Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy for his upcoming big broadcast of a mammoth classic sci-fi creature masterpiece.
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 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).
That same year, Steve McQueen played the role of Josh Randall in the CBS television-Four Star western, “Wanted: Dead or Alive” (1958-61). Both “The Blob” (1958) and “Wanted: Dead or Alive” would bring greater success to McQueen throughout his acting career in feature films.
Five years after her appearance in “The Blob” (1958); Antea Corsaut played the role of Mayberry schoolteacher Helen Crump on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1963-68. Corsaut reunited with Andy Griffith in numerous guest appearances on “Matlock” from 1987-92, she played the roles of Judge Cynthia Justin, Sarah Richards and Mrs. Ida Stillman.
Original working title for “The Blob” (1958)
The original working title for the Jack H. Harris-Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. production of “The Blob” (1958) was “The Molten Meteor;” according to the American Film Institute.
“The Blob” (1958): Conflict between Jack H. Harris and Kay Linaker Phillips
According to Noah Berlatsky’s Aug. 2020 “Blob Blog” article for Jack H. Harris Enterprises/Worldwide Entertainment Corporation website, Jack H. Harris and screenwriter Kate Phillips did not get along well during the pre-production/script editing stages of the 1958 production of “The Blob.” Due to the ongoing conflicts between Harris and Phillips, it was reported that Phillips was let go from the production after several days.
“The Blob:” Originally planned for self-distribution by Jack H. Harris
The 1958 Jack H. Harris-Irvin S. Yeaworth sci-fi production was originally planned for distribution by Harris’ production firm, according to Lang Thompson’s Turner Classic Movies online article on “The Blob.” Executives from Paramount Pictures showed interest in the 1958 Harris-junior Yeaworth sci-fi production and licensed the theatrical distribution rights to “The Blob” from Harris’ company for $300,000. According to Floyd Stone’s interview with Harris in the Sept. 19, 1958 edition of Motion Picture Daily, the producer was delighted at Paramount’s interest in releasing his independently produced sci-fi creature feature production.
Additional details on “The Blob” creature effects
Created with a limited budget for special effects, Barton “Bart” Sloane’s nonstick “Blob” creature effects formula was filmed in three weeks; according to additional information from Lang Thompson’s TCM online article. Several of Sloane’s “Blob” formula elements were achieved with the use of miniature sets, along with trick cinematography/photography effects for close-ups.
A brief “movie-within-a-movie” moment during the Colonial Theatre sequence in “The Blob” (1958)
During the interior scene of the Colonial Theatre sequence in “The Blob” (1958), a “movie-within-a-movie” moment was featured. According to additional details from the American Film Institute, the film that was featured was Jack H. Harris’ re-edited version of “Dementia” (1955); “Daughter of Horror” (1957). The 1957 Harris edition was narrated by a young Ed McMahon; before he went onto greater fame with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” on NBC from 1962-92.
Additional insight into the title song for “The Blob” (1958)
Paramount executives decided to place the original title song to “The Blob” for the opening credits, composed by young Burt Bacharach and Mack David (the brother of Bacharach’s future songwriting colleague, Hal David) with Bernie Knee’s overdubbed vocalizations of “The Five Blobs;” according to the American Film Institute. This was done in place of the original title score by Ralph Carmichael. An extended version of the Bacharach-David-Knee “Five Blobs” title recording was released as a 45 r.p.m. single on Columbia Records in 1958 and was a successful top 40 favorite; according to additional information from Discogs and Lang Thompson’s TCM online article.
Paramount’s music publishing subsidiary, Famous Music also published sheet music of the Bacharach-David-Knee title song to the Harris-Junior Yeaworth production “The Blob” for musicians and performers in bands, choruses and orchestras, according to a recent finding on eBay.
Released as a double-feature sci-fi creature presentation by Paramount in 1958
According to an Oct. 1958 advertisement in The Boston Globe, Paramount Pictures released the Harris-junior Yeaworth-Tonylyn production of “The Blob” as a double-feature presentation with Gene Fowler Jr.’s Paramount production of “I Married a Monster From Outer Space” (1958), with Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott and Peter Baldwin.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Blob” (1958); this Sat. on Me-TV!
With young Steve/Steven McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Stephen “Steven” Chase, Lee Payton, Earl Rowe, George Karas, Elbert Smith, Audrey Metcalf (as Elizabeth Martin), Olin Howland, Vince Barbi, John Benson, Hugh Graham Jasper Deeter and Jack H. Harris; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV! Escape from anxiety and stress! A perfect treat for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow sci-fi classic feature film aficionados everywhere with Sven’s extended fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song, Kerwyn’s “home office” mail call segment and much, much, more! Be sure to dance along to legendary tittle song! 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 via Twitter with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere during #Svengoolie’s big Me-TV broadcast of “The Blob” (1958) this Sat.!
To all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals/fellow readers/fellow subscribers of “Silver Screen Reflections” everywhere: And again, to quote Svengoolie’s executive producer; Jim Roche: “#KeepCalmAndWatchSven!” Please be kind, courteous, good, safe and respectful to each other. Put love in your heart. Let’s all look to uplifting/positive encouragement, enlightenment and wisdom from Svengoolie, all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere, all fellow super Mystery Science Theater 3000/MST3K MSTies everywhere and all fellow classic film/television enthusiasts everywhere. Again, to all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere; safety first, follow all precautions seriously, wash your hands for approximately 20 sec., wear a protective face mask/appropriate protective face covering, avoid touching your face, practice proper social distancing/physical distancing measures, use a sleeve/tissue when coughing/sneezing, stay home, keep healthy and stay well. Again, let’s all take preventative measures/steps by being safe, keeping healthy and staying well- and again, we fellow super SvenPals everywhere highly recommend watching Kerwyn’s informative coronavirus/COVID-19 prevention safety public service announcement! Escape from anxiety, stress and chaos by having fun and relaxing with Sven and his Sat. evening big broadcasts of classic monster/creature, horror and sci-fi feature film masterpieces on the airlanes of Me-TV! Join in on the fun with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere by live-tweeting through the airlanes of Twitter during Sven’s Sat. evening big broadcasts! 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! –C.H.
In connection to Steve McQueen: Watch/record Steve McQueen as Josh Randall in back-to-back episodes of “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” Sat. afternoons at 4 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. & 3:3 p.m. Central on most Me-TV stations! Select episodes are also available to watch for free on Me-TV’s official website (by arrangement with Studio Canal+)!
In connection to Aneta Corsaut: Watch/record Antea Corsaut as Helen Crump on “The Andy Griffith Show” with two back-to-back episodes; weeknights at 8 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Central on most Me-TV stations!
Extra! Extra! Extra! For our Chicago/Berwyn super SvenPals: According to Sven’s Sept. official newsletter, the Sat. morning repeat of Svengoolie’s big broadcast(s) will be moving from WCIU-TV 26.2/”The U” to WCIU-TV 26.1/CW 26 Chicago starting Sat. morning, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. (local time)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Late-breaking update: The official Sven/Me-TV’s “Svengoolie” Instagram filter is now available via Me-TV’s official Instagram site!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Limited quantities available! The official Svengoolie/Me-TV Sven “at-home” box activity gift set is still available for purchase through the official Sven/Me-TV online store site (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! And speaking of Me-TV’s recent promotion for the official Sven/Me-TV online store, “Halloween is a holiday too!” –C.H.
From Sven’s Berwyn dungeon studio 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! (At the 0:04 mark): During Svengoolie’s big Aug. 29 broadcast of Michael Carreras’ classic Hammer Films-Columbia Pictures “Mummy” horror/monster masterpiece of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964); fellow super SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy as they recognized the cameo appearance of a familiar Sven art design from one of our fellow super SvenPals! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Svengoolie skate artwork was featured in Sven’s dungeon studio set/”fun facts” segment for “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! But wait, there’s more! (At the 1:18-1:19 mark): After taking a closer look at Svengoolie’s “Teeter-Totter: Hands-Off Method” parody ad of Roger Teeter’s “Teeter” inversion board direct response ads after the big broadcast, fellow super SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy as they recognized fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Sven skate artwork design in Sven’s dungeon studio set for his “Teeter-Totter” parody ad for “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Wait, wait! There’s more! (At the 2:07 mark): After taking a closer look at Svengoolie and Doug Graves’ “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964) parody song after the big broadcast, fellow super SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy as they recognized fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Sven skate artwork design near Doug’s sleeve during Sven and Doug’s parody song for “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964)! Sarah’s custom Svengoolie skate artwork design debuted during Sven’s big June 1, 2019 big broadcast premiere of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966) on Sven and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment on Me-TV, along with Sarah’s cameo official 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 skate artwork design has appeared on Sven’s in-studio show segments from time-to-time since then!
Congratulations to Sarah from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on the recent cameo appearances of your Svengoolie skate artwork design during Sven’s “fun facts,” Sven’s “Teeter-Totter” parody commercial and Sven & Doug’s “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” parody song in the big Aug. Sven/Me-TV broadcast of “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964)! We fellow super SvenPals are jumping for joy and we’re all proud of you! 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 Sarah & all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super SvenPals jumped for joy as one of our fellow super SvenPals recently made an announcement on the airlanes of Twitter! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee recently announced that she will be writing new horror-comedy film articles for the “25 Years Latter”/25YL blog site, just in time for the Halloween season! Jamie’s debut 25YL blog in-depth horror-comedy film article on Charles Barton’s classic Universal monster-comedy masterpiece, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) was published back in Aug.! For those who have not read Jamie’s 25YL in-depth article on “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948), we fellow super SvenPals highly recommend reading Jamie’s article!
Extra! Extra! Extra! But wait, there’s more! Fellow super SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy when fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee recently announced her role in a pre-recorded pirate musical comedy on the airlanes of YouTube in Scott Goldberg and Jordan Scherer’s “Shantily Clad!” Presented in two acts featuring the Shantily Clad players troupe/pirates cast of Jamie Lee, Scott Goldberg, John Mobley, Neil Figuracion, Pat Blake, James Spector-Bishop, Shea Lee and Jordan Scherer! A fun, swashbuckling pirate musical for all generations!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Wait, wait! There’s more! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee announced that she will be playing the role of the radio announcer in the Kirk Players’ upcoming online live big broadcast suspense-thriller radio play adaptations of “Love, Honor or Murder;” “The Horla” and “My Dear Niece!” According to Jamie’s official tweet, the Kirk Players’ online live big broadcast suspense-thriller radio plays will occur on the airlanes of YouTube on Sat., Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Central/8 p.m. Eastern! Again, stay tuned to additional details via Jamie’s official Twitter site for an official YouTube link to the Kirk Players’ official live big broadcast for Oct. 3!
Congratulations to Jamie from all of us fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers and fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on your upcoming 25YL horror-comedy blog articles, your recent appearance with the Shantily-Clad players/pirate troupe in “Shantily-Clad” and your upcoming Kirk Players’ online big radio-drama broadcast adaptations! We fellow super SvenPals are jumping for joy and we’re all 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 Jamie, the “Shantily-Clad” troupe, the 25YL blog crowd, the Kirk Players troupe and all fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers and fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals: Be sure to give generously, spread the word/share the word to help one of the friends of fellow fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee. An updated GoFundMe site for Jamie’s friend has been established to help offset additional expensive medical/health-related costs. And again, additional information 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 “The Blob” (1958):
Official website for Jack H. Harris Enterprises/Worldwide Entertainment Corporation, “Father of the Blob”/“Home of the Blob!” They also have an official Twitter site!
Official website for the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, home of the famous Blob-“Colonial Theatre” runout scene in “The Blob” (1958) and past “Blobfest” festivals in commemoration of “The Blob!”
“The Blob” (1958) is also available on Blu-Ray disc and DVD from Janus Films’ “Criterion Collection” imprint. The 1958 Jack H. Harris-Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. sci-fi classic masterpiece is also available for streaming on Janus’ “Criterion Channel” video-on-demand streaming service (by arrangement with Worldwide Entertainment Corporation/Jack H. Harris Enterprises/estate of Jack H. Harris).
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