The legendary Berywn/Chicago-based horror film host will present his big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944), this Sat., Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1944 Columbia werewolf thriller was directed by Henry Levin. This would mark Levin’s directorial debut in his motion picture career. He later directed several of the Columbia “Matt Helm” secret agent spoof film adaptations with Dean Martin in the title role, including “Murderers’ Row” (1966, with Ann-Margret, James Gregory and Karl Malden) and “The Ambushers” (1967, with Gregory, Senta Berger and Albert Salmi).
Who was in “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944)?
The players who appeared in Levin’s Columbia werewolf feature were Nina Foch (as Celeste), Stephen Crane (as Robert “Bob” Morris), Osa Massen (as Elsa Chauvet), Barton MacLane (as Lt. Barry Lane)*, Blanche Yurka (as Bianca), Ivan Triesault (as Jan Spavero), John Abbott (as Peter Althius), John Tyrrell (as Mac), Fred Graff (as Pinkie), Robert B. Williams (as Homer), Fritz Leiber (as Dr. Charles Morris) and Milton Parsons (as Adamson).
One year before “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944), Nina Foch made her one of her earliest film appearances in Lew Landers’ Columbia vampire thriller, “The Return of the Vampire” (1943); with Bela Lugosi, Matt Willis and Frieda Inescort. She later appeared in the role of Milo Roberts in Vincente Minnelli’s hit MGM musical, “An American in Paris” (1951, inspired by George Gershwin’s song) with Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Georges Guétary. She also appeared in several episodes of the CBS television network rendition of “Suspense” from 1949-54 (according to IMDB’s listing).
Veteran actor Barton MacLane* appeared in numerous productions throughout his screen career, including the “Torchy Blane” film series for Warner Bros. (in the role of Steve McBride with Glenda Farrell from 1937–39). MacLane appeared in the role of Lt. Det. Dundy in John Huston’s screen adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), w/ Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Ward Bond. His final appearance was in the role of Gen. Peterson in Sidney Sheldon’s “I Dream of Jeannie” (from 1965 until MacLane’s death in 1969), with Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily and Hayden Roarke.
Original working title for “Cry of the Werewolf”
The original working title for Levin’s “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944) was “Bride of the Vampire,” according to the American Film Institute’s database article on the film. Levin’s feature was originally meant to be filmed as a sequel to Columbia’s “The Return of the Vampire” (1943), according to Richard Harland Smith’s article on “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944) for Turner Classic Movies.
A technical consultant from Transylvania was hired for the film
According to additional details from the AFI database entry on “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944), Columbia Pictures executives hired Transylvanian psychiatrist Dr. Fraime Sertoroclos. Dr. Sertoroclos served as a technical consultant on Levin’s werewolf feature.
Released as a double-feature presentation with another Columbia horror feature
According to the 1944 issue of Film Daily magazine, Columbia Pictures released “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944) as a double-feature thriller presentation with Will Jason’s horror-thriller for the studio, “The Soul of a Monster” (1944, with Rose Hobart, George Macready, Jim Bannon, Jeanne Bates and Erik Rolf).
This was done as a result of the unsuccessful box office returns from Columbia’s earlier standalone release of “Cry of the Werewolf” (shortly after the New York premiere of the film in Aug. 1944, according to additional details from Richard Harland Smith’s TCM article).
Be sure to watch or record Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With an ensemble cast featuring Nina Foch, Stephen Crane, Osa Massen, Barton MacLane*, Blanche Yurka, Ivan Triesault, John Abbott, John Tyrrell, Fred Graff, Robert B. Williams, Fritz Leiber and Milton Parsons, you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944); this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect treat for all fellow Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow aficionados of classic horror/monster films with Sven’s additional fun facts, Doug Graves’ musical parody and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! Highly recommended!
*During the live-tweeting session of Sven’s big broadcast premiere of “Cry of the Werewolf” (1944) this Sat. on Me-TV, be on the lookout for a follow-up “Silver Screen Reflections” post on a family-related connection to actor Barton MacLane! –C.H.
Sat., Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV
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/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
News Flash! According to the announcement from Sven’s official Twitter post (from Tue., Oct. 9), a brand-new Svengoolie costume T-shirt is now available for purchase on the official Sven/Me-TV online store! Order yours now before Halloween! And again, “no personal checks!”
Speaking of Sven, Rich & WGN: Sven’s alter-ego, Rich Koz will be making another additional on-air appearance on Chicago’s WGN Radio (720 AM) on Mon., Oct 29 (with the executive producer of Sven’s show, Jim Roche) from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Central/Midnight-2 a.m. Eastern (WGN’s 50,000 watt signal can be received throughout most of the country after dusk)! But wait, there’s more! And on Halloween day (Wed., Oct. 31), Sven will be making a daytime guest appearance with WGN’s Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder on the “Bill and Wendy Show” at 11:30 a.m. CT/12:30 p.m. ET! “Chicago’s Very Own,” WGN Radio can also be heard online on the official WGN Radio site!
Fellow Chicago/Berwyn SvenPals, Valparaiso/Hammond SvenPals and fellow SvenPals who are traveling to Chicago/Berwyn and Valparaiso/Hammond: Sven will be making an upcoming appearance at Chicago’s famous costume shop, Fantasy Costumes (4065 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60641) from 2-4 p.m. (local time)! Sven will be signing autographs and will be having photo sessions during his appearance (before heading to Valparaiso, Indiana for his appearance in the Chicago Street Theatre’s *sold-out* “Evil Dead: The Musical” Halloween party and show)!
Sven will also be making an appearance in Hammond, Indiana for the “Haunting in Hammond” festival on Fri., Oct. 19 from 4-6 p.m. (local time, at the EAT Restaurant, 5201 Hohman Ave, Hammond, Indiana 46320)! Sven will be having a photo and autograph session during the festival!
They’re back! Sven and rock-and-roll legend Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon will be making an appearance for the upcoming “Nightmare on Chicago Street” “safe zone” festival on Sat., Oct. 20 (Burritt Building, 27 S. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL 60120) from 7:30-8:30 p.m.! Note: Be sure to arrive early for the autograph line (for the “Nightmare on Chicago Street” festival, according to details from his recent Oct. newsletter), time for autographs will be limited. Sven and Freddy will be having an autograph session, followed by an onstage appearance for the “Zombie Homecoming Pageant” contest from 8:45 p.m.-9:15 p.m. (local time) with their live rendition of the “Svengoolie Stomp!”
According to Sven’s official list of appearances, he will be making a Halloween night appearance with the legendary Chicago Bulls basketball team during the Bulls’ Halloween night game (United Center in Chicago, Illinois)!
To all fellow SvenPals of Chicago/Berwyn, Valparaiso/Hammond and fellow SvenPals who are traveling to Berwyn/Chicago and/or Valparaiso/Hammond, have fun seeing Sven in person for his upcoming appearances, Sven and Freddy for the “Nightmare on Chicago Street” festival and/or Sven’s Chicago Bulls appearance! -C.H.
Cameo mentions of fellow super SvenPals (and speaking of Halloween)!
Fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee recently announced (via Twitter) that she will be having an upcoming Halloween “jam session” edition of her Sat. morning WNUR/Northwestern University radio show, “Jammin’ with Jamie!” Jamie has encouraged fellow SvenPals everywhere to send in their favorite Halloween and spooky-related song requests from cinema, television and theatre! If you have a spooky and/or Halloween-related song in mind, be sure to send in your requests to Jamie’s Twitter feed or Jamie’s official site before Sat. and jam along to “Jammin’ with Jamie;” Sat. mornings at 6 a.m. Central/7 a.m. Eastern on the airlanes of WNUR (89.3 FM in the Evanston/Chicago/Berwyn area; online at WNUR.org and/or the TuneIn app from coast-to-coast and around the globe)!
Jamie’s Sat. morning WNUR is a wonderful and entertaining radio program with a wide variety of fun-filled tunes for every musical taste! Highly recommended to all fellow jammers and SvenPals from coast-to-coast! And again, be sure to donate whatever you can/spread the word to help Jamie’s PM&L friend to offset/diminish the astronomical costs of additional medical treatments. Give generously and help spread the word! –C.H.
To all fellow Florida, Georgia and North Carolina SvenPals: You may have heard recently that Hurricane Michael (a category 4 hurricane) has landed. It is important to follow all precautions seriously during severe weather conditions. Stay safe and be alert. -C.H.
A recent article on Svengoolie’s appearance during the 50th annual Berwyn/Cicero, Illinois “Houby” (Czech-Slovak word for “mushroom”) from fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes and his official “Terror from Beyond the Dave” site!