Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals will be jumping for joy for his big Independence Day broadcast of a classic cult vampire-western masterpiece.
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster film host will present his big broadcast of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966), this Sat.; July 4/Independence Day at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1966 “Dracula” monster-western combination was directed by veteran director William Beaudine. Beaudine had a long directorial career lasting from 1915-76, working on numerous motion pictures and in the latter part of his career, television productions; according to IMDB. Beaudine’s nickname in the industry was known as “One-Shot” Beaudine, as the veteran director was known for completing low-budget productions in a quick amount of time with minimal retakes, according to Frank Miller’s Turner Classic Movies online article on “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966).
The screenplay for “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966) was written by veteran screenwriter Carl K. Hittleman and was produced by Carroll Case and his production firm, Circle Productions. Beaudine’s 1966 Dracula-western entry was released theatrically by veteran film distribution executive Joseph E. Levine and his independent/art-house film distribution firm, Embassy Pictures; according to IMDB. The production of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” was originally scheduled as a 1961 production between Carl K. Hittleman, Carroll Case and Hal Roach Jr. (the son of veteran Hollywood film mogul Hal Roach); according to Ivan Spear’s 1961 BoxOffice magazine article.
This will mark Sven’s second big broadcast of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966) on Me-TV. He previously aired the 1966 Beaudine-Embassy monster/western entry as a big broadcast premiere back in June 2019.
Who was in William Beaudine’s “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966)?
The players who appeared in Beaudine’s 1966 Embassy vampire western feature were John Carradine (as Count Dracula, the veteran horror actor also appeared in the role of Cruikshank in Earl Bellamy’s classic 1966 Universal feature-length “Munsters” monster comedy masterpiece, “Munster, Go Home!”), Melinda Casey (as Elizabeth “Betty” Bentley, Casey was credited under the name of Melinda Plowman), Chuck Courtney (as William “Billy the Kid” Bonney); Virginia Christine (as Eva Oster, Christine previously appeared in the role of Princess Ananka in Leslie Goodwins’ 1944 Universal classic “Mummy” monster masterpiece with Lon Chaney Jr., “The Mummy’s Curse” and in the role of the lady of the streets in Jean Yarbrough’s 1946 Universal classic thriller masterpiece with Rondo Hatton, “House of Horrors;” in addition to her numerous film and TV roles, she was also known for her role of “Mrs. Olson” in television commercials for Folgers Coffee); Charlita (as Nana), Harry Carey Jr.* (as Ben Dooley, the junior Carey appeared in numerous westerns throughout his screen career; Carey’s father; the senior Harry Carey* appeared in numerous films from 1910 until his death in 1948), Bing Russell (as Dan “Red” Thorpe), Walter Janovitz (as Franz Oster), George Cisar (as Joe Flake), Hannie Landman (as Lisa Oster), Olive Carey (as Dr. Henrietta Hull; she was the mother of the junior Harry Carey*), Roy Barcroft (as Sheriff Griffin), Marjorie Bennett (as Mary Ann Bentley), William Forrest (as “the real” James Underhill), Richard Reeves (as saloonkeeper Pete), Max Kleven (as Sandy Newman), William Challee (as station agent Tom), Jack Williams (as Duffy) and Lennie Geer (as Yancy).