Saturday, June 27, 2020

4x07 "Bolie à Deux"




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:

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


“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)

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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. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

4x06 "DJS 2: Anthologic Boogaloo"



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.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

4x05 Special Report: Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine with David J. Schow





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:



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



Here’s another one:



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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.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

4x04 "Quantum Gleep"



Howdy pardners! This week we saddle up and transcend the shackles of time to corral the classic Twilight Zone episodes “Execution” and “BackThere.” 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:



“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.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

4x03 "Bernard Herrmann at CBS"





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.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

4x02 "Harum-Scarab"




This week Craig drinks the alchemist’s longevity potion and spends an eternity analyzing the classic Twilight Zone episodes “Long Live WalterJameson” 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.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

4x01 "Cupid Is as Cupid Does"




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.