Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy for his upcoming big broadcast of a classic made-for-TV creature masterpiece.
The 1972 classic creature telefilm masterpiece was directed by Bill Norton, who was credited under the name of B.W.L. Norton. Norton also directed also directed several episodes of “Tour of Duty” (from 1987-89), “SeaQuest: DSV” (two episodes in 1993) with Roy Scheider and the Sci-Fi Channel (pre- “SyFy”) miniseries adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” (three episodes in 2001). The teleplay for “Gargoyles” (1972) was written by the husband-and-wife screenwriting team of Stephen Karpf and Elinor Karpf. Norton’s made-for-TV production of “Gargoyles” was produced by veteran producers Robert W. “Bob” Christiansen, Roger Gimbel and Rick Rosenberg.
“Gargoyles” was produced by Tomorrow Entertainment, the film production arm of General Electric; according to IMDB and Broadcasting (Broadcasting and Cable) Magazine; the production firm was set up by GE in 1970 for broadcast network features). GE’s Tomorrow unit was also involved in Rankin/Bass Productions (a.k.a. Videocraft International); the famed animation studio that was founded by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass; the two were known for their classic “Animagic” stop-motion animation holiday masterpiece specials. Norton’s made-for-TV creature featured premiered on the CBS television network as part of the “New CBS Tuesday Night Movies” on Nov. 21, 1972; according to IMDB and a 1972-73 production leaflet for Tomorrow Entertainment in Broadcasting Magazine.
This will mark Sven’s third big broadcast of “Gargoyles” (1972) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Bill Norton’s 1972 made-for-TV creature classic masterpiece back in May 2017 (as a big broadcast premiere) and Nov. 2018.
Who was in Bill Norton’s made-for-TV movie production of “Gargoyles” (1972)?
The players who appeared in Bill Norton’s made-for-TV movie production of “Gargoyles” (1972) were Bernie Casey (as the lead gargoyle, Casey previously played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers from 1961-66 and the Los Angeles Rams from 1967-68. Along with his poetry, artwork and numerous acting roles; Casey’s best-known acting roles include his role Vince in 1977’s “Ants!”/”It Happened at Lakewood Manor,” the role of CIA agent Leiter in 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” the role of U.N. Jeffferson in 1984’s “Revenge of the Nerds” and the role of Mr. Ryan in 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”), Jennifer Salt (as Diana Boley; Salt previously appeared in the role of Annie in John Schlesinger’s 1969 drama, “Midnight Cowboy” and also appeared in the role of Eunice Tate in the 1977-81 Paul Junger Witt–Tony Thomas–Susan Harris ABC sitcom, “Soap”), Cornel Wilde (as Dr. Mercer Boley, Wilde previously appeared in the title role of Charles Vidor’s 1945 Columbia Pictures Technicolor biopic of composer Frédéric Chopin, “A Song to Remember;” Wilde also directed, produced and appeared in his own 1965 Paramount adventure drama, “The Naked Prey”), Woody Chambliss (as Uncle Willie, Chambliss was also known for his role of Woody Lathrop in the CBS television adaptation of “Gunsmoke;” he appeared in the role from 1966-75), Scott Glenn (as James Reeger), Grayson Hall (as Mrs. Parks), John Gruber (as Jesse), Mickey Alzola, Rock Walker and Greg Walker (the three aforementioned actors played other gargoyles in the 1972 made-for-TV feature), Timothy “Tim” Burns (as Morris Ray), Vic Perrin (in an uncredited role as the voice of the gargoyle, dubbing in Bernie Casey’s dialogue) and Jim Connell (as Buddy).