Episode 216 – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

[threatening music, sinister, menacing voice] Mike wants to be your Manchurian candidate. But what do we really know about this so-called “Mike”? Is that even his real name? And is he really his own man, or is he just a puppet for the sinister “Bumpy” cabal? On election day, don’t put your fate in the hooves of this shill for Big Pony! Mike: bad for Manchuria, bad for you. I’m Max and I approve this message. [paid for by the Committee to Hit Mike Over the Head with a Pillowcase Full of Butterscotch Pudding and Skittles]

So yes, we’re closing out our “Conspiracy!” series with a true classic, the original “The Manchurian Candidate,” starring Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, but mostly starring Ol’ Even Bluer Eyes herself, Dame Angela Lansbury in a role that will surprise you. Seriously. Damn. People who’ve never even seen this movie know the term “Manchurian candidate” as a term for a political puppet or some such; that’s just how much the term has become part of the vernacular. And speaking of vernacular, tune in and hear use a bunch of it! That last sentence brought to you by the Committee for Very Clumsy Transitions. Enjoy! Vote Max!

Poll question: what on-screen romantic couple do you think had the worst, most unconvincing chemistry?

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2 thoughts on “Episode 216 – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)”

  1. The leads in “Valerian and 10o0 Planets” had absolutely zero chemistry and I even wondered if they were ever filmed in the same room because they seemed to have so little connection. I actually kept hoping one would die so A) the movie might end or B) another character with better chemistry would be brought in.

    1. I had such high hopes for that movie. It LOOKED fantastic, and I loved “Fifth Element.” I’ve never read the comic series this was based on, but it lasted quite awhile. And I totally agree with you; didn’t care about either lead and didn’t think they cared about each other, either. Thanks, Vince! Hope you see a good movie soon!

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