Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy for his big broadcast of a classic sci-fi special effects thriller.
The 1959 sci-fi thriller was directed by veteran director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and veteran producer Jack H. Harris. Harris and the junior Yeaworth were known for their theatrical productions, including their first sci-fi masterpiece classic feature; “The Blob” (1958, with young Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut) and their creature classic, “Dinosaurus!” (1960, with Kristina Hanson, Gregg Martell and Ward Ramsey).
The screenplay for the Harris-Yeaworth production of “4D Man” (1959) was written by veteran screenwriters Cy Chermak (who also produced numerous episodes of “The Virginian” from 1964–67, “Ironside” from 1967–74 and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” from 1974–75) and Theodore Simonson (who also wrote the screenplay for “The Blob” in 1958). The Harris-Yeaworth production of “4D Man” was originally released theatrically by Universal Studios throughout the United States and Canada in 1959 (Universal also handled the theatrical release of Harris & Yeaworth’s “Dinosaurus!” in 1960).
Jack H. Harris Enterprises (successor to Harris’ Fairview Productions) re-issued “4D Man” under the title of “Master of Terror” in 1965 as a double-feature presentation with Harris’ re-dubbed feature-length edition of the Argentinean television adaptations of select Edgar Allen Poe horror tales under the title of “Master of Horror,” a.k.a. “Obras maestras del terror” (1965); according to IMDB.
This will mark Sven’s second big broadcast of “4D Man” (1959) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1959 Harris-Yeaworth-Universal sci-fi thriller classic back in March 2019.
Who was in the Harris-Yeaworth-Universal production of “4D Man” (1959)?
The players who appeared in the 1959 Harris-Yeaworth-Universal sci-fi thriller production of “4D Man” were Robert Lansing (as Dr. Scott Nelson; Lansing later played the role of Brig. Gen. Frank Savage in the Quinn Martin–Twentieth Century Fox TV adaptation of “12 O’clock High” from 1964-65), Lee Meriwether (as Linda Davis; Meriwether won the 1955 Miss America pageant before she went into her acting career; she later appeared in the dual roles of Catwoman/Kitka in the 1966 feature-length Twentieth Century Fox film adaptation of the live-action “Batman” TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward, “Batman: The Movie;” Meriweather also appeared in the role of Lisa Carson in two episodes of the “Batman” TV series with West and Ward in 1967, “Batman’s Waterloo” and “King Tut’s Coup”), Patty Duke (as Marjorie Sutherland, Duke went onto greater fame for her Academy Award-winning role of young Helen Keller in Arthur Penn’s 1962 critically-acclaimed film adaptation of William Gibson’s play, “The Miracle Worker” alongside Anne Bancroft; Duke also had her own successful TV sitcom where she played the dual roles of identical cousins Cathy Lane and Patty Lane from 1963-66, “The Patty Duke Show”), James Congdon (as Dr. Tony Nelson)*, Edgar Stehli (as Dr. Theodore W. Carson), Chic James (as a “B-Girl”), Robert Strauss (as Roy Parker), Jasper Deeter (as Mr. Welles), Elbert Smith (as Capt. Rogers), George Karas (as Sgt. Todaman, Karas received screen credit under the name of “George Kara” in the film; Karas previously appeared in the role of Officer Ritchie in the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth production of “The Blob”) and Guy Raymond (as Fred).
Bart Sloane and his “4D Man” special visual effects for Robert Lansing
Special effects artist Barton “Bart” Sloane designed the “4D formula” cinematography visual effect for Robert Lansing’s characterization of Dr. Scott Nelson, according to additional information from IMDB. One year earlier, Sloane designed the non-stick “Blob” creation for the Harris-Yeaworth production of “The Blob.”
Before working on Jack H. Harris and Irvin S. Yeaworth’s productions of “The Blob” and “4D Man,” Sloane served as an art director and animator for the Chester Springs, Pennsylvania-based religious film outfit, Good News Productions**; according to IMDB and a 2018 obituary on Sloane. Sloane’s post-“Blob” and “4D Man” work was in the field of animated advertising commercials and industrial films.
“4D Man:” Originally planned as a theatrical release from the original distributor for the Harris-Yeaworth production of “The Blob”
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on the 1959 Jack H. Harris-Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. production of “4D Man,” the two were unsure if they wanted to continue distributing their future theatrical features through Paramount Pictures. Paramount originally handled the theatrical distribution of the Harris-Yeaworth production of “The Blob” in 1958, according to IMDB. Universal Studios obtained the United States and Canadian theatrical distribution rights to Harris and the junior Yeaworth’s sci-fi thriller production of “4D Man.”
Harris started production on “4D Man” as a result of the money he made from his 1958 production of “The Blob,” according to additional details from IMDB.
Released in Britain by Universal’s competitor
According to the 1959 British theatrical release poster for “4D Man,” the film was not released by Universal Studios in Great Britain. The Harris-Yeaworth sci-fi special effects thriller was released in Britain by Universal’s rival, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “4D Man” (1959), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Don’t miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “4D Man” (1959), this Sat. on Me-TV! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended to all fellow super SvenPals everywhere ith Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, Patty Duke, James Congdon*, Edgar Stehli, Chic James, Robert Strauss, Jasper Deeter, Elbert Smith, George Karas and Guy Raymond; along with Bart Sloane’s visual effects, Sven’s extra fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody tune and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment!
Note: *James Congdon’s characterization of “Dr. Tony Nelson” is not connected to Larry Hagman’s characterization of “Maj. Anthony ‘Tony’ Nelson” in the 1965-70 “I Dream of Jeannie” series with Barbara Eden, Bill Daily and Hayden Rorke. –C.H.
**In Irvin S. Yeaworth’s pre-“Blob” and “4D Man” film career, he established Good News Productions in 1952; according to a 2004 Los Angeles Times obituary on the junior Yeaworth. –C.H.
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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(As of this writing): Limited quantities of Svengoolie/Mr. Rich Koz’s official Sven 40th anniversary T-shirt with Kerwyn are still available for purchase (excluding small sized T-shirts, as they are sold out) from the official Sven/Me-TV online store! Get yours today! Makes a perfect present/gift! And to quote the official motto of the official Sven/Me-TV online, “no personal checks!” And only purchase genuine authentic/official Sven items from the official Sven/Me-TV online store site!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Bridgeview/Elk Grove Village, Illinois and beyond!
Sven’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” benefit 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 available for purchase through Eventbrite’s platform. Bowl along for charity or observe during the event! Food will also be served along with a “silent auction” and raffle to help benefit rhino habitat/conservation efforts!
Sven willalso be having a meet-and-greet autograph/photo appearance at the Bridgeview Park District “Unknown World of the Paranormal” convention festival (8100 Beloit Ave., Bridgeview, Illinois 60455) on Sat. Sept. 21 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (local time)! Tickets are for purchase through ActivityReg (tickets are $12 per person). Alongside Sven’s Paranormal convention appearance, there will be paranormal-based activities, psychics, tarot readers, lectures and guest experts in the world of the paranormal at the festival!
Sven will also be having a free meet-and-greet in-person photo/autograph session at the Elk Grove Public Library’s Comic Con® event a (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 site for the Elk Grove Library Comic Con®, 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, costumes/props from various comic book and sci-fi features/TV programs, a Hollywood film & TV automobile show, food trucks, face painting, 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 upcoming appearances at the Chicago “Bowling for Rhinos” festvial, the Bridgeview Paranormal convention and/or the Elk Grove Library Comic Con® festival; have fun meeting and seeing Sven/Mr. Rich Koz in-person and experience the additional festivities at any one of his upcoming in-person appearances throughout the month of Sept.! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra (officially confirmed by fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Fritz Freakenstein)! Fellow super SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy when one of our fellow super SvenPals’ names was mentioned by Kerwyn during his recent “Joke of the Week” segment on Svengoolie’s official website! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Betty McLaughlin’s recent joke for Kerwyn was featured on his “Joke of the Week” online video segment on Sven’s official site!
Congratulations, Betty from the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere on having your joke featured in Kerwyn’s recent “Joke of the Week” featurette on Sven’s official website! We’re all proud of you! Three cheers, kudos, two thumbs up, peace and “Hi-Keeba” from all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal David Fuentes recently published part V of Sven’s 40th anniversary “Flashback Weekend 2019” appearance on the “Terror From Beyond the Dave” horror blog site, with the eyewitness highlights of the “Sinister Visions Costume Contest” (costumes connected to classic/cult horror films and TV shows); hosted by Sven and introduced by WGN Radio personality Nick Digilio!
Congratulations to David, Sven/Mr. Rich Koz, Nick and Sven’s team from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals on witnessing Sven’s appearance at the “Sinister Visions Costume Contest” at “Flashback Weekend!” Congrats to all contest participants! Glad to hear you all enjoyed the costume show! Keep up the wonderful/excellent work, sir! Two thumbs up, peace, kudos, three cheers, and “Hi-Keeba” from all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
And if your local bookseller, comic book store and/or newsstand carries the recent issue of “Scary Monsters” magazine (issue #114), be sure to check out David’s article on Sven in commemoration of Svengoolie/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in TV! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee will be appearing with the Corn Productions players in the role of Tot in the upcoming Oct. 2019 horror-comedy stage show of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.;” beginning on Thurs., Oct. 3! Just in time for Halloween, the Corn troupe’s “Nigtmares on Lincoln Ave.” stage 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)! Note: Additional details and ticket information have not been revealed yet according to the official website of Corn Prroductions, stay tuned for additional information!
Congratulations to Jamie and the entire Corn players troupe crowd from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on their upcoming Berwyn/Chicago stage horror-comedy productions of “Nightmares on Lincoln Ave.!” We’re all cheering for you and the entire Corn players troupe! We’re all proud of you! Three cheers, peace, kudos, two thumbs & “Hi-Keeba” from all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
In connection to “4D Man” (1959):
“4D Man” (1959) is also available on Blu-Ray and DVD disc (titled “4D Man: Special Edition,” newly restored from the original camera negative) from Kino Lorber’s “KL Studio Classics” line (by arrangement with Worldwide Entertainment Corporation/Jack H. Harris Enterprises/estate of Jack H. Harris).
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