“Svengoolie” (Rich Koz) will be presenting “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein” this Sat. night at 10/9 Central on Me-TV.
Iconic Chicago/Berwyn-based horror film host Svengoolie will showcase the comedic duo’s 1948 horror farce this Sat., Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network.
Featuring the legendary comedic team of Bud Abbott (as Chick Young) and Lou Costello (as Wilbur Grey), the duo’s encounter with the Universal monsters include Glenn Strange as Frankenstein’s monster, Bela Lugosi (in his second and last portrayal) as Count Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Talbot/The “Wolf Man.”
If you heard the latest installment of my Friday afternoon radio program on Hood College’s exclusive online radio station, “Blazer Radio,” there’s another trivia contest in store for fellow listeners everywhere.
Classic Film Trivia Quiz #1: On the Sept. 23rd edition of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby,” the following question is related to one of the hit films of 1934 (which the blog writer /disc jockey is currently watching with several friends of the Matinee in the college’s “Reel Journalism” class). Here is the question:
What 1934 Frank Capra comedy was the first motion picture to win all five major Academy Awards?
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert (1934).
-Capra’s screwball comedy featured Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
-It won five Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gable), Best Actress (Colbert), Best Director (Capra) and Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin).
-This was the film that helped put then-poverty row studio Columbia Pictures on the map.
Be sure to listen to “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” (one of many fine radio programs on Hood College’s exclusive online radio station, “Blazer Radio”). An hour filled with groovy music, interesting facts/tidbits about classic and cult film (along with TV shows), company/conversation and special guests (depending on time and availability of guests)!
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Kubrick’s landmark comedy will be shown on Sun. Sept. 18., with an encore presentation on Wed., Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern.
A special bonus digital offering for moviegoers that will attend the screening of “Dr. Strangelove”
According to press details, audiences who will attend the special two-day screening of “Dr. Strangelove” will be treated to a special digital offering provided by TCM and Fathom Events (through a special code that will be revealed onscreen before the film). The digital offering will include bonus commentary on the film by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
The Restoration of “Laurel and Hardy” shorts and features
Restoration efforts for the Hal Roach “Laurel and Hardy” films began in 2013, as part of a campaign launched by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, through the use of various funding sources for the project. Testimonials in support of the Laurel and Hardy/Hal Roach preservation project came from notable persons in the industry, including film historian, critic and Laurel & Hardy fan Leonard Maltin; actor, comedian, Oliver Hardy impersonator and one of the founding members of the “Sons of the Desert” organization, Chuck McCann; author Richard W. Bann and Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA’s film archive.
A sign of hope for future generations to experience “Laurel & Hardy” comedies
With the recent restoration efforts of select Hal Roach “Laurel & Hardy” shorts and films, this is a hopeful sign that these films (and other Hal Roach films that will possibly be restored from original nitrate elements in the near future) will receive greater attention, so that current and future generations will be able to experience fine cinematic works from the iconic duo of slapstick comedy (either in digital streaming formats or on Blu-Ray disc).
Hal Roach’s “Way Out West” with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will be telecast on Turner Classic Movies on Sat., June 18 at 8:15 a.m. and Tue., July 26 at 7:15 a.m. (all times Eastern).
Take the poll: Have you ever seen a “Laurel & Hardy” film or short subject before?