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Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast

Craig Beam (My Life in the Shadow of The Twilight Zone) jumps into the Twilight Zone podcast fray with his own unique and sometimes confusing take on the show. There will be swears, and lots of 'ums' and 'uhs.'
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Nov 22, 2020

Submitted for your approval, part two of our epic study of Rod Serling’s World War II PTSD-demon-exorcizing Twilight Zone episodes. This time we’re neck-deep in the Pacific Theater side of things, which happens to be where Serling served---- so the episodes we’re covering (“The Purple Testament” and “A Quality of Mercy,” plus “The Encounter” for good measure) have an added bit of emotional and existential weight to ‘em. Listen with horror as host Craig tries to keep things light in the face of such grim thematic material. If nothing else, our old buddy Dr. Reba Wissner shows up to make it all worthwhile whilst sparking copious amounts of unbridled joy.

 

“Strange Girl” performed by Hubert Laws (from the album Flute By-Laws, copyright 1966 by Atlantic Records)

“Over There” performed by Bob Crosby and His Orchestra (copyright 1942 by Decca Records)

“Turning Japanese” performed by The Vapors (from the album New Clear Days, copyright 1980 by United Artists Records)

“America, Fuck Yeah” and “America, Fuck Yeah (Symphony Bummer Remix)” written and performed by Trey Parker (from the album Team America World Police: Music from the Motion Picture, copyright 2004 by Atlantic Records)

Main title theme from the film Detour composed and conducted by Leo Erdody (copyright 1945 by Producers Releasing Corporation)

Main title theme from the film Cry Terror! Composed and conducted by Howard Jackson (copyright 1958 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

 

The American Masters documentary on Serling, Submitted for Your Approval, in blurry low-resolution on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ALNnImsmU

 

The Complete CBS Twilight Zone broadcast history, courtesy of The TZ Café’s Dan Hollis:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/twilightzoneworfr/complete-cbs-twilight-zone-broadcast-history-with--t312.html

 

My 2013 study of The Twilight Zone’s legendary Lost Five:

http://mylifeintheshadowofthetwilightzone.blogspot.com/2013/02/special-report-lost-five.html

 

Articles on the tragic accident during the shooting of Twilight Zone: The Movie:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight_Zone_accident

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/actor-and-two-children-killed-on-twilight-z

https://slate.com/culture/2012/07/the-twilight-zone-tragedy-how-vic-morrows-death-changed-the-way-films-are-made.html

 

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Oct 24, 2020

We’re back (after an unintentional 4-month absence) to dissect the classic Twilight Zone episodes “Judgment Night” and “Death’s-Head Revisited." Listen with horror as Craig tries valiantly to bring a sense of levity to the proceedings (spoiler alert: it doesn’t work). Achtung!

Wanna hire the mega-talented Rick Sellers for some voiceover work? Hit him up here:

http://www.richardsellers.com

Check out the awesome Shadows and Substance: Exploring the Works of Rod Serling blog:

https://thenightgallery.wordpress.com/

Pre-order Night Gallery: The Art of Darkness here:

https://creaturefeatures.com/?product=night-gallery-the-art-of-darkness-hardcover

“Welcome Back (theme from Welcome Back Kotter)” performed by John Sebastian (from the album Welcome Back, copyright 1976 by Reprise Records)

“Submarines” performed by Charlie and His Orchestra (recorded between March 1941 and February 1943). Do you want to know more? Check it out:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_and_his_Orchestra

 

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

 

Jun 28, 2020

This week Craig referees an epic bout between the classic Twilight Zone episodes “The Big Tall Wish” and “Steel.” One of ‘em will take home the championship belt, and the other will limp home with dashed hopes and shattered dreams. In between rounds, fan-favorite Dr. Reba Wissner pops in to give us the lowdown on the musical underscore. You can’t get this on Pay-Per-View, folks.

A goldmine of fake product labels: http://www.theearlhayspress.com/index.html

Get Dr. Reba Wissner’s essential A Dimension of Sound: Music in The Twilight Zone here:

https://www.amazon.com/Dimension-Sound-Music-Twilight-Media/dp/1576472167/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=REBA+WISSNER&qid=1591390085&sr=8-1

While you’re at it, snag Ron Rodman’s Tuning In: American Narrative Television Music:

https://www.amazon.com/Tuning-American-Narrative-Television-Oxford/dp/0195340248/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tuning+in+ron+rodman&qid=1591400600&sr=8-1

 

“Metal Health” performed by Quiet Riot (from the album Metal Health, copyright 1983 by Pasha Records).

 “This Is a Brawl” composed and conducted by Danny Elfman (from the album Real Steel: Original Motion Picture Score, copyright 2011 by Varèse Sarabande Records).

“Love theme from Chinatown (End Title)” composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith (from the album Chinatown: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, copyright 1974 by ABC Records)

 

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

May 17, 2020

This week Craig mines a solid two more hours of priceless conversation with celebrated screenwriter David J. Schow from their legendary 5-hour epic recording session from late April. Expect lots of twists and tangents and, as always, a lot of tongue-tripping from yours truly.

 

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

May 3, 2020

This week Craig welcomes the charming and erudite David J. Schow for an in-depth discussion of that venerable periodical Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine. I could go on, but really, I’d just be gushing. Just listen and be enthralled… if you dare.

The Twilight Zone Vortex is on a mission to review every issue of Twilight Zone Magazine:

http://twilightzonevortex.blogspot.com/2012/01/rod-serlings-twilight-zone-magazine.html?m=0

Here’s a great place to view the entire series of beautiful Twilight Zone Magazine covers:

http://realmsofnight.com/2015/11/28/the-twilight-zone-magazine/

Here’s another one:

http://www.luminist.org/archives/SF/TZ.htm

 

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Apr 19, 2020

Howdy pardners! This week we saddle up and transcend the shackles of time to corral the classic Twilight Zone episodes “Execution” and “Back There.” Along the way host Craig does his usual drooling over Forbidden Planet props and related gadget porn, and somehow The Smiths make an unlikely appearance. Giddyup!

Mohawk Midgetape 300 gadget porn:

http://vintage-technics.ru/Eng-Mohawk_Midgetape_300.htm

http://www.pimall.com/nais/pivintage/midgetrecorder.html

“Oscillate Wildly” performed by The Smiths (“How Soon Is Now?” single B-side, copyright 1985 by Rough Trade Records)

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Il Buono, Il Butto, Il Cattivo)” composed and conducted by Ennio Morricone (from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, copyright 1966 by Capitol Records)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Mar 29, 2020

This week Craig takes a break from social distancing and continuous hand-washing and goes spelunking into the depths of the cavernous CBS Music Library in search of sonic treasures from the greatest film and television composer of all time: Bernard Herrmann. It’s our longest episode to date, but only because it’s stuffed to the proverbial gills with music… thankfully our loquacious host lets the music do (most of) the talking. 

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ballot: https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=890

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Mar 15, 2020

This week Craig drinks the alchemist’s longevity potion and spends an eternity analyzing the classic Twilight Zone episodes “Long Live Walter Jameson” and “Queen of the Nile.” It’s a heady blend of Ken Burns-esque Civil War side trips, Nazi Germany flyovers, and ruminations on mortality. We Sphinx you’ll really like it.

 

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ballot: https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=890

 

 “Ashokan Farewell” performed by Russ Bareberg (from the album The Civil War: Original Soundtrack Recording, copyright 1990 by Nonesuch Records)

“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose: Dumpster” composed and performed by Mark Snow (from the album The X-files: Volume 2, copyright 2013 by La La Land Records)

 “Entr’acte (Caesar & Cleopatra)” and “Taste of Death” composed and conducted by Alex North (from Cleopatra: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, copyright 1963 by 20th Century Fox Records)

“Smokey Sax” by Hollywood Trailer Music Orchestra (from the album Film Noir: Vintage Cinema Classics, copyright 2015 by Megatrax Music)

“Cleopatra” performed by The Skatalites (from the album Foundation Ska, copyright 1996 by Heartbeat Select Records)

“Like Egypt Was” performed by Michael Penn (from the album Resigned, copyright 1997 by Epic/57 Records)

 

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Mar 1, 2020

We’re back! Love is in the air as Craig gazes seductively into the eyes of the first two Twilight Zone episodes he ever saw (“The Chaser” and “Jess-Belle”). Along the way he completely undermines his own efforts to be more “woke” when it comes to lusting after the opposite sex… just in time for Valentine’s Day (which was two weeks ago, so our perfect record of always being late remains intact). It’s a heady brew of Paley Center complaints, surprising Psycho tangents, and more cast connections than you can shake a silver hairpin at. Draw a warm bath, light some candles, and crack open the Courvoisier. Ooh la la!

 

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ballot: https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=890

 

“I’m in the Mood for Love” performed by the Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra (from the album Music for Lovers Only, copyright 1953 by Capitol Records)

“Love Potion No. 9” performed by The Clovers (copyright 1959 by Capitol Records)

“Every Breath You Take” performed by The Police (from the album Synchronicity, copyright 1983 by A&M Records)

“The Ballad of Jess-Belle (single edit)” performed by Terrea Lea (copyright 1963 by CBS Music)

“I Wonder as I Wander” performed by Terrea Lea (from the album Folk Songs and Ballads, copyright 1958 by HiFi Records)

“The Ocelot” composed and conducted by Joseph Mullendore (from the album Honey West: Original Music from the Soundtrack, copyright 1965 by ABC Records)

“Love Potion No. 9 (instrumental)” performed by Enoch Light and The Light Brigade (from the album Discotheque Vol. 2, copyright 1965 by Command Records)

 

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

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