 03m 52s:      Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto:  A Hen in the Wind (1948) by Yasujiro Ozu & Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) by Michael Curtiz


Studio Film Capsules provided by The Universal Story by Clive Hirschhorn

Additional studio information from: The Hollywood Story by Joel W. Finler



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* Check out Dave’s new Robert Benchley blog – an attempt to annotate and reflect upon as many of the master humorist’s 2000+ pieces as he can locate – Benchley Data: A Wayward Annotation Project! 

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