The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror movie host will be showcasing “Frankenstein” (1931), this Sat., Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV. The mammoth 1931 silver screen adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel was directed by James Whale.
This will mark Sven’s fourth nationwide broadcast of the 1931 Universal monster classic. He had previously showcased ‘Frankenstein” back in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2014 and Oct. 2015 on Me-TV.
Shortly before he made his appearance as Frankenstein’s monster in Whale’s film, Karloff played the role of tabloid reporter T. Vernon Isopod in the film “Five Star Final” (1931, alongside Edward G. Robinson) at rival studio Warner Bros. Pictures (under the “First National-Vitaphone” banner).
The legendary Chicago-based horror host will be presenting the landmark sequel to “Frankenstein” (1931), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935). The fun starts this Sat., June 3 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
This isn’t the first time that Sven has shown “Bride of Frankenstein” on Me-TV. He had previously shown the Universal horror gem back in June 2011, Sept. 2012, April 2014, June 2015 and Sept. 2016 (Me-TV came to the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area in early 2013 as part of the classic/cult TV network’s coast-to-coast expansion).
The actors appearing in “Werewolf of London” include Henry Hull as Dr. Wilfred Glendon, Warner Oland as Dr. Yogami (Oland was also known for his title role in Fox’s “Charlie Chan” detective film adaptations from 1931 until his death in 1938), Spring Byington as Ettie Coombes, Valerie Hobson as Lisa Glendon and Lester Matthews as Paul Ames.
Jack Pierce’s make-up design for the “werewolf”
According to IMDB’s trivia section on Walker’s film, actor Henry Hull was not enthusiastic about Universal make-up artist Jack Pierce’s design of the makeup design for his dual character. Universal executives also expressed concern that Pierce’s design of the werewolf would cause controversy with local film censorship boards. This resulted in Pierce to give Walker’s transformed “werewolf” look more of a human touch, so that Universal would not face any problems with local film censors throughout the United States.
Several years later, Pierce’s original werewolf design would be used in an iconic film series of Universal’s horror film franchise.
“Werewolf of London:” The inspiration for Universal’s “hairy” monster of the silver screen, “The Wolf Man”
The original Universal “Wolf Man” film series would inspire John Landis’ 1981 horror-comedy feature “An American Werewolf in London,” which featured David Naughton in the role of David Kessler. Veteran make-up artist Rick Baker would provide the “werewolf” make-up effects for Naughton’s character. Universal handled the North American releasing rights to Landis’ aforementioned film.
In 2010, Universal released Joe Johnston’s remake of the 1941 film, titled “The Wolfman.” Benicio del Toro played the part of Larry Talbot in the film.
Warren Zevon’s hit 1978 song, “Werewolves of London”
Why you should watch Svengoolie’s presentation of “Werewolf of London”
Kerwyn and Svengoolie (portrayed by Rich Koz).
Fellow fans of the vintage “Universal Monsters” series of horror films will be excited this Sat. evening for Svengoolie’s showcase of the 1935 film, “Werewolf of London.” You won’t want to miss this precursor to Universal’s iconic “Wolf Man” character!
***NOTE*** (to Frederick/Washington viewers of Me-TV): According to the front page of DCRTV.com , there has been word that WJLA-TV 7 (the default Me-TV subchannel affiliate in the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area on 7.2 and on cable channel 204) might be dumping Me-TV soon. “Silver Screen Reflections” will be on the lookout for further developments on this issue in the area.
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV 11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV subchannel)