My Sven pumpkin creation for Halloween 2019! Sidebar: Captured indoors due to rainy weather conditions at the home office of “Silver Screen Reflections.” A very Happy and safe Halloween to the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow super readers/classic cinema enthusiasts from the writer/author of “Silver Screen Reflections!” Whether you enjoyed your favorite classic horror/monster/sci-fi/Halloween feature film or TV show/series, a Halloween/Horror-comedy stage production, your favorite Halloween tunes, Sven’s radio appearances on both WGN Radio & Me-TV Radio or trick-or-treating, the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” hope everyone from coast-to-coast enjoyed their Halloween! Fingers crossed that the weather will improve soon and for next Halloween from coast-to-coast! From Walkersville to Berwyn and beyond, kudos, three cheers, two thumbs up, peace and “Hi-Keeba” to all fellow super SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
A snippet from the 1933 Universal production of “The Invisible Man.” Note: The Universal and/or latter Realart (re-issue) theatrical trailers are unavailable on YouTube and/or any other online video platform as of this writing. –C.H.
Adapted from H.G. Wells’ sci-fi thriller novel, the 1933 Universal monster/sci-fi masterpiece adaptation of “The Invisible Man” was directed by veteran Universal director James Whale. Whale was known for his numerous landmark classic mammoth Universal monster screen masterpieces throughout his screen career, including “Frankenstein” (1931, with Boris Karloff) and “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, with Elsa Lanchester and Karloff). The screenplay adaptation was written by veteran screenwriter R.C. Sherriff, along with uncredited screenplay material by Philip Wylie and young Preston Sturges (Sturges went onto greater fame directing comedies for Paramount throughout the 1940s). “The Invisible Man” (1933) was produced by studio executive/producer Carl Laemmle Jr., son of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle.
This will mark Sven’s sixth big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Invisible Man” (1933) on Me-TV. He previously showcased James Whale’s 1933 classic Universal monster/sci-fi masterpiece back in June 2011*, May 2013, March 2014, July 2015 and March 2016.
Who was in “The Invisible Man” (1933)?
The players who appeared in James Whale’s 1933 landmark Universal monster/sci-fi adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” were Claude Rains (as Dr. Jack Griffin/the “Invisible Man”), Gloria Stuart (as Flora Cranley), Henry Travers (as Dr. Cranley), Una O’Connor (as Jenny Hall), Forrester Harvey (sa Herbert Hall), William Harrigan (as Dr. Arthur Kemp), Holmes Herbert (as the police chief), Dudley Digges (as the chief detective), E.E. Clive (as constable Jaffers), Merle Tottenham (as Millie), Harry Stubbs (as Inspector Bird), Donald Stuart (as Inspector Lane), supporting Universal horror veteran Dwight Frye (in an uncredited role as a reporter), young John Carradine (in an uncredited role as an informer) and young Walter Brennan (in an uncredited role as a bicycle owner).
The 1944 Universal “Mummy” monster feature entry was directed by Reginald Le Borg. Le Borg also directed the Universal “Inner Sanctum” screen thriller-mystery entry, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943). The screenplay for “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944) was written by veteran screenwriters Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher and Brenda Weisberg.
This will mark Sven’s sixth big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944) on Me-TV. He previously showcased LeBorg’s 1944 Universal “Mummy” monster classic entry back in March 2012*, July 2012*, Dec. 2013, Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2016.
Who was in “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944)?
The players who appeared in Le Borg’s 1944 Universal production of “The Mummy’s Ghost” were Lon Chaney Jr. (as the “Mummy” Kharis), John Carradine (as Yousef Bey), Ramsay Ames (as Amina Mansouri), Barton MacLane (as Inspector Walgreen), George Zucco (as the High Priest), Frank Reicher (as Prof. Matthew Norman), Harry Shannon (as the Sheriff), Emmett Vogan (as a coroner), Lester Sharpe (as Dr. Ayad), Claire Whitney (as Mrs. Norman) and Oscar O’Shea (as a watchman).
This marked the second Universal screen appearance of the “Mummy” Kharis for the junior Lon Chaney. He previously played the role of Kharis in Harold Young‘s Universal “Mummy” entry, “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942). Shortly after “The Mummy’s Ghost,” the junior Chaney played the role of Kharis for the third and final time in Leslie Goodwins‘ Universal “Mummy” entry, “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944). One year earlier, Ramsay Ames appeared in the role of Maria Steele with Lon Chaney Jr. in the Reginald Le Borg-Universal “Inner Sanctum” mystery/thriller, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943). Around the same year that “The Mummy’s Ghost” was released, Ames appeared in an uncredited cameo role appearance with the junior Chaney in Edward F. “Eddie” Cline’s Universal comedic ghost farce, “Ghost Catchers” (1944, with Andy Devine, Leo Carrillo and the comedic duo of Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson).
Barton MacLane** previously appeared in the “Torchy Blane” film series for Warner Bros. (in the role of Steve McBride w/ Glenda Farrell from 1937–39) and also appeared in the role of Lt. Det. Dundy in John Huston’s screen adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon” (1941, w/ Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Ward Bond). MacLane’s final acting role was his role of Gen. Peterson in Sidney Sheldon’s “I Dream of Jeannie” (from 1965 until MacLane’s death in 1969, w/ Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily and Hayden Roarke). Veteran horror actor George Zucco previously played the role of Andoheb in Christy Cabanne’s Universal “Mummy” monster sequel, “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940, w/ Tom Tyler).
“The Mummy” (1932) was directed by veteran cinematographer Karl Freund. Freund was also known for his cinematography for Fritz Lang’s German silent sci-fi production of “Metropolis” (1927) and for Tod Browning’s landmark Universal monster adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s “Dracula” (1931) with Bela Lugosi.
In addition to working on numerous feature film productions throughout his career in the field of cinema, Freund later developed the 35mm three-camera film setup for television production (with three simultaneous cameras) in the early 1950s for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s Desilu Productions (for the couple’s popular 1951-57 CBS network sitcom, “I Love Lucy”).
This will mark Sven’s fifth big broadcast of “The Mummy” (1932) on Me-TV. He previously broadcast Karl Freund’s 1932 Universal monster masterpiece back in Aug. 2011*, Aug. 2012*, Nov. 2014 and Feb. 2016.
Who was in “The Mummy” (1932)?
The players who appeared in Freund’s classic 1932 Universal monster masterpiece were Boris Karloff (in the dual roles of Ardath Bey/the “Mummy” Imhotep), Zita Johann (in the dual roles of Helen Grosvenor/ Princess Anck-es-en-Amon), Edward Van Sloan (as Dr. Muller), Kathryn Byron (as Frau Muller), Noble Johnson (as the Nubian), David Manners (as Frank Whemple), Arthur Byron (as Sir Joseph Whemple), Bramwell Fletcher (as Ralph Norton), Leonard Mudie (as Prof. Pearson) and James Crane (as the Pharaoh).
Svengoolie’s advertisement/brief preview of his upcoming big broadcast of “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) on Me-TV (from Tim Bartsch’s YouTube channel). Note: As of this writing, the original theatrical trailer to the 1951 Columbia horror-monster production is unavailable on YouTube or any other online video platform. -C.H.
The 1951 horror-monster entry was directed by veteran Columbia-Screen Gems production supervisor Seymour Friedman, who worked on two latter mystery features in Columbia’s “Boston Blackie” mystery adaptations with Chester Morris in 1948 and 1949. Friedman also supervised numerous television productions for the studio’s Screen Gems unit (including episodes of “Father Knows Best” from 1958-60, “Hazel” from 1961-66, “Bewitched” from 1964-66, “I Dream of Jeannie” from 1965-66 and the 1966 pilot episode of “The Monkees*”).
Veteran Columbia screenwriter Mortimer Braus and former newspaper columnis Jack Pollexfen wrote the screenplay for Friedman’s 1951 production of “The Son of Dr. Jekyll,” which was loosely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s celebrated thriller novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1951 Friedman-Columbia monster/horror feature back in April 2019.
Who was in Friedman’s 1951 Columbia monster-horror classic?
The players who appeared in “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) were Louis Hayward (in the dual roles of Edward Jekyll/Mr. Hyde; Hayward previously appeared in the title role of Simon “The Saint” Templar in the 1938 Ben Holmes-RKO production of “The Saint in New York;” which was the first RKO screen adaptation of Leslie Charteris’ novel in the studio’s “Saint” feature adaptation series), Jody Lawrance (as Lynn Utterson, Lawrance later appeared with Mickey Rooney in Richard Quine’s 1953 Columbia musical comedy; “All Ashore”), young Hamilton Camp (in an uncredited role as William Bennett, Camp went onto greater fame as a singer-songwriter and cartoon vocalist; including his dual vocalizations of the character of Fenton Crackshell/Gizmoduck in the original 1987-90 Disney syndicated animated series, “DuckTales”), Alexander Knox (as Dr. Curtis Lanyon), Lester Matthews (as Sir John Utterson, Matthews previously appeared in the role of Paul Ames in the 1935 Stuart Walker–Universal werewolf monster classic; “Werewolf of London”), Gavin Muir (as Richard Daniels; Muir also appeared in the role of Dr. Philip Gray in the 1951 Universal “Invisible Man” monster farce with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man”), Rhys Williams (as Michaels), Paul Cavanagh (as Inspector Stoddard, Cavanagh later played the role of Sidney Wallace in the Andre de Toth’s 1953 Warner Bros. 3-D thriller classic with Vincent Price, “House of Wax”) and Holmes Herbert (in an uncredited role as a constable, Herbert previously appeared in the role of Dr. John Lanyon in the1931 Rouben Mamoulian–Paramount screen adaptation of Stevenson’s thriller with Frederic March; “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”).