Ed. Note/Sidebar: Due to the recent Me-TV affiliation switch in the Frederick/Washington area (Me-TV moved from WJLA-TV 7 to Fox O&O WTTG-5’s sub-channel, along with unsuccessful attempts at receiving WTTG and WBAL’s over-the-air digital signals for Me-TV), the local cable provider near the home office of “Silver Screen Reflections” has still not added WTTG’s new Me-TV sub-channel.
After recent discussions with a rep from my local cable provider, they claimed that it would take a week for them to restore Me-TV to my cable lineup. I have also inquired the management of WTTG to see if they have worked out a deal with my local cable provider to restore Me-TV (as of this writing, I have not received any replies from the management of WTTG/Fox Television Stations).
I do not want to miss out on Sven’s premiere of “Rodan” this Saturday (unfortunately, I missed out on his recent showcase of “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man”).
I definitely do not want to miss out on another fun live-tweeting session during Svengoolie’s showcase (w/ fellow fans of Sven throughout the country)!
Fingers crossed that Me-TV will be restored to my cable lineup soon (before Svengoolie and “Rodan” this Sat. night)! Now on to the article! –C.H.
Fans of “Svengoolie” and Toho Studios’ “kaiju” monster films will be excited when he will showcase another cult gem featuring another creature of Japanese cinema.
“Svengoolie” presents: “Rodan” (1956)
The beloved Chicago-based horror host will be showing Toho Studios’ 1956 kaiju classic, “Rodan” this Sat., April 8 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“Rodan” was directed by Ishiro Honda, who also directed Toho Studios’ legendary kaiju creature film, “Godzilla” (1954, released in the United States under the title of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters!” in 1956. Sven showcased the 1956 North American dub of Honda’s “Godzilla” during his festival of Godzilla flicks back in Feb. on Me-TV).
According to IMDB, Honda’s “Rodan” was released to theaters in Japan by Toho in December 1956. The dubbed version of the film was released to cinemas throughout the United States in August 1957 by the Distributors Corporation of America, or DCA (RKO Radio Pictures handled the distribution of Toho Studios’ “Rodan” in other territories).
Who was in “Rodan” (1956)?
The actors who appeared in “Rodan” were Kenji Sahara (as Shigeru Kawamura, Sahara was credited as Kenji Sawara), Yumi Shirakawa (as Kiyo), Akihiko Hirata (as Professor Kyuichiro Kashiwagi) and Akio Kobori (as Officer Nishimura).