WARNING: This episode contains stories, descriptions and details that some listeners may find upsetting or disturbing. If you would like further details about the subjects discussed in this episode, please refer to the guide at the bottom of these show notes. These subjects are discussed between and 0:31:10 and 1:19:07. Please proceed carefully.
'The Leopard Man', Val Lewton's third horror film for RKO Studios, is to be an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's shocking murder mystery novel, Black Alibi. But in Lewton's hands, the project has become an opportunity to not only express his dark creativity, but also to tap into the childhood fears of its director, Jacques Tourneur, and to introduce the serial killer into American cinema.
But Lewton's team has more at stake than a simple movie.
Should the film become a success, then the creative partnership at the helm of their endeavours will be broken apart.
And should that happen, Val Lewton will be forced to make a terrible choice...
Featuring Mark Gatiss
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EPISODE GUIDE: Some of the subjects discussed in this episode include descriptions of crimes carried out by real-life serial killers. This includes assault, murder, violence, child murder and sexual violence. These subjects are discussed between and 0:31:10 and 1:19:07. Please proceed carefully.