Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy for his upcoming big broadcast of a mammoth classic sci-fi creature masterpiece.
“Svengoolie” presents his big broadcast of “The Blob” (1958)
Altered theatrical trailer for the Jack H. Harris–Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. production of “The Blob” (1958) to capitalize on the success of Steve McQueen. Note how there was an optical “smudge” masking the 1917-68 Paramount Pictures print trademark at the end.
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based classic sci-fi creature film host will present his big broadcast of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat., Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1958 production of “The Blob” was directed by veteran director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and was produced by producer Jack H. Harris, under the Tonylyn Productions banner. Before he teamed up with Harris, the junior Yeaworth worked on religious educational short subject films; according to Kim Newman’s 2013 Criterion Collection article on “The Blob.” According to IMDB, “The Blob” (1958) was originally released theatrically by Paramount Pictures. Harris and the junior Yeaworth worked on two more sci-fi fantasy feature productions, including “4D Man” (1959) and “Dinosaurus!” (1960, the two latter Harris-junior Yeaworth productions were released through Universal Studios).
The screenplay for the Harris-junior Yeaworth Tonylyn production of “The Blob” (1958) was written by veteran actress-turned-screenwriter Kate Phillips, a pseudonym for Kay Linaker and co-written with screenwriter Theodore Simonson. Phillips and Simonson’s screenplay was based off of an original idea by Irvine H. Millgate. 15 years after the original theatrical release of “The Blob” (1958), Jack H. Harris’ production company produced a “Blob” sequel, “Beware! The Blob!” (1972, a.k.a., “Son of Blob”); which was directed by veteran actor Larry Hagman (of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Dallas” fame), who also appeared in the aforementioned sequel with Godfrey Cambridge, Carol Lynley, Dick Van Patten, Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford and Richard Webb. Harris also produced a re-make of “The Blob” (1988) for Tri-Star Pictures; with Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch Jr. (son of singer/musician Donovan), Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, Joe Seneca and Del Close; which was directed by Chuck Russell.
This will mark Sven’s third big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Blob” (1958) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1958 Harris-junior Yeaworth classic sci-fi creature fantasy masterpiece as a big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere back in May 2018 and as a big broadcast presentation in April 2019. According to IMDB, Sven also previously showcased “The Blob” (1958) on his hometown TV station in Berwyn/Chicago, WCIU-TV 26/“The U” back in March 2009. Fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes’ official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube site has segments from Sven’s past WCIU-TV/”The U” Berwyn/Chicago big broadcast of “The Blob” (1958).
Who was in the Jack H. Harris-Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. production of “The Blob” (1958)?
The players who appeared in the classic Jack H. Harris-Irvin S. Yeaworth sci-fi masterpiece production of “The Blob” (1958) were Steve McQueen (as Steven Andrews, McQueen received screen credit as “Steven McQueen”), Aneta Corsaut (as Jane Martin), Stephen “Steven” Chase (as Dr. T. Hallen), Lee Payton (as Nurse Kate), Earl Rowe (as Lt. Dave), George Karas (as Officer Ritchie), Elbert Smith (as Henry Martin), Audrey Metcalf (as Elizabeth Martin), Olin Howland (as an elderly man, Howland received screen credit as “Olin Howlin”), Vince Barbi (as café/diner owner George), John Benson (as Sgt. Jim Bert), Hugh Graham (as Mr. Andrews), Jasper Deeter (as a Civil Defense volunteer) and a brief uncredited cameo appearance by Jack H. Harris (as one of the patrons in the famed Blob-Colonial Theatre sequence).