Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy about his upcoming coast-to-coast premiere of a landmark sci-fi/horror classic from 1958.
Theatrical trailer for “The Blob” (1958, altered for later re-issues to capitalize on Steve McQueen’s success).
“The Blob” was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and was produced by Jack H. Harris. Yeaworth and Harris’ production (under the Tonylyn Productions moniker) was released theatrically by Paramount Pictures in 1958 (according to IMDB).
Who was in “The Blob” (1958)?
The players who appeared in “The Blob” (1958) were Steve McQueen (as Steven Andrews, McQueen was credited as “Steven McQueen” in the film), Aneta Corsaut (as Jane Martin, Corsaut was credited as “Aneta Corseaut”), Earl Rowe (as Lt. Dave), Olin Howland (as an elderly man, Howland was credited as “Olin Howlin”), Stephen “Steven” Chase as Dr. T. Hallen, Lee Payton (as Nurse Kate), John Benson (as Sgt. Jim Bert), George Karas (as Officer Ritchie), Elbert Smith (as Henry Martin), Vince Barbi (as café owner George), Audrey Metcalf (as Elizabeth Martin) and Hugh Graham (as Mr. Andrews).
Around the same time that Steve “Steven” McQueen appeared in “The Blob,” he also played the role of Josh Randall in the Four Star television western, “Wanted: Dead or Alive” (1958-61, his series lasted for three seasons on CBS). McQueen’s appearances in “The Blob” and “Wanted: Dead or Alive” would propel him to greater stardom in his silver screen career.
Five years after “The Blob,” Aneta Corsaut went on to greater fame in the role of Mayberry schoolteacher Helen Crump on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1963-68. She reunited with Griffith in episodes of “Matlock” from 1987-92 (throughout several episodes of the latter series, she played the roles of Judge Cynthia Justin, Sarah Richards and Mrs. Ida Stillman).
Filmed on location in Pennsylvania
According to an Atlas Obscura travel article, the scene where the “Blob” attacks the movie theater was filmed at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The historic cinema is still in operation as a performing arts/film venue.
Interior scenes were filmed at the Valley Forge Studios in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; according to additional information on IMDB. The studio facilities were originally used for the production of short religious films by the junior Yeasworth, according to Kim Newman’s Janus Films/Criterion Collection essay on the film.
The diner sequence was filmed at the Downingtown Diner in Downingtown, Pennsylvania; according to Rick Sebak’s 1993 public television documentary, “Pennsylvania Diners and other Roadside Restaurants.” The restaurant was remodeled in 2013, according to Sara Mosqueda-Fernandez’s article in West Chester’s Daily Local News.
An extended version of the theme song to “The Blob” was also released as a hit single
An extended cut of the title theme song to “The Blob” was also released as a successful 45 RPM single on Columbia Records in 1958. The song was written by a young Burt Bacharach along with Mack David, the brother of Bacharach’s future songwriting colleague Hal David. Studio singer Bernie Knee performed the overdubbed vocalizations for the recording. Knee, Bacharach and several musicians performed in secrecy under the name of “The Five Blobs;” according to IMDB’s trivia section.
Be sure to watch (or record) Svengoolie’s coast-to-coast premiere of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Tune into Svengoolie’s coast-to-coast premiere of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV! Highly recommended to all fellow SvenPals and aficionados of sci-fi/horror (with several familiar faces of the screen, Sven’s extended fun facts/skits, Doug Graves’ tune of the evening and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment)! You will not be disappointed!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)*
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
Live-tweet and have fun with fellow SvenPals during #Svengoolie’s Sat. big Me-TV broadcast of “The Blob” (1958, via Twitter)!
Watch Steve McQueen as Josh Randall in back-to-back episodes of “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” Sat. afternoons at 4 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Central on Me-TV. Select episodes are also available to watch for free on Me-TV’s official website (by arrangement with Studio Canal+).
(Son of) Svengoolie’s 1985 WFLD/Chicago opening to Jack H. Harris’ 1972 “Blob” sequel, “Son of the Blob” (directed by Larry Hagman of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Dallas” fame) plus Sven and Doug Graves’ 1985 “Son of the Blob” parody song, “Blob of Red” (to The Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann”), via the official “FuzzyMemories” YouTube channel!
Svengoolie’s WCIU/Chicago opening to “The Blob” (1958) plus Sven and Doug’s “The Blob” parody song (in reference to Aneta Corsaut) to “The Andy Griffith Show” theme, via fellow SvenPal David Fuentes’ official “Terror From Beyond the Daves” YouTube channel! According to IMDB, Sven’s Chicago/Berwyn airing of “The Blob” (1958) occurred in 2009.
In relation to “The Blob” (1958):
“Blobfest 2018” at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania! The historic Colonial Theatre will host their yearly summertime tribute to “The Blob,” “Blobfest 2018!” The event will be held from July 13-15 at the Colonial Theatre (227 Bridge Street/Phoenixville, Pennsylvania/19460), ticket sales will begin on Fri., June 1 at 12:30 p.m. (local time)!
“The Blob” (1958) is also available on Blu-Ray disc and DVD from Janus Films’ “Criterion Collection” imprint. The 1958 classic is also available on “FilmStruck” (a joint venture streaming service of Janus/Criterion and Turner Entertainment/Warner Bros., by arrangement with Worldwide Entertainment Corporation/the estate of Jack H. Harris).