Mid-1980s ad for Wilsey Popcorn products for cinema venues, featuring Frankenstein’s monster. (Credit: Ventura Foods/Boxoffice Publications)
The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” wishes all readers (and “fellow fiends of the Matinee”) a happy and safe Halloween! Be sure to watch your favorite vintage (or modern) horror flick on this day full of spooks, tricks and treats. From Dracula to The Wolf Man, to Frankenstein’s monster and the Gill-Man (“Creature From The Black Lagoon”), to The Mummy and The Invisible Man– there’s something for every fan of horror-riffic cinema!
And if you haven’t checked it out: Svengoolie’s legendary “Svengoolie Stomp” (performed by Sven and legendary Rock & Roll icon Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, is now available on iTunes and on a special limited edition 45 RPM single)!
There will be more in store throughout the month of November on “Silver Screen Reflections.” Stay tuned (and once more, Happy Halloween)!
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This upcoming weekend, fellow fans of vintage Universal Studios monster films and classic comedy will be in for a real treat (of horror and hilarity)!
Svengoolie Presents: “Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948)
“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.”
Lenore Aubert played mad scientist Dr. Sandra Moray, Jane Randolph played Joan Raymond, Frank Ferguson played Mr. McDougal and Charles Bradstreet portrayed Dr. Stevens.
This was the first of several features that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made as a cross-over with the iconic Universal monsters. Other tie-in films included “Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man” in 1951 and “Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy” in 1955, which was the duo’s final feature film for Universal.