2 comments on ““Svengoolie” to showcase “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944), this Sat. on Me-TV

  1. I find it fascinating that of all the Universal Monster Franchises, The Mummy films are the only ones that haven’t aired at least 3 times (except “The Mummy’s Ghost”) on Svegoolie on MeTV (since I’ve been watching – October 6, 2012). All the Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Dracula, Invisible Man and Gillman films have aired on Svengoolie 3, 4, and – in the case of “House of Frankenstein”, “The Bride of Frankenstein”, “The Wolf Man”, “Revenge of the Creature” – 5 times! I’m not complaining about this, as the classic three – Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man – are my favorite Universal films and I can watch them over-and-over again! I also own the Unviersal Legacy DVDs and watch those when I need a classic Monster fix. I know the Mummy films are not as well regarded as some of the other Unviersal Monster films, particularly Tomb, Ghost and Curse, but I love them just as much – and in the case of some of the lesser Dracula and Invisible Man sequels – even more! I know Svengoolie has stated many times, he and MeTV have no control over when each Universal title is aired, but I do think it’s intersting that Universal has chosen The Mummy films to give the least number of airings to on Svengoolie.

    Here’s hoping that “The Mummy” 8/18/12, 11/8/14 (2), “The Mummy’s Hand” 8/10/13, 12/26/15 (2), “The Mummy’s Tomb” 8/17/13, 6/10/17 (2), “The Mummy’s Ghost” 12/7/13, 12/16/14, 12/31/16 (3) and this Saturday’s Movie “The Mummy’s Curse” 5/25/13, 12/9/17 (2) will find themselves in more of a regular rotation on Svengoolie in the future.

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  2. Greetings, Gregory! Fascinating observations on the rare airings of most of the Universal “Mummy” monster franchise films on Sven’s Me-TV showcase (same here, sir)!

    Wonder if it has to do with certain contractual obligations (between Universal and Me-TV for the vintage Universal monster/horror/sci-fi/mystery films on Sven’s show) or just another mystery of modern TV syndication for certain feature film packages (or something unknown)? This might also apply to some of the pre-1948 Paramount horror/fantasy/mystery features owned by Universal (as a result of MCA’s late 1950s acquisition of the pre-1948 Paramount sound feature film library for TV) that have aired on Sven’s Me-TV showcase as well.

    Must have been different for previous syndication packages of the Universal monster/horror/fantasy classics for local stations many years ago (including the “Shock!” and “Son of Shock!” syndication packages from the late 1950s, when Universal leased the TV rights to their pre-1948 feature film holdings to their competitor, Columbia’s “Screen Gems” TV subsidiary before MCA/Universal re-acquired the broadcast/syndication rights to the pre-48 Universal features in later years).

    Here’s a vintage 1957 Screen Gems syndication leaflet for Los Angeles’ KTLA and the success of the vintage Universal monster/horror/mystery “Shock!” package (featuring an artist’s conception of the Jack Pierce “Mummy” make-up design)! http://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/57-OCR/1957-10-21-BC-OCR-Page-0057.pdf#search=%22shock%22

    Fingers crossed that there might be more Universal “Mummy” films that will air on Sven’s Me-TV show throughout 2018 (depending on what Universal gives Me-TV to air on Svengoolie’s show for the film contract)!

    Glad you enjoyed my article on “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944)! See you and all fellow SvenPals throughout the land this Sat. evening for Sven’s showcase of the final Lon Chaney, Jr. Universal “Mummy” (Kharis) feature on Me-TV (a Sat. evening tradition of Sven and his weekly offering of the Universal monster/creature/sci-fi/mystery classics)!

    Kudos to you and all of the fellow Svengoolie SvenPals and classic/vintage/cult monster/horror film enthusiasts out there! Peace/cheers!

    -All the best,
    Chris Hamby


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