2 comments on ““Svengoolie” to present his big broadcast premiere of “House of Wax” (1953), this Sat. on Me-TV

  1. “House of Wax” was the Star Wars of it’s time. The first color 3D film with quadraphonic sound. Many people love this film, and if I’d been alive in 1953 (as I was for the premiere of Star Wars in 1977), I may feel the same way. However, on my most recent viewing of the film, the only things that stand out for me are the lush technicolor photography and Vincent Price’s usual slyly macabre portrayal as the murderous Prof. Henry Jarrod. Perhaps this airing with Svengoolie hosting “House of Wax” will allow me to become more engrossed in the film. At least with it being a Svengoolie MeTV premiere, I know I’ll be treated to all-new Svengoolie sketches, songs and the like. If I’m being honest… that’s the real reason I tune into Svengoolie every Saturday night on MeTV anyway.

    Thanks for all the great info! A wonderful job as always, Chris!

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    • Greetings, Gregory! Glad you and all fellow super SvenPals enjoyed my recent blog post on Svengoolie’s upcoming Me-TV big broadcast premiere of Andre de Toth’s Warner Bros. thriller masterpiece, “House of Wax” (1953) with Vincent Price Phyllis Kirk, young Charles Bronson (Buchinsky) and Carolyn Jones! Highly appreciated!

      I highly agree with your comparison between Andre de Toth’s “House of Wax” (1953) and George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (a.k.a., “Episode IV;” 1977)!

      Speaking of the “WarnerPhonic” sound process developed jointly by Warner Bros. sound technicians and RCA (a forerunner of Dolby’s stereo and surround formats along with DTS and other succeeding theatrical sound system formats, 1977’s “Star Wars” was one of the earliest films to utilize Dolby’s stereo sound format), I took a closer look at the aforementioned twinfold ad for “House of Wax” (https://silverscreenreflex.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/warner_bros_twinfold_exhibitors_ad_house_of_wax_1953.jpg).

      I noticed that only nine theaters out of the 17 that were listed (according to the theatrical list in Warners’ trade ad) were “wired” for the “WarnerPhonic” process during the original theatrical run of de Toth’s film!

      Also (in the aforementioned ad), I noticed that Daily Variety also mentioned that “What Warners did for sound films, they have repeated in ‘3-D’!” This must have been a nod to Warners’ past technical innovations in cinema, possibly a nod to the “Vitaphone” sound-on-disc film process that the studio used for their features and shorts from the late 1920’s to the early 1930’s!

      I first viewed Andre de Toth’s “House of Wax” (1953) on the old “American Movie Classics” cable channel sometime back in the late 1990’s (and have viewed the feature from time to time since then, notably on Turner Classic Movies)! And there are many scene elements that were originally intended to correspond with the “Natural Vision” 3-D process (when viewing the standard “flat” version)!

      I also highly agree that Vincent Price’s characterization of Prof. Henry Jarrod, along with the cinematography in de Toth’s production! I would like to see a 3-D screening of “House of Wax” (1953) sometime in the near future (I did hear that Warners restored the “Natural Vision” 3-D elements of de Toth’s film for the 2013 3-D Blu-Ray release)!

      I have also seen the film that inspired “House of Wax” (1953), the Michael Curtiz-Warner Bros. two-strip Technicolor thriller; “Mystery of the Wax Museum” (1933) from time-to-time on TCM (produced after another Curtiz-Warners two-strip Technicolor thriller hit with Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill, 1932’s “Doctor X”)!

      I wonder if this means that more classic Warner Bros. horror/monster/thriller/creature/sci-fi features (pre-1948 and post-1948, including Warners’ ownership of the RKO and pre-1986 MGM features) will show up on one of Sven’s future big broadcasts (to compliment the classic Universal/pre-1948 classic Paramount and classic Columbia monster/creature/horror/sci-fi features), depending on Me-TV’s film contracts for Sven’s show?

      Looking forward to Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere (with extra fun facts, Sven’s sketches, Doug’s song, Kerwyn’s mail call segment and more) of “House of Wax” (1953) with you and all fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast in the Sat. Me-TV airlanes, Gregory!

      See you and all fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere for his big broadcast premiere of “House of Wax” (1953) this Sat. in the Me-TV airlanes, Gregory and all fellow super SvenPals everywhere! I’m confident that all of us fellow super SvenPals will enjoy Sven’s big broadcast premiere of the Andre de Toth-Vincent Price classic (in 2-D) with the magic of Sven! Peace, kudos and “Hi-Keeba” to you and all fellow super SvenPals everywhere!

      -All the best,
      Chris Hamby
      One of many fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals/Me-TV viewers (watching since 2013)!

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