Realart re-issue trailer for Universal Studios’ “Night Monster.”
Who was in “Night Monster” (1942)?
The players who appeared in “Night Monster” were Bela Lugosi (as Rolf), Lionel Atwill (as Dr. King), Ralph Morgan (as Kurt Ingston), Leif Erikson (as Laurie), Irene Hervey (as Dr. Lynn Harper), Don Porter (as Dick Baldwin), Nils Asther (as Agor Singh) and Frank Reicher (as Dr. Timmons).
That same year, Bela Lugosi appeared in Universal’s “Ghost of Frankenstein” (Lugosi played the role of Ygor, alongside Lon Chaney, Jr; who played the role of Frankenstein’s monster).
21 years after “Night Monster,” Don Porter played the role of Russell Lawrence in the third “Gidget” film, “Gidget Goes to Rome” (1963, featuring Cindy Carol as Frances “Gidget” Lawrence). Porter would reprise his role as Gidget’s father in the 1965-66 “Gidget” TV series (featuring Sally Field in the title role).
“Night Monster,” Janet Shaw and the “Master of Suspense”
According to IMDB’s trivia section on “Night Monster,” Alfred Hitchcock attended a screening Beebe’s Universal horror film. Hitchcock enjoyed Janet Shaw’s performance in “Night Monster,” and would later cast Shaw in the role of Louise in his second Universal feature, “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943).
Released as a double feature presentation with another Universal horror film
In Oct. 1942, Beebe’s “Night Monster” was released as a double feature with another Universal film, “The Mummy’s Tomb” (which featured Lon Chaney, Jr.; Elyse Knox, Turhan Bey, George Zucco and Glenn Strange, according to additional research on IMDB).
An additional working title for “Night Monster”
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on “Night Monster,” the original working title for Beebe’s Universal horror film was “House of Mystery.”
Watch (or record) Svengoolie’s showcase of “Night Monster” (1942) this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Sven, Kerwyn, Doug Graves and a cast of familiar faces, you will not be disappointed in Svengoolie’s upcoming presentation of “Night Monster” (1942) this Sat. on Me-TV (highly recommended)!
Sat., Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248 (Sven is also time-delayed on WGAL-TV 8 due to their 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
For our fellow Berwyn/Chicago readers: This week will mark the third (and final) showcase of the PM&L Theatre stage musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” featuring fellow super Sven fan Jamie Lee and the PM&L Players (in Antioch, Illinois)! Performances will take place this Fri., Aug. 11 (at 8 p.m. local time), Sat., Aug. 12 (at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time) and Sun., Aug. 13 (at 2:30 p.m. local time). “Two thumbs up” to Jamie and the PM&L players from all of us fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast (in spirit)! -C.H.
We will miss our fellow super SvenPal Vampira Monster during the #Svengoolie/#LateSvengoolie live-tweeting segments (on Twitter, as she will be moving across the pond soon). She will be joining all fellow super #LateSvengoolie/#Svengoolie pals for “Night Monster” (1942) this Sat. on Me-TV. “Two thumbs up” on your future endeavors, Vampira from all of us fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast! Keep in touch with us! -C.H.
In relation to “Night Monster:”
“Night Monster” (1942) is also available on DVD (as part of Universal’s “Vault” series of rare and hard-to-find titles). The film is also available in Universal’s vintage horror multi-film DVD box set, “Universal Horror: Classic Movie Archive.”
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