Reading about the plan to base an Outer Limits movie on Harlan Ellison’s “Demon With A Glass Hand” started me free-associating about the titles of his greatest stories.
Do you realize that if Harlan had become a writer of Broadway musicals, he could have given his productions practically the same titles?
Consider these matches —
A traveling salesman cons parents in a small Iowa town into buying musical instruments by promising he’ll teach their kids to play. Only his love for the local librarian keeps him from making a getaway.
- Demon With A Brass Band
Ethel Merman stars as the well-meaning but ill-informed U.S. ambassador to fictional Lichtenburg who spends her time urging the monarchy to borrow oodles of cash from America.
- Call Me Maggie Moneyeyes
Sky Masterson is in a battle for men’s souls – will one roll of the dice change the future?
- City on the Edge of East River
This musical about a supercomputer that thinks it’s a god ends with a terrifying scene in which AM complains, “Too many notes!”, seals his victims’s lips, and forces him to hum the wordless tune, “I Have No Mouth, And I Must Sing.”
- Am A Deus
I’ve left a few choice ones for the rest of you in case you feel like playing along….