Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy for his upcoming big broadcast of a classic made-for-TV creature masterpiece.
The 1972 classic creature telefilm masterpiece was directed by Bill Norton, who was credited under the name of B.W.L. Norton. Norton also directed also directed several episodes of “Tour of Duty” (from 1987-89), “SeaQuest: DSV” (two episodes in 1993) with Roy Scheider and the Sci-Fi Channel (pre- “SyFy”) miniseries adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” (three episodes in 2001). The teleplay for “Gargoyles” (1972) was written by the husband-and-wife screenwriting team of Stephen Karpf and Elinor Karpf. Norton’s made-for-TV production of “Gargoyles” was produced by veteran producers Robert W. “Bob” Christiansen, Roger Gimbel and Rick Rosenberg.
“Gargoyles” was produced by Tomorrow Entertainment, the film production arm of General Electric; according to IMDB and Broadcasting (Broadcasting and Cable) Magazine; the production firm was set up by GE in 1970 for broadcast network features). GE’s Tomorrow unit was also involved in Rankin/Bass Productions (a.k.a. Videocraft International); the famed animation studio that was founded by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass; the two were known for their classic “Animagic” stop-motion animation holiday masterpiece specials. Norton’s made-for-TV creature featured premiered on the CBS television network as part of the “New CBS Tuesday Night Movies” on Nov. 21, 1972; according to IMDB and a 1972-73 production leaflet for Tomorrow Entertainment in Broadcasting Magazine.
This will mark Sven’s third big broadcast of “Gargoyles” (1972) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Bill Norton’s 1972 made-for-TV creature classic masterpiece back in May 2017 (as a big broadcast premiere) and Nov. 2018.
Who was in Bill Norton’s made-for-TV movie production of “Gargoyles” (1972)?
The players who appeared in Bill Norton’s made-for-TV movie production of “Gargoyles” (1972) were Bernie Casey (as the lead gargoyle, Casey previously played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers from 1961-66 and the Los Angeles Rams from 1967-68. Along with his poetry, artwork and numerous acting roles; Casey’s best-known acting roles include his role Vince in 1977’s “Ants!”/”It Happened at Lakewood Manor,” the role of CIA agent Leiter in 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” the role of U.N. Jeffferson in 1984’s “Revenge of the Nerds” and the role of Mr. Ryan in 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”), Jennifer Salt (as Diana Boley; Salt previously appeared in the role of Annie in John Schlesinger’s 1969 drama, “Midnight Cowboy” and also appeared in the role of Eunice Tate in the 1977-81 Paul Junger Witt–Tony Thomas–Susan Harris ABC sitcom, “Soap”), Cornel Wilde (as Dr. Mercer Boley, Wilde previously appeared in the title role of Charles Vidor’s 1945 Columbia Pictures Technicolor biopic of composer Frédéric Chopin, “A Song to Remember;” Wilde also directed, produced and appeared in his own 1965 Paramount adventure drama, “The Naked Prey”), Woody Chambliss (as Uncle Willie, Chambliss was also known for his role of Woody Lathrop in the CBS television adaptation of “Gunsmoke;” he appeared in the role from 1966-75), Scott Glenn (as James Reeger), Grayson Hall (as Mrs. Parks), John Gruber (as Jesse), Mickey Alzola, Rock Walker and Greg Walker (the three aforementioned actors played other gargoyles in the 1972 made-for-TV feature), Timothy “Tim” Burns (as Morris Ray), Vic Perrin (in an uncredited role as the voice of the gargoyle, dubbing in Bernie Casey’s dialogue) and Jim Connell (as Buddy).
Inspirations for “Gargoyles” (1972)
According to the Feb. 1973 article on Bill Norton’s 1972 made-for-TV production of “Gargoyles” (1972) for The Monster Times, screenwriter Stephen Karpf recounted that his wife; Elinor was inspired by a nightmare that she experienced of Gargoyle-style creatures taking over the world. Elinor was interested in the topic of Gargoyles and Stephen elaborated on her accounts for the teleplay.
Producer Rick Rosenberg recounted that the production of the 1972 made-for-TV Gargoyle creature masterpiece was filmed as a tribute to the numerous classic monster and horror feature film masterpieces that he enjoyed watching at his local movie theater growing up.
“Gargoyles” (1972): One of the earliest productions for a legendary film and TV make-up effects artist
Bill Norton’s 1972 made-for-TV production of “Gargoyles” marked one of the first productions for future veteran make-up and creature effects artist Stan Winston, according to additional information from IMDB. Winston, along with veteran make-up/creature effects designers Del Armstrong and Ellis Burman Jr. worked on the make-up and costume effects for Bernie Casey, Mickey Alzoa, Greg Walker and Rock Walker’s “Gargoyle” creature characterizations. Winston, Armstrong and the junior Burman won the1973 Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for their work in “Gargoyles.” Winston went onto greater fame for his numerous creature, animatronic and special make-up effect creations for directors James Cameron (for 1984’s “The Terminator”), Fred Dekker (for 1987’s “The Monster Squad”), Tim Burton (for 1990’s “Edward Scissorhands”), Steven Spielberg (for 1993’s “Jurassic Park”) and Jon Favreau (for 2008’s “Iron Man”).
Bernie Casey’s account of the “Gargoyle” make-up and costume
According to additional details from the Feb. 1973 Monster Times article, actor Bernie Casey recounted that the wearing Gargoyle costume outfit for Bill Norton’s 1972 made-for-TV production was similar to being in a steam bath. Casey also mentioned that the contact lenses for the Gargoyle creature mask/make-up design were extremely uncomfortable during filming.
Be sure to watch and record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Gargoyles” (1972), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Compilation sneak preview trailer for “Gargoyles” (1972).
With Bernie Casey, Jennifer Salt, Cornel Wilde, Woody Chambliss, Scott Glenn, Grayson Hall, John Gruber, Mickey Alzola, Rock Walker, Greg Walker, Timothy “Tim” Burns, Vic Perrin, Jim Connell; along with the Emmy-award winning “Gargoyle” make-up and costume effect designs of Stan Winston, Del Armstrong and Ellis Burman Jr.; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Gargoyles” (1972), this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect escape from anxiety and stress with Sven’s extra fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song, Kerwyn’s “at home”/Berwyn ”home office” mail call segment and much, much more! A perfect made-for-TV creature feature treat for all fellow super SvenPals everywhere with one of Sven’s many-requested films! Join in on the fun this Sat. with Sven’s big broadcast of the 1972 made-for-TV classic creature masterpiece with all fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam 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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In connection to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: Again, to quote Sven’s executive producer, Jim Roche: “#KeepCalmAndWatchSven!” And again, to the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals of Svengoolie everywhere; safety first, take all precautions seriously, practice social distancing measures, use a sleeve/tissue when coughing/sneezing, wear a face mask/appropriate face covering, wash your hands for approximately 20 sec., avoid touching your face, stay home, keep healthy and stay well. Again, look to the positive wisdom, encouragement, enlightenment and wisdom of Svengoolie, the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals of Svengoolie everywhere, the entire crowd of fellow super MSTies of Mystery Science Theater 3000 everywhere & the entire crowd of fellow classic film enthusiasts everywhere! Again, let’s all take preventative measures by staying well, being hopeful, staying safe and keeping healthy! And again, we fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals highly recommend watching Kerwyn’s informative coronavirus/COVID-19 prevention public service announcement! Escape from stress, chaos and anxiety by relaxing and having fun with Sven and his Sat. evening big broadcasts of classic creature, monster, horror and sci-fi feature film masterpieces on the Me-TV airlanes! Join in on the fun with the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals by live-tweeting through the airlanes of Twitter during Sven’s Sat. evening big broadcasts on Me-TV’s airlanes! And again, safety first, keep healthy and stay well, Sven/Mr. Rich Koz, the entire Sven/Me-TV production crowd & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! And again, to quote Me-TV’s preventative motto; “#StayHomeWithMe!” –C.H.
From Sven’s famous studio set to your home! Download Svengoolie’s famous Me-TV dungeon “studio set” background (featuring Body Sorrell) for your favorite videoconferencing platform (Zoom, Skype, etc.), as part of Me-TV’s assortment of classic TV show backgrounds for online videoconferencing!
The official Sven “Studio Set” figurine is still available for purchase on the official Sven/Me-TV online store! The official Sven/Me-TV/Figures Toy Co. Svengoolie “Studio Set” limited edition Sven figurine with commemorative Sven studio set coffin featuring “Body Sorrell” and official miniature Archie McPhee rubber chicken is still available for purchase on the official Svengoolie/Me-TV online store website! And again, to quote the official rule of the official Sven/Me-TV online store site, “no personal checks!” And only purchase authentic/official Sven/Me-TV merchandise from the official Sven/Me-TV online store!
From Sven’s famous Berwyn studio set to your home studio set! Download Svengoolie’s famous Me-TV dungeon “studio set” background (featuring Body Sorrell) for your favorite online videoconferencing platform (Zoom, Skype, etc.), as part of Me-TV’s assortment of classic TV show backgrounds for online videoconferencing!
A cameo mention of a fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal!
Extra! Extra! Extra! “There’s no need to fear!” Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee recently recorded an online “Jammin’ with Jamie” interview with veteran comic book artist Matt Hansel, illustrator of the American Mythology comic book adaptations of the 1964-73 “Underdog” TV cartoon series; “Underdog” and “Underdog and Pals;” plus much, much more in connection to “Underdog!” Jamie’s exclusive “Underdog” online “Jammin’ with Jamie” interview with Matt Hansel is available to watch via Jamie’s official website, official Twitter site and official YouTube site! Perfect for all fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers, fellow super SvenPals, fellow aficionados of “Underdog” and fellow cartoon and comic book aficionados everywhere! Highly recommended! And Jamie is also seeking recommendations/suggestions of future guests/guest experts for future “Jammin’ with Jamie” online interviews; according to Jamie’s official website and Twitter site!
Congratulations to Jamie and Matt from all of us fellow super jammers of “Jammin’ with Jamie,” super SvenPals of Svengoolie, fellow aficionados of “Underdog” and fellow cartoon and comic book aficionados everywhere! We’re all proud of you! All of us are jumping for joy! Safety first, stay well, keep healthy, three cheers, two thumbs up, peace & “Hi-Keeba!” to Jamie, Matt & the entire crowd of fellow “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals, fellow “Underdog” aficionados and fellow aficionados of classic cartoons and comic books everywhere! Keep up the wonderful and excellent work, Jamie and Matt! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Update: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee announced that Northwestern University Radio/WNUR 89.3 FM has extended their studio hiatus due to preventative measures/steps in response to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic until additional details. Again, pre-recorded/archival editions of Jamie’s “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcasts and other pre-recorded WNUR programs will be playing in rotation on the station via WNUR-FM 89.3/FM 89.3-HD1 in the greater Berwyn/Chicago listening area and WNUR.org or through the TuneIn platform from coast-to-coast, around the world and throughout the galaxy! Again, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals/fellow super jammers can also listen to pre-recorded/archival editions of Jamie’s past “Jammin’ with Jamie” programs (2016-present), additional details/information can be found via Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or website!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Be sure to give generously/spread the word/help out one of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee’s friends from the PM&L players troupe by donating whatever you can to her friend’s official GoFundMe fund site to help offset the costly costs of additional medical treatments. Help out one of Jamie’s friends by donating generously/spreading the word! Again, any amount helps!-C.H.
In connection to “Gargoyles” (1972):
An Oct. 1986 advertisement (from future Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland Me-TV affiliate) WTTG-5 and their “Prime Movie”/“5 Nights of Horror” theme week series of classic/cult creature/horror thriller promoting their airing of “Gargoyles” (1972)!
“Gargoyles” (1972) is also available to watch on Shout! Factory’s ad-supported streaming service, Shout! Factory TV (by arrangement with Dreamworks Classics/Classic Media, LLC, part of the Tomorrow Entertainment library holdings)!
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