NOTE: (The YouTube clip is a promotional ad for the United Kingdom Region 2/PAL Odeon DVD release of the 1943 Universal thriller).
The legendary Chicago-based horror film host will be showcasing James Hogan’s 1943 thriller, “The Mad Ghoul,” this Sat., April 22 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV. This isn’t the first time that Sven has shown “The Mad Ghoul,” he had previously showcased the 1943 Universal horror flick back in Sept. 2013 and Aug. 2014 on Me-TV.
Who was in “The Mad Ghoul?”
The actors who appeared in “The Mad Ghoul” were David Bruce (as Ted Allison), Evelyn Ankers (as Isabel Lewis), George Zucco (as Dr. Alfred Morris) Turhan Bey (as Eric Iverson) and Robert Armstrong (as Ken McClure).
Zucco, Ankers and Amstrong’s past roles
George Zucco had also appeared in other horror flicks that have been shown by Sven on Me-TV, including “The Cat and the Canary” (1939, as lawyer Crosby, opposite Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard). “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940, as Andoheb, with Tom Tyler) and “The Mummy’s Ghost,” (1944, where Zucco played the High Priest), just to name a few.
Two years before she appeared in Universal’s “The Mad Ghoul,” Evelyn Ankers played the role of Gwen Conliffe in the studio’s 1941 hit “The Wolf Man” (w/ Lon Chaney, Jr.; Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William, Patric Knowles and Maria Ouspenskaya).
Robert Armstrong was better known for his role of Carl Denham in Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1933 hit for RKO Radio Pictures, “King Kong” (w/ Fay Wray). Armstrong would also reprise his role of Denham in the follow-up sequel that was released the same year, “Son of Kong.”
“The Mad Ghoul:” James Hogan’s last feature
Evelyn Ankers’ singing voice was not used in “The Mad Ghoul”
According to additional information on IMDB’s trivia entry, Evelyn Ankers wanted to showcase her singing talents in “The Mad Ghoul.” Due to the tight production schedule on the Universal film, associate producer Benjamin Pivar would recycle existing stock source music recordings of contract player Lillian Cornell. During Ankers’ singing sequences in “The Mad Ghoul,” she would lip-sync to Cornell’s recordings.
Be sure to see Svengoolie and “The Mad Ghoul” this Sat. on Me-TV:
With several familiar faces from the silver screen, you will not want to miss out on Sven’s showcase of “The Mad Ghoul” (1943) this Sat. on Me-TV!
Sat., April 22 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
***Ed. Update (April 21)***: Comcast has finally restored Me-TV to the Frederick County/Montgomery County, Maryland/Washington, D.C. cluster lineup! That means that I will be able to watch Svengoolie again (starting this Sat.)! I will be live-tweeting with my fellow Svengoolie fans from coast-to-coast!
It’s wonderful to be back with my fellow fans of Sven! Peace! -C.H. (4/21)
In Washington, D.C./Frederick: WTTG 5.3
In Baltimore: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to WBAL’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
(April 20) Editorial Note: I (almost) came close to receiving Me-TV last week (not in my neck of the woods)…
After another series of unsuccessful tests for receiving up the digital signals of Fox O&O WTTG 5 (UHF 36) and Hearst’s WBAL-TV 11 for Me-TV (with another antenna at the home office of “Silver Screen Reflections”), I decided to see if I could receive one of the digital over-the-air signals at the campus of my Alma Mater (Hood College in Frederick, Maryland). hoping to see Svengoolie’s presentation of “Curse of the Werewolf” last week on Me-TV.
I decided to use one of the class labs on the second floor of Rosenstock Hall, with the use of an indoor amplified antenna (since the lab had an unused portable Haier LCD monitor, with the use of my family’s spare Zenith/LG digital-to-analog converter box- due to the device’s real-time signal strength meter).
As I put the antenna close to the window that was facing east (by manually putting in UHF 36, which shows up as “virtual channel” 5)- low and behold, I received WTTG’s digital signal! I tuned into 5.3 for WTTG’s Me-TV sub-channel! I could not believe that I was receiving WTTG’s over-the-air signal (this was done during an airing of “The Wild, Wild West”) for Me-TV. The interesting part about this is that the indoor antenna that i was using was originally designed to pick up stations that were 20 miles away. WTTG’s Wisconsin Ave. tower and studio complex is approximately 40-45 miles away from downtown Frederick!
Unfortunately, WTTG’s digital signal strength did not last long (due to cloudy conditions) and Hood was closing their campus early (in observance of the spring holidays). Now that Hood has resumed normal hours, here’s hoping that I will be able to catch Svengoolie this week on Me-TV (if possible). I still miss live-tweeting with my fellow Svengoolie fans during his horror film showcase on Me-TV. -C.H (4/20).
“Silver Screen Reflections” will be on the lookout for future developments (if there are any updates in relation to the restoration of Me-TV on area cable systems,).