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Shadows: The Rebellious Ones

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Val Lewton's chance to prove himself outside the horror genre has arrived.

If he and his team can turn the nationwide problem of juvenile delinquency into a dramatic hit, then it may mean his graduation from the "B-Division", and his escape from the oppressive executive producer who seems intent on thwarting his creative freedom.

But as the pressure begins to mount, Lewton will find himself facing a new threat; one that may put an end to not just his career, but his life...

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Special thanks to Mark Gatiss and Brook Darnell

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Shadows: The Lost Child

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Val Lewton has finally agreed to create a sequel to his biggest hit, 'Cat People'. But rather than produce a conventional continuation, Lewton has decided to delve into his own past, and to tell his most personal story yet, that of a childhood cut short by an over-zealous guardian.

But in doing so, will he repeat the mistakes of his own past?

Aiding him in his quest is a new director, whose meticulous plans for the film may be at odds with his own...

Featuring Mark Gatiss

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Shadows: Blood On The Water

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It is a time of change at RKO.

Val Lewton's horror movie unit is being widely imitated by Hollywood at large, all hoping to attract the kinds of audiences flocking to Lewton's modern brand of horror. But Lewton himself is facing an insurmountable problem: how to create RKO's first "Monster Rally".

The answer will come from the most unlikely of places: the Lewton family's private collection of letters...

At the same time, RKO boss Charles Koerner is demanding an interim movie, a horror set upon the seas to be called 'The Ghost Ship'. In order to bring it to life, Lewton will have to circumvent the attentions of an uncompromising new supervisor, as well as survive the eccentric excesses of his new technical advisor...

Meanwhile, at the Pasadena Playhouse, two writers have just staged an original play that will have a devastating effect on Lewton's career...

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Shadows: The Black Hearted

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'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

WARNING: This episode may contain stories that some listeners find upsetting or disturbing.

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Shadows: Song Of The Dead

Following the success of 'Cat People', Val Lewton has been assigned to create a film entitled 'I Walked With A Zombie'. 

RKO's B-movie boss, Lew Ostrow, is insistent that the film should follow the formula being employed by the horror department at Universal Pictures.

But Lewton's plans for the film are far more ambitious...

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Shadows: The Boy From The Black Sea

Once upon a time, horror cinema was changed forever by the fiercely inventive imagination of a remarkable man...

In Part One of 'Shadows: The Val Lewton Story', hear the curious beginnings of a cinematic legend, whose uniquely terrifying creations were influenced by the dark brand of folklore upon which he was raised...

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