The 1942 Universal production of “Night Monster” was directed by veteran studio director Ford Beebe. Beebe’s other productions include the latter Universal “Flash Gordon” serial adaptation installment with Olympic swimming champion Buster Crabbe, “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe” (1940, co-directed with Ray Taylor) and the fifth entry in Universal’s classic mammoth “Invisible Man” monster masterpiece film franchise series, “The Invisible Man’s Revenge” (1944) with Jon Hall and Evelyn Ankers. The original screenplay for “Night Monster” (1942) was written by veteran screenwriter Clarence Upson Young. That same year, Young also wrote the screenplay for William Nigh’s classic Universal mystery-thriller masterpiece, “The Strange Case of Dr. Rx” (1942).
This will mark Sven’s fourth big broadcast of “Night Monster” (1942) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Beebe’s classic Universal mystery-thriller-horror masterpiece entry back in Oct. 2015 as a big broadcast premiere, Aug. 2016 and Aug. 2017.
Who was in Ford Beebe’s Universal production of “Night Monster” (1942)?
The players who appeared in Ford Beebe’s classic Universal thriller-mystery-horror masterpiece production of “Night Monster” (1942) were Bela Lugosi (as Rolf), Lionel Atwill (as Dr. King), Irene Hervey (as Dr. Lynne Harper), Leif Erickson (as Laurie), Ralph Morgan (as Kurt Ingston), Don Porter (as Dick Baldwin), Nils Asther (as Agor Singh), Doris Lloyd (as Sarah Judd), Frank Reicher (as Dr. Timmons), Francis Pierlot (as Dr. Phipps), Robert Homans (as constable Capp Baggs, Janet Shaw (as Milly Carson), Eddy Waller (as Jed Harmon) and Cyril Delevanti (as Torque).
Veteran horror-monster film legend Bela Lugosi rose to stardom for his title role of Count Dracula in Tod Browning’s classic Universal mammoth monster masterpiece feature adaptation of “Dracula” (1931). One year before “Night Monster,” Lugosi played the role of the gypsy Bela in George Waggner’s classic Universal mammoth monster masterpiece with Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Claude Rains, Maria Ouspenskaya, Warren William and Ralph Bellamy in “The Wolf Man” (1941). Veteran Universal thriller-horror actor Lionel Atwill also appeared in the role of Dr. Theodore Bohmer in the studio’s fourth classic “Frankenstein” mammoth monster franchise masterpiece entry with Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942).
Aside from her numerous film and TV roles throughout her screen career, Irene Hervey also appeared in the role of Mrs. Polly Peabody in Irving Pichel’s Universal comedy-fantasy entry with William Powell and Ann Blyth, “Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid” (1948). Hervey latter played the role of Aunt Meg in Aaron Spelling’s 1965-66 Four Star-ABC detective series with Anne Francis, “Honey West.” Don Porter also appeared in Jean Yarbrough’s Universal classic werewolf monster masterpiece with June Lockhart, “She-Wolf of London” (1946). Porter went onto greater fame for his role of Prof. Russell Lawrence in Paul Wendkos’ Columbia “Gidget” entry with Cindy Carol, “Gidget Goes to Rome” (1963) and in the 1965-66 Columbia-Screen Gems/ABC TV series adaptation with Sally Field, “Gidget.”
Original working title for “Night Monster” (1942)
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on Ford Beebe’s 1942 Universal thriller-mystery-horror feature, the original working title for the production of “Night Monster” was “House of Mystery.”
“Night Monster:” Ford Beebe’s first feature-length production
“Night Monster” (1942) was one of the first feature-length productions for director Ford Beebe, according to Sean Axmaker’s Turner Classic Movies online article on the 1942 Universal thriller-mystery-horror feature. It was reported that the veteran short subject film director took great interest in his first feature-length film production and had praise for Bela Lugosi. Beebe previously worked with Lugosi on the earlier Universal horror serial series, “The Phantom Creeps” (1939, co-directed with Saul A. Goodkind).
Elements from two earlier Universal productions were featured in “Night Monster” (1942)
According to additional details from Axmaker’s TCM online article on Beebe’s 1942 Universal horror-thriller-mystery entry, leftover interior set elements from the studio’s earlier productions of “The Wolf Man” (1941) and “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942) were used in the production of “Night Monster.”
Ford Beebe’s “Night Monster” impressed the legendary “master of suspense”
Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock enjoyed watching the Universal-Ford Beebe production of “Night Monster” (1942), according to IMDB. According to additional information from Sean Axmaker’s TCM online article, it was noted that Hitchcock viewed a rough workprint of the 1942 Beebe/Universal thriller-mystery-horror feature. The legendary “master of suspense” was impressed that Beebe’s feature was filmed in 11 days and led Hitchcock to cast Janet Shaw in his classic Universal suspense-thriller masterpiece production with Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten and Macdonald Carey, “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943).
Additional insight into the original 1942 theatrical release of “Night Monster” as a double-feature presentation with another Universal monster-horror thriller feature
Ford Beebe’s “Night Monster” (1942) was released theatrically by Universal as a double-feature presentation with the third entry in the studio’s classic mammoth “Mummy” monster masterpiece film franchise series, “The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942) with Lon Chaney Jr., Elyse Knox, Turhan Bey, George Zucco and Dick Foran; according to IMDB.
According to the Aug. 1943 issue of Showmen’s Trade Review, a mock Kharis “Mummy” display was placed outside the theater in a makeshift coffin display as a promotional gimmick for the original Universal double-feature theatrical screening of “The Mummy’s Tomb” and “Night Monster” at the now-defunct Loew’s Poli-Bijou theater in New Haven, Connecticut.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Night Monster” (1942), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Irene Hervey, Leif Erickson, Ralph Morgan, Don Porter, Nils Asther, Doris Lloyd, Frank Reicher, Francis Pierlot, Robert Homans, Janet Shaw Eddy Waller and Cyril Delevanti; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Night Monster” (1943), this Sat. on Me-TV! Escape from stress and anxiety by having fun with Sven and his big broadcast for Ford Beebe’s 1942 classic Universal mystery/horror/thriller masterpiece! A perfect treat for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow classic Universal horror-mystery thriller aficionados everywhere with Sven’s extensive fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song, Kerwyn’s “home office” mail call and much, much more! 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
Join in on the fun by having fun and live-tweeting with the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere via twitter during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955), this Sat. on Me-TV!
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In connection to Alfred Hitchcock: Watch/record Alfred Hitchcock’s hour-long edition of his legendary MCA (Revue)-Universal anthology mystery/suspense TV series, “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” (the 1962-65 continuation of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”); latenight weeknights and Sun./early Mon. morning at 1 a.m. Eastern/Midnight Central on most Me-TV stations!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Limited supples left! The official Svengoolie/Me-TV Sven “at-home” box activity gift set is still available for purchase via the official Sven/Me-TV online store website (contains a Sven three-dimensional cube puzzle, a Sven mini “magic doodle” sketch keychain to draw Sven and/or Kerwyn, a deck of Sven playing cards, the Sven “fun putty” egg/“crack me up!,” a Sven plastic spring toy/the “Svenkie,” the 100-piece Sven “It Came From Berwyn!” puzzle, the Sven “squishy bat” stress reliever/not connected to Sven’s former WCIU mail call sidekick, “Ed the bat;” Sven microwave popcorn and a 16-page Sven word jumble puzzle/crossword puzzle/”Svendoku” sudoku/joke/maze/trivia book! And again, to quote the official rule of the Sven/Me-TV online store, “no personal checks!” And only purchase authentic/official Sven & Me-TV items from the official Sven/Me-TV online store! –C.H.
From Sven’s Berwyn studio dungeon set to your home studio dungeon set! Download Svengoolie’s Me-TV famous Berwyn dungeon “studio set” background (featuring Body Sorrell) for your favorite videoconferencing platform (Skype, Zoom, etc.), as part of Me-TV’s assortment of classic TV show backgrounds for online videoconferencing!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! In order of the timeframe appearance on the Twitter airlanes: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast jumped for joy as two of our fellow super SvenPals recently released their newest Sven artwork creation editions and recent additions to their Sven artwork creation designs on the Twitter airlanes!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Nanette Keir recently created a Sven banner art collage piece! Nanette’s creation featured one of her Sven sketches/tablet drawings with an Adobe Photoshop-based filter, featuring a trio of Svens with an “action style-swirl” background! Nanette created earlier “action style-swirl” collages of Sven, Penn & Teller and her pet, Stubbs!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Nanette’s Sven banner art creation inspired fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes to create a Sven banner-sized edition of one of her Sven painting/artwork collage pieces! Sarah’s creation featured one of her Sven art/sketch/painting pieces in the form of a comic book/graphic novel art style creation, featuring Sven defending himself from a barrage of rubber chickens, “action-style!”
Extra! Extra! Extra! Wait! There’s more! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes added a recent variant to her Sven skate artwork creation on the Twitter airlanes! Sarah’s newest addition to her Sven skate art creation included a drawing of her Koss Pro/4AA professional/broadcast stereophones on her Sven artwork creation in connection to her KBEC/Waxahachie, Texas big broadcast radio shows and in support with Sven/Rich and all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere for Svengoolie/Rich’s guest appearances on the big broadcast radio* airlanes of Chicago and beyond! Sarah’s custom Svengoolie skateboard artwork design debuted during Sven’s big June 1, 2019 big premiere broadcast of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966) on Sven and Kerwyn’s Me-TV “mail call” segment, along with Sarah’s cameo Sven tee photo appearance with her Sven skate design(s)! Sarah’s Svengoolie skate artwork was created in commemoration of Sven/Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in the Berwyn/Chicago big broadcast television airlanes and her Sven skateboard artwork has appeared on Sven’s in-studio show segments from time-to-time since then!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Wait! There’s more! Shortly before Sven’s big Aug. 8 broadcast premiere of “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955), fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Nanette Keir added a recent motion graphic variant to her Sven “action swirl” collage, containing a mix of scan lines/artifacts and static, reminding all of us fellow super SvenPals to “adjust our sets!”
Extra! Extra! Extra! Wait! There’s more! Inspired by the photographic works of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Nanette Keir on the airlanes of Twitter and my weekly “#ChrisHambyPhotoGallery” works on the airlanes of Twitter, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes recently captured her photograph composition of the KBEC/Waxahachie, Texas satellite dish/earth station with the refracting-reflecting sun/sunshine/sun rays in the distance coming through the tree, where the sunlight/sun’s rays are “beaming” onto the satellite dish! Sarah’s nature photograph was inspired by the nature photograph compositions and photographic works of Nanette and I on the airlanes of Twitter!
Congratulations to Nanette & Sarah from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on their latest Sven art creations/editions on the Twitter airlanes! And very awesome, vivd, neat & cool refracting/reflecting sunlight/trees/satellite dish photo composition inspired by the photographic works of Nanette & I! Thank you for sharing with us, Sarah! Highly appreciated! We fellow super SvenPals are all jumping for joy and we’re proud of you all! Keep up the wonderful and excellent work! Three cheers, two thumbs up, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos,“Hi-Keeba” & a toast to Nanette & Sarah from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
*In connection to an article from Chicago media columnist Robert Feder about one Chicago radio station’s recent ill-fated decision/ill-suited programming decision, as a result of new owners of that Chicago radio station (the station that was once affiliated/connected with one of the major Chicago newspapers) with three call letters. We fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast are still keeping all of our fingers crossed that other competing Chicago radio stations will welcome Svengoolie/Rich with open arms for guest appearances on the big broadcast airlanes soon! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals: Be sure to donate generously, share/spread the word to help one of the friends of fellow fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee. An updated GoFundMe website for Jamie’s friend has been set up to help offset additional expensive health/medical-related costs. Again, additional details can be found through the official GoFundMe website of Jamie’s friend. Again, donate generously and spread/share the word to help Jamie’s friend. And again, any amount helps. -C.H.
In connection to “Night Monster” (1942):
“Night Monster” (1942) is also available on Blu-Ray via Shout! Factory and their “Scream Factory” imprint, as part of the multi-feature anthology set; “Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 4” (sourced from a recent high-definition transfer/scan, restored from surviving fine grain film elements; plus bonus audio commentary by film historian Gary D. Rhodes; by arrangement with Universal Studios). Ford Beebe’s 1942 classic Universal horror-thriller-mystery masterpiece entry is also available on DVD as part of Universal’s multi-feature anthology set, “Universal Horror: Classic Movie Archive” and is also available as a standalone DVD release through Universal’s “vault series” of rare and hard-to-find Universal/Universal-owned features and television productions.
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