Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be excited for his big broadcast showcase of a classic sci-fi/horror masterpiece.
Original animated opening title sequence to “The Blob” (1958), featuring the famous title theme song written and composed by Burt Bacharach and Mack David; with vocalizations by Bernie Knee (under the name of “The Five Blobs“).
Originally released theatrically by Paramount Pictures in 1958, “The Blob” was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and was produced by Jack H. Harris under the banner of “Tonylyn Productions;” according to information from IMDB. Harris and the junior Yeaworth would later work on “4D Man” (1958, with Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether and Patty Duke) and “Dinosaurus!” (1960, with Ward Ramsey, Kristina Hanson and Paul Lukather; the two latter Harris-Yeaworth productions were originally released to theaters throughout the United States by Universal Studios).
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Blob” (1958) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth sci-fi/thriller classic back in May 2018. Sven also previously showcased the film on his hometown station in Berwyn/Chicago, WCIU-TV 26 “The U” back in March 2009; according to IMDB. Fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes and his official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube site has segments from Sven’s past WCIU-TV/”The U” Berwyn/Chicago telecast of “The Blob” (1958).
Who was in Harris and Yeaworth’s “The Blob” (1958)?
The players who appeared in the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth sci-fi/thriller classic were young Steve McQueen (credited as “Steven McQueen” in the role of Steven Andrews, McQueen also appeared in the role of Josh Randall in the 1958-61 CBS/Four Star TV western, “Wanted: Dead or Alive;” both “The Blob” and “Wanted: Dead or Alive” would help ensure greater success for McQueen’s screen career), Aneta Corsaut (as Jane Martin, Corsaut was credited under the name of “Aneta Corseaut” in the film, Corsaut went on to greater fame in the role of Helen Crump on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1963-68), Earl Rowe (as Lt. Dave), Lee Payton (as Nurse Kate), Stephen “Steven” Chase as Dr. T. Hallen, Olin Howland (as an elderly man, Howland was credited as “Olin Howlin;” this was one of Howland/Howlin’s final film appearances, according to the American Film Institute), George Karas (as Officer Ritchie, Karas later appeared in the 1959 Harris-Yeaworth production of “4D Man” in the role of Sgt. Todaman), John Benson (as Sgt. Jim Bert), Elbert Smith (as Henry Martin), Audrey Metcalf (as Elizabeth Martin) Hugh Graham (as Mr. Andrews) and Vince Barbi (as café/diner owner George).
The creation of “The Blob” creature effects
According to Lang Thompson’s article on “The Blob” (1958) for Turner Classic Movies, the special effects for “The Blob” were constructed by Barton “Bart” Sloane. Sloane’s “Blob” formula was designed as a nonstick creation in order to move smoothly. Vegetable coloring was also used for Sloane’s “Blob” creation, including the addition cake batter to avoid settling. Sloane’s “Blob” creation was built on a limited budget.
The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: Home of the famous “Blob” movie theater sequence
The famed exterior movie theater scene in “The Blob” (1958) was filmed at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; according to CinemaTreasures. The theatre was originally built as a vaudeville venue in 1903. Motion picture screenings started taking place at the Colonial beginning in 1914. The Colonial re-opened after revitalization/restoration efforts in 1999, 41 years after the original theatrical release of “The Blob.” Two additional screening auditoriums were added to the theater in 2017 for additional film and live theatrical plays/performances, according to extensive details from CinemaTreasures.
Since 1999, the Colonial has held many summer “Blobfest” events to commemorate the Harris-Yeaworth production. The upcoming Summer 2019 Colonial “Blobfest” event will be the 20th “Blobfest” event held by the theater.
A latter sequel to “The Blob” and a latter re-make of “The Blob”
14 years after the theatrical release of “The Blob,” Jack H. Harris’ production firm released a sequel to “The Blob,” “Beware! The Blob!” (1972, a.k.a., “Son of Blob”)*. The sequel was directed by actor Larry Hagman (of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Dallas” fame), who also appeared in the film. In addition to Hagman, the players who appeared in “Beware! The Blob!” were Dick Van Patten, Godfrey Cambridge, Carol Lynley, Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford and Richard Webb.
30 years after the original version of “The Blob,” Jack H. Harris produced a re-make of “The Blob” (1988) for Tri-Star Pictures. Directed by Chuck Russell, the players who appeared in the 1988 re-make were Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch Jr. (son of singer/musician Donovan), Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, Joe Seneca and Del Close.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast showcase of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Theatrical trailer for “The Blob” (1958, altered for later re-issues to capitalize on Steve McQueen’s popularity, including the masking of the 1917-68 Paramount Pictures print trademark at the conclusion).
Don’t miss out on Svengoolie’s upcoming big broadcast showcase of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV! With McQueen, Corsaut, Rowe, Payton, Chase, Howland/Howlin, Karas, Benson, Smith, Metcalf, Graham and Barbi; along with Sloane’s “Blob” creation, the catchy opening theme song by Burt Bacharach, Mack David and Bernie Knee (a.k.a., “The Five Blobs“) and Ralph Carmichael‘s orchestral score; you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended for all fellow super SvenPals everywhere with Sven’s additional fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody tune and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment!
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
Live-tweet (via Twitter) with all fellow super #Svengoolie SvenPals during Sven’s big broadcast showcase of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Watch/record 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+)!
Fellow San Francisco/Bay Area super SvenPals! Sven and Me-TV are back in the San Francisco TV market (including one station that showed his older WFLD/Chicago “Son of” Svengoolie showcase many years ago)**!
(From Rick Klein’s “FuzzyMemories” YouTube site): Customized (with Zalman T. Tombstone) for the San Francisco market, (Son of) Svengoolie (portrayed by Rich Koz)’s 1983 opening segment to his showcase of the 1939 Universal monster classic, “Son of Frankenstein” from KBHK-TV 44 (now CBS-owned CW affiliate, KBCW-44), originally produced for his WFLD-TV 32 Chicago telecast (both WFLD and KBHK were part of the Field Enterprises/Field Communications group of stations at the time, shortly before Field exited the broadcasting business).
According to Svengoolie’s official Twitter site, Me-TV is back on the air in San Francisco! Fellow super SvenPals of the San Francisco/Bay Area television market will be jumping for joy that they can watch Sven’s Sat. classic monster/horror/sci-fi film showcase and Me-TV again!
**On an interesting note, San Francisco’s channel 44 once aired “Son of” Svengoolie’s WFLD-32/Chicago classic horror/monster/sci-fi film showcase for a brief time, as both TV-44 (then-KBHK) and WFLD/32 were part of Field Enterprises/Field Communications’ line of independent stations from coast-to-coast (according to information from Svengoolie’s official site and Rick Klein’s “FuzzyMemories” YouTube site; “Son of” Sven’s showcase also aired on Field’s Boston outlet, WLVI-TV 56, Field’s Detroit outlet, WKBD-TV 50 and on Field’s Philadelphia outlet, WKBS-TV 48; which went defunct in late 1983 after Field sold their stations in Chicago, Detroit, Boston and San Francisco to other owners).
Congratulations to Sven and Me-TV for coming back to the San Francisco television market! To our fellow San Francisco/Bay Area super SvenPals, welcome back on behalf of all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
Classic Sven “Blob” moments:
*(Son of) Svengoolie and Doug Graves’ 1985 “Beware! The Blob!/Son of the Blob” parody song, “Blob of Red” (to The Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann”), and (Son of) Sven’s 1985 WFLD/Chicago opening to the Jack H. Harris/Larry Hagman 1972 “Blob” sequel, “Beware! The Blob!/Son of the Blob” (via Rick Klein’s official “FuzzyMemories” YouTube site)!
Svengoolie’s 2009 WCIU-TV 26 (“The U”) Berwyn/Chicago opening to “The Blob” (1958) plus Sven and Doug’s “The Blob” parody tune (in connection to Aneta Corsaut) to “The Andy Griffith Show” theme, via fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes’ official “Terror From Beyond the Daves” YouTube channel!
Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow Super Svengoolie SvenPal David Fuentes and his recent “Terror From Beyond the Daves” blog article on Svengoolie’s 2019 C2E2 appearance highlights! Congratulations to Dave and all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Chicago/Berwyn and beyond for seeing Sven in-person during his 2019 C2E2 Chicago appearance! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow Chicago/Berwyn/Antioch super SvenPals and beyond! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee recently announced that she will be appearing with the PM&L Theatre players for the new PM&L stage rendition of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!” Directed for the PM&L players by Mark Badtke, Jamie will be reprising her role of Nina in the upcoming PM&L rendition of Durang’s play!
According to the official PM&L site, the PM&L edition of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will take place from Fri., May 31-Sun., June 16 on weekends (Fri. and Sat. evenings at 8 p.m., local time and Sun. afternoons at 2:30 p.m., local time) at the PM&L Theatre complex (877 N. Main St., Antioch, Illinois 60002)! Online ticket orders will begin on Tue.,April 24 and box office ticket orders will open on Mon., May 20 (according to the PM&L site, ticket prices are $15 and $18).
Congratulations to Jamie and the entire PM&L players troupe on their upcoming May and June theatrical showcases of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” on behalf of the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! All of us are proud of you and we’re all cheering for you from coast-to-coast! -C.H.
In connection to “The Blob” (1958):
“The Blob” (1958) is also available on Blu-Ray disc and DVD from Janus Films’ “Criterion Collection” imprint. The 1958 classic is also available to watch on Janus’ new “Criterion Channel” video-on-demand streaming service (by arrangement with Worldwide Entertainment Corporation/estate of Jack H. Harris).
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