The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster/horror film host will present his big broadcast showcase of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958), this Sat., Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The Columbia-Hammer production of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) was directed by veteran Hammer Studios director Terence Fisher, who also directed “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), “Horror of Dracula” (1958), the Universal-Hammer rendition of “The Mummy” (1959), “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960) and “The Gorgon” (1964). The screenplay for Fisher’s Columbia-Hammer “Frankenstein” entry was written by veteran Hammer screenwriter Jimmy Sangster.
For the original North American theatrical release of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” in June 1958, Columbia presented Fisher’s second Hammer “Frankenstein” production as a double-feature presentation with Jacques Tourneur‘s Sabre production of “Curse of the Demon” (1957, with Dana Andrews); according to John M. Miller’s Turner Classic Movies article on “The Revenge of Frankenstein.” This was one of 16 Columbia-Hammer co-productions.
This will mark Svengoolie’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) on Me-TV, he previously premiered Fisher’s 1958 Columbia-Hammer monster entry on the airlanes of Me-TV back in March 2018. According to IMDB, Sven also aired “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) on his hometown station in Chicago/Berwyn; WCIU-TV 26/”The U” back in Feb. 2010. According to fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes’ official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube site, Sven also showcased the 1958 Columbia/Hammer monster classic on WCIU back in Jan. 2011.
Who was in Terence Fisher’s Columbia-Hammer production of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958)?
The players who appeared in Fisher’s Columbia-Hammer monster/horror production of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) were Peter Cushing (as Baron Frankenstein/Dr. Victor Stein; Cushing previously played the role of Victor Frankenstein in Fisher’s Hammer production of “The Curse of Frankenstein” in 1957), Eunice Gayson (as Margaret), Michael Gwynn (as Karl; Gwynn later appeared in the guest role of Lord Melbury in the BBC pilot episode of John Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers,” “A Touch of Class” in 1975), Lionel Jeffries (as Fritz), Francis Matthews (as Dr. Hans Kleve), John Stuart (as the inspector), John Welsh (as Bergman), Michael Ripper (as Kurt), Arnold Diamond (as Molke) and George Woodbridge (as a janitor).
Sets were re-used from another Hammer production
For Fisher’s “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958), Hammer set designer Bernard Robinson remodeled several sets that were used in Fisher’s previous production of “Horror of Dracula” (1958); according to additional information from John M. Miller’s article for Turner Classic Movies.
Filmed at Hammer’s Bray* studio complex
According to additional details from John M. Miller’s TCM article, the production of Fisher’s Columbia-Hammer “Frankenstein” entry was filmed at Hammer’s Bray studio complex. Hammer’s Bray studio was a former British manor house that was converted into studio facilities. According to Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn’s interview in the Hammer retrospective series “The House of Horror” (2013), the company used the Bray complex in Maidenhead, England for various feature film productions from 1951-66.
The Bray studio complex was later used by other production companies for numerous film and television programs throughout the years; including Jim Sharman’s film adaptation of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) and segments of Ridley Scott’s “Alien” (1979); according to George Roberts’ 2018 article in the Maidenhead Advertiser newspaper. According to additional details from Roberts’ article, production on an upcoming Elton John biopic; “Rocketman” is currently being filmed at the former Hammer-Bray studio.
Be sure to watch or record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV!
If you missed out on Sven’s previous big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) back in March or if this is your first time viewing the 1958 Columbia-Hammer monster/horror classic featuring Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Michael Gwynn, Francis Matthews, John Stuart, John Welsh, Michael Ripper, Arnold Diamond and George Woodbridge; you will not be disappointed! Be sure to watch or record Svengoolie and the big broadcast return of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) with Sven’s extensive fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment this Sat. on Me-TV! Perfect for all fellow super SvenPals and aficionados of horror classics from Britain’s Hammer Films! Highly recommended!
Sat., Nov. 15 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
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In relation to Hammer Films:
In relation to “House of Frankenstein” (1958):
“The Revenge of Frankenstein” is also available on Blu-Ray disc (in “Hammer Films Double Feature Vol. 2” with the 1964 Hammer/Columbia feature, “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb”)and in the multi-feature compilation set of select classic Columbia/Hammer horror productions, “Hammer Films Collection: Vol. 2” from Mill Creek Entertainment (by arrangement with Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc./Sony Pictures Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).