Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be excited for his big broadcast showcase of a classic sci-fi/horror masterpiece.
Original animated opening title sequence to “The Blob” (1958), featuring the famous title theme song written and composed by Burt Bacharach and Mack David; with vocalizations by Bernie Knee (under the name of “The Five Blobs“).
Originally released theatrically by Paramount Pictures in 1958, “The Blob” was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and was produced by Jack H. Harris under the banner of “Tonylyn Productions;” according to information from IMDB. Harris and the junior Yeaworth would later work on “4D Man” (1958, with Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether and Patty Duke) and “Dinosaurus!” (1960, with Ward Ramsey, Kristina Hanson and Paul Lukather; the two latter Harris-Yeaworth productions were originally released to theaters throughout the United States by Universal Studios).
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Blob” (1958) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth sci-fi/thriller classic back in May 2018. Sven also previously showcased the film on his hometown station in Berwyn/Chicago, WCIU-TV 26 “The U” back in March 2009; according to IMDB. Fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes and his official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube site has segments from Sven’s past WCIU-TV/”The U” Berwyn/Chicago telecast of “The Blob” (1958).
Who was in Harris and Yeaworth’s “The Blob” (1958)?
The players who appeared in the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth sci-fi/thriller classic were young Steve McQueen (credited as “Steven McQueen” in the role of Steven Andrews, McQueen also appeared in the role of Josh Randall in the 1958-61 CBS/Four Star TV western, “Wanted: Dead or Alive;” both “The Blob” and “Wanted: Dead or Alive” would help ensure greater success for McQueen’s screen career), Aneta Corsaut (as Jane Martin, Corsaut was credited under the name of “Aneta Corseaut” in the film, Corsaut went on to greater fame in the role of Helen Crump on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1963-68), Earl Rowe (as Lt. Dave), Lee Payton (as Nurse Kate), Stephen “Steven” Chase as Dr. T. Hallen, Olin Howland (as an elderly man, Howland was credited as “Olin Howlin;” this was one of Howland/Howlin’s final film appearances, according to the American Film Institute), George Karas (as Officer Ritchie, Karas later appeared in the 1959 Harris-Yeaworth production of “4D Man” in the role of Sgt. Todaman), John Benson (as Sgt. Jim Bert), Elbert Smith (as Henry Martin), Audrey Metcalf (as Elizabeth Martin) Hugh Graham (as Mr. Andrews) and Vince Barbi (as café/diner owner George).