The classic 1956 monster feature was directed by veteran Columbia actor-turned director Fred F. Sears and was produced by longtime studio production official Sam Katzman. Katzman and Sears’ many Columbia features include “Rock Around the Clock” (1956); with The Platters, Bill Haley’s Comets and disc jockey Alan Freed, the Ray Harryhausen–Dynamation production of “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956); with Joan Taylor and Hugh Marlowe, “Don’t Knock the Rock” (1956); with Little Richard, Bill Haley’s Comets and Alan Freed, “Calypso Heat Wave” (1957); with Maya Angelou, Joel Grey and Johnny Desmond, “The Giant Claw” (1957); with Jeff Morrow and Mara Corday and “The Night the World Exploded” (1957); with Kathryn Grant and William Leslie.
According to IMDB, the Katzman-Sears-Columbia production of “The Werewolf” (1956) was originally released as a studio double-feature presentation in cinema venues from coast-to-coast with the Harryhausen-Katzman-Sears-Columbia production of “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956).
The screenplay for Katzman and Sears’ 1956 Columbia monster production was written by Robert E. Kent; who was also credited under the pseudonym of James B. Gordon; according to additional details from IMDB.
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of the classic Katzman-Sears-Columbia feature production of “The Werewolf” (1956) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1956 classic Columbia monster feature as a big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere back in Jan. 2019.
Who was in the 1956 Katzman-Sears-Columbia monster production of “The Werewolf?”
The players who appeared in the 1956 Katzman-Sears-Columbia monster feature production were Steven Ritch (as Duncan Marsh/the “Werewolf,” before going into acting and screenwriting; Ritch fought in the Battle at Guadalcanal during World War II, according to Jeff Stafford’s Turner Classic Movies article on “The Werewolf”), Joyce Holden (as Amy Standish, Holden previously appeared in the fourth Universal “Ma and Pa Kettle” screen comedy with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride; 1951’s “Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm”), Don Megowan (as Sheriff Jack Haines; Megowan previously appeared in the 1956 installment in Universal’s “Creature” film franchise series, “Revenge of the Creature” in an uncredited role the Creature for land-based scenes), Kim Charney (as Chris Marsh), George Cisar (as Hoxie; Cisar later appeared in the 1957 Katzman-Sears-Columbia production of “The Giant Claw”), Eleanore Tanin (as Mrs. Helen Marsh), Harry Lauter (as Deputy Ben Clovey), Larry J. Blake (as Hank Durgis), Ken Christy (as Dr. Jonas Gilcrist), James Gavin (as Mack Fanning), S. John Launer(as Dr. Emery Forrest), an uncredited cameo vocal appearance by Fred F. Sears (as the narrator) and George Lynn (as Dr. Morgan Chambers).
Partially inspired by a previous /famed “wolf” monster film series from a rival studio
According to film historian Clive Hirschorn and his retrospective book on Columbia Pictures, “The Columbia Story;” Katzman, Sears and studio officials were partially inspired by rival studio Universal and their production of the George Waggner monster classic, “The Wolf Man” (1941) with Lon Chaney Jr. (in the title role of Lawrence “Wolf Man” Talbot; along with latter reprisals in numerous Universal monster features throughout the 1940s).
Exterior scenes filmed on location in Big Bear, California
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on “The Werewolf,” exterior scenes for the 1956 Katzman-Sears-Columbia monster feature were filmed in the unincorporated town of Big Bear, California; which is near the city of San Bernardino.
Clay Campbell and “The Werewolf” make-up design
The “Werewolf” make-up design for Steven Ritch’s title characterization of “The Werewolf” in the 1956 Katzman-Sears production was created by veteran Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems make-up artist Clay Campbell. 13 years before “The Werewolf,” Campbell devised a similar “werewolf”-style make-up technique for Matt Willis’ characterization of Andreas Obry in Lew Landers’ Columbia monster-thriller classic with Bela Lugosi; “The Return of the Vampire” (1943).
Campbell’s Columbia “werewolf” make-up design was also used for Duke York’s characterization of Lupe the Wolf Man in the studio’s comedic short subject with “The Three Stooges,” “Idle Roomers” (1944); with Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard. The aformentioned Columbia “Stooges” short was directed by veteran Columbia/Stooges director Del Lord.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Werewolf” (1956), this Sat. on Me-TV!
You will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Werewolf” (1956), this Sat. on Me-TV! You will not be disappointed! With Steven Ritch, Joyce Holden, Don Megowan, Kim Charney, George Cisar, Eleanore Tanin, Harry Lauter, Larry J. Blake, Ken Christy, James Gavin, S. John Launer, George Lynn, the narration stylings of Fred F. Sears Clay Campbell’s “Werewolf” make-up design along with Sven’s extended fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! Highly recommended to all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and monster/horror film aficionados everywhere! “A-woooo!”
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 coast-to-coast super SvenPals everywhere this Sat. (via Twitter) during #Svengoolie’s big Me-TV broadcast of “The Werewolf” (1956)!
Speaking of “The Three Stooges:”
The third official Sven T-shirt featuring Sven’s rubber chicken/”mail call” sidekick, Kerwyn is now available for purchase on the official Sven/Me-TV store website! Presented in commemoration of Svengoolie (portrayed by Mr. Rich Koz)’s 40th anniversary in television! Only 500 are available (as of Sept. 1), purchase yours today before they’re gone! Makes a perfect gift/present! And to quote the official Sven/Me-TV online store motto, “no personal checks!” And only purchase official/authentic Sven items through the official Sven/Me-TV online store!
Svengoolie’s alter-ego, Mr. Rich Koz’s recent appearance with Sven executive producer Jim Roche on Tony Lossano’s recent “Nude Hippo: The Podcast” (ep. #6) in commemoration of Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in television (on the Radio Misfits Podcast Network)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Bridgeview/Elk Grove Village, Illinois and beyond!
Svengoolie’s alter-ego, Mr. Rich Koz will be appearing as part of the Lincoln Park Zoo/AAZK (American Association of Zoo Keepers) “Bowling for Rhinos” event at the Diversey River Bowl (2211 W. Diversey Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60647) on Tue., Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. (local time)! Tickets are now available for purchase via Eventbrite. Bowl along or observe during the event! Food will also be served! A “silent auction” and raffle will also take place to help benefit rhino conservation/habitat efforts during the event!
But wait, there’s more! Sven will be having a meet-and-greet photo/autograph appearance at the Bridgeview Park District “Unknown World of the Paranormal” Convention event (8100 Beloit Ave., Bridgeview, Illinois 60455) on Sat. Sept. 21 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (local time)! Tickets are now available for purchase through ActivityReg (tickets are$12). In addition to Sven’s appearance at the Paranormal convention, there will be tarot readers, paranormal-based activities, psychics, lectures and guest experts at the event!
And Sven will be having a free in-person meet-and-greet photo/autograph session at the Elk Grove Library Comic Con® event at the Elk Grove Village Public Library (1001 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007) on Sat., Sept. 28 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (local time)! According to the official Elk Grove Library Comic Con® website, Photo cards of Sven will be provided for Sven’s autograph and Sven will autograph personal items (one per person) and official Sven merchandise will be available for purchase at the event! Plus, there will be comic book illustrators/artists, props and costumes from various comic book and sci-fi features/TV shows, a Hollywood film & TV car show, face painting, food trucks and much, much more!
To all fellow super SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Bridgeview/Elk Grove, Illinois and beyond who are attending Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s appearances at the Chicago “Bowling for Rhinos” event, the Bridgeview Paranormal convention and/or the Elk Grove Library Comic Con® event; have fun meeting/seeing Sven in-person and experience the additional festivities at any one of his upcoming in-person appearances during the month of Sept.! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal David Fuentes’ latest article on Svengoolie/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary/retrospective in television has been published in the current issue of Scary Monsters magazine (issue #114)! A “sneak preview” of David Fuentes’ Sven 40th anniversary article in issue #114 of Scary Monsters has been confirmed by fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Anthony Iwasczyszyn! The current issue of “Scary Monsters” (#114) with David Fuentes’ Sven 40th anniversary article is now available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, comic book store, magazine retailer and through the official Scary Monsters website! Plus, David recently published a highlight blog post of Svengoolie’s recent appearance in Sven’s home city of Berwyn, Illinois at the “Berwyn Route 66 Car Show” festival on his “Terror From Beyond the Dave” site!
Congratulations on your Sven 40th anniversary article being published in Scary Monsters magazine from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast, David! We’re all proud of you and we’re all jumping for joy! Keep up the excellent and wonderful work! And congrats to you and all fellow super SvenPals of the greater Berwyn/Chicago area on seeing Sven in-person during his recent “Route 66 Car Show” appearance! Three cheers, two thumbs up, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” from the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee recently announced during Sven’s big broadcast of “The Giant Claw” (1957) that she will be appearing in the role of Tot in the upcoming Oct. 2019 Corn Productions horror-comedy stage show of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.;” beginning on Thurs., Oct. 3 and concluding on Sat., Nov. 2! Just in time for the Oct. Halloween season, shows will take place on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from early Oct. through early Nov. at Corn Productions’ Cornservatory Theatre venue (4210 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60618)! According to the official website for Corn Productions, additional details and ticket information will be coming soon (stay tuned for additional information)!
Congratulations to Jamie and the entire Corn Productions players crowd on their upcoming Oct. Berwyn/Chicago stage horror-comedy production of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.” from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re all proud of you! All of us are rooting and cheering for you and the entire Corn players theatrical troupe! Break a leg! Two thumbs up, three cheers, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
And be sure to give generously /spread the word to help one of Jamie’s friends from the PM&L players ensemble through her friend’s official “GoFundMe” website (to help offset expensive health costs)! Any amount helps! –C.H.
In connection to “The Werewolf” (1956):
“The Werewolf” (1956) is also available on DVD through Sony’s “Choice Collection” of rare and hard-to-find Columbia features and TV shows. The 1956 Katzman-Sears-Columbia monster production is also available to purchase for streaming from Sony through participating streaming/video-on-demand providers.
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