The 1964 Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” monster entry was directed by veteran cinematographer-turned-director Freddie Francis. Francis later worked on the latter Warner Bros.-Hammer “Dracula” screen entry with Hammer horror film legend Christopher Lee, “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave” (1968, released in the United States in 1969).
This will mark Sven’s fourth coast-to-coast big broadcast of Francis’ 1964 Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” monster entry on Me-TV. He previously showcased “The Evil of Frankenstein” back in Nov. 2013, June 2014 and March 2015.
Who was in “The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964)?
The players who were in Francis’ 1964 Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” feature were Peter Cushing (as Baron Frankenstein), Ernest “Kiwi” Kingston (as Frankenstein’s monster), Peter Woodthorpe (as Zoltan), Katy Wild (as the beggar girl), Sandor Elès (as Hans), Duncan Lamont (as the chief of police), Anthony Blackshaw and David Conville (as policemen), David Hutcheson (as the Burgomaster), Caron Gardner (as the wife of the Burgomaster), James Maxwell (as the priest) and Howard Goorney (as the drunk).
This would mark veteran Hammer screen legend Peter Cushing’s third role as Baron Frankenstein. Cushing’s other Hammer appearances as Baron Frankenstein were in “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957, with Christopher Lee), “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958, in the dual role of Baron Frankenstein/Dr. Victor Stein with Michael Gwynn), “Frankenstein Created Woman” (1967, with Susan Denberg), “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” (1969, with Freddie Jones) and “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1974, with a pre-“Star Wars” David Prowse).
Katy Wild later appeared in the role of Lt. French in the war drama series, “Spyforce” (1971-72, co-produced by Australia’s Nine Network and Paramount Pictures). Ernest “Kiwi” Kingston was a professional wrestler in his home of New Zealand in addition to his brief acting career; according to the official Twitter site for Hammer Films.
The first “Universal Frankenstein” monster make-up resemblance in a Hammer production
Francis’ 1964 production marked the first time that the Hammer characterization of Frankenstein’s monster (portrayed by Ernest “Kiwi” Kingston) had a resemblance to the Universal “Frankenstein” monster make-up design. This was done since Universal co-produced and released the 1964 Hammer “Frankenstein” feature. Jack Pierce originally developed the familiar “Frankenstein” make-up design for James Whale’s Universal landmark screen adaptation of “Frankenstein” (1931) with Boris Karloff.
According to IMDB, Universal executives did not allow Hammer to use the Universal “Frankenstein” monster make-up design in “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957, co-produced by Warner Bros.) and “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958, co-produced by Columbia Pictures) due to the two aforementioned Hammer features being co-produced by competing studios. Veteran Hammer make-up artist Roy Ashton performed make-up duties on “The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964).
Originally slated to be directed by Terence Fisher
Veteran Hammer director Terence Fisher was originally considered to direct “The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964), according to additional details from IMDB. Fisher was unable to direct due to being injured in an automobile accident and cinematographer Freddie Francis took over the directorial duties on the Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” film.
Additional scenes were filmed for a latter network broadcast TV airing of the 1964 Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” entry
Several additional scenes were re-filmed by Universal/MCA with extra players for the latter United States broadcast TV airing of “The Evil of Frankenstein,” according to additional details from IMDB (the director for the TV scenes has not been revealed to this day). This was done in order to comply with network broadcast standards, the 1964 Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” feature was telecast on the NBC television network on Jan. 2, 1968; according to Broadcasting Magazine. The additional scenes were unearthed on YouTube in 2011.
Released as a double-feature in the United States with another Francis-Universal-Hammer production
Universal released “The Evil of Frankenstein” as a double-feature presentation to theaters throughout the United States with another Hammer co-production that was also directed by Freddie Francis, “Nightmare” (1964, with David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden and Brenda Bruce); according to a 1964 studio trade ad that was published in BoxOffice Magazine.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Peter Cushing, Ernest “Kiwi” Kingston, Peter Woodthorpe, Katy Wild, Sandor Elès, Duncan Lamont, David Hutcheson, Caron Gardner, James Maxwell, Anthony Blackshaw, David Conville, Howard Goorney, along with Roy Ashton’s “Universal”-style “Frankenstein” monster make-up design; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast showcase of “The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964); this Sat. on Me-TV! Perfect for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow Universal/Hammer monster-horror film aficionados everywhere with Sven’s extra fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
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 with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere from coast-to-coast this Sat. (via Twitter) during #Svengoolie’s big Me-TV broadcast of “The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964)!
Doug Graves (portrayed by Doug Scharf) and his guest host/commercial spot, filling in for (Son of) Svengoolie (portrayed by Mr. Rich Koz)’s 1985 WFLD-TV 32/Chicago telecast of “The Evil of Frankenstein;” via Rick Klein’s FuzzyMemories YouTube site!
Update: Tonight/Overnight (late night early Wed. morning, according to Sven’s official Twitter feed): “Chicago’s very own” meets “Berwyn’s very own!” Sven’s alter-ego, Mr. Rich Koz will be making an appearance on WGN Radio (720 AM in Chicago/Berwyn along with their powerful 50,000 watt overnight signal in multiple states throughout the midwest and parts of the east coast)’s Nick Digilio show! Nick’s show begins at 1 a.m. Central/2 a.m. Eastern on WGN Radio and online on the official WGN Radio site!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Chicago/Berwyn/Rosemont, Illinois and beyond! Sven will be making appearances at the 2019 “Flashback Weekend Horror Convention” festival at the Crowne Plaza/Chicago O’Hare Hotel (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Illinois 60018) on Fri., Aug. 2 (with a professional celebrity photo-op session w/Sven and a “Sven coffin” background at 6:30 p.m., local time**; a Sven/Mr. Rich Koz 40th anniversary retrospective with WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio on-stage in the Crowne Plaza ballroom at 7 p.m., local time) and Sat., Aug. 3 (a second professional celebrity photo-op session w/Sven at 1:45 p.m., local time**; Sven’s photo/autograph meet-and-greet session at the Ideation Lounge from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., local time and Sven’s hosting of the “Sinister Visions” costume contest festival at the convention in the Crowne Plaza Ballroom #1 at 4:15 p.m., local time)! For VIP “Flashback Weekend” attendees (according to Sven’s official site), Sven will also have an early evening VIP meet-and-greet event at the Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Restaurant (9546 Balmoral Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018)!
But wait, there’s more! Extra! Extra! Extra! Sven will also be making an appearance in his home city of Berwyn, Illinois at the 2019 (29th annual) “Berwyn Route 66 Car Show” on the pavement of historic Route 66 on Sat., Aug. 24 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (local time, on Odgen Ave.; between Oak Park Ave. and Ridgeland Ave. in Berwyn, Illinois; according to the official map)! Sven will be having a meet-and-greet photo/autograph session at the Route 66 event! Plus, there will be a military salute, classic automobiles, a professional Elvis Presley impersonator and more at the event!
To fellow super SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Rosemont, Illinois and beyond who are attending the 2019 “Flashback Weekend Horror Convention” and/or the “Berwyn Route 66 Car Show” event, have fun seeing/meeting Sven in-person, enjoy Sven’s 40th anniversary retrospective with the “Flashback Weekend” festivities and/or Sven’s appearance with the “Berwyn Route 66 Car Show” festivities! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Chicago/Berwyn/Antioch and beyond! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee and the PM&L players troupe will be appearing in their second big week of the PM&L Theatre stage edition of the critically acclaimed W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan musical operetta comedy, “The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)!” Directed by Mark Audrain for the PM&L players, Jamie will be the role of Isabel in the PM&L troupe rendition of “The Pirates of Penzance!” The second big week of the PM&L rendition of “The Pirates of Penzance” will occur this Fri., Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. (local time); Sat., Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. (local time) and Sun., Aug. 4 at 2:30 p.m. (local time) at the PM&L Theatre venue (877 N. Main St., Antioch, Illinois 60002)! Additional performances will occur on Fri., Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. (local time); Sat., Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. (local time) and Sun., Aug. 11 at 2:30 p.m. (local time)! Tickets are available for purchase online through the Vendini platform and through the PM&L Theatre box office (ticket prices are $15 and $18).
Three cheers and two thumbs up to Jamie and the entire PM&L troupe on their PM&L performances of “The Pirates of Penzance” (or The Slave of Duty”) from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast! All of us are proud of you! Shake a leg and have fun! Kudos, peace & “Hi-Keeba” from all of us fellow coast-to-coast super SvenPals! –C.H.
Ed. Note: (Belated) second anniversary of my Sven/Kerwyn Hood College graduation photo appearance!
Second Anniversary Flashback: Svengoolie (portrayed by Mr. Rich Koz) and Kerwyn’s “mail call” from Svengoolie’s July 29, 2017 big broadcast of the Universal “Inner Sanctum” mystery, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943); recorded by fellow super SvenPal Fritz Freakenstein!
Two years Ago: On the evening of Sat., July 29, 2017; fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals jumped for joy during my “official chicken thrower” Sven T-shirt cameo appearance on Sven and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment for the Universal/Lon Chaney Jr. “Inner Sanctum” mystery, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943) on Me-TV!
Again, I would like to thank all of my fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast for all the wonderful greetings! And thank you to Sven and Kerwyn for showing my Hood College/”official chicken thrower” Sven T-shirt grad. photo appearance back on July 29, 2017! Three cheers, two thumbs up, kudos, peace and “Hi-Keeba” to all my fellow super SvenPals everywhere! I highly appreciate everyone’s greetings! Here’s to many more fun and fantastic Sven Sat. classic film big broadcast showcases with my fellow super SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
In connection to Peter Cushing:
Nov. 1975 edition of NBC’s “Tomorrow” show with Tom Snyder, titled “Monsters & the Movies” with guests Peter Cushing, Prof. Leonard Wolf and Forrest J. Ackerman (from a June 1976 re-broadcast of “Tomorrow,” taped off of NBC Chicago O&O WMAQ-TV 5); via Rick Klein’s official “FuzzyMemories” YouTube site
In connection to “The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964):
“The Evil of Frankenstein” (1964) is also available on Blu-Ray as part of Universal’s multi-film anthology set of classic Hammer monster/horror co-productions, “Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection” and is also available on DVD as part of the Universal-Hammer feature anthology set, “The Hammer Horror Series 8-Film Collection” (originally released under Universal’s “Franchise Series” of classic Universal/Universal-owned films). Freddie Francis’ 1964 Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” feature entry is also available for streaming from Universal through participating video-on-demand providers.
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