“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.”
Now that classic/cult film aficionados and fans of Turner Classic Movies celebrated slapstick throughout September, film lovers will be in for a treat this October.
“Frankenstein:” Turner Classic Movies’ “Monster of the Month”
1931 Universal Pictures trade ad for “Frankenstein.”
To kick off this month (and to celebrate the Halloween season), Turner Classic Movies will be showing a classic Frankenstein film each Sunday at 8 p.m. throughout the month.
Ranging from the Universal Studios Frankenstein films (including the original 1931 version with Boris Karloff), to Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein adaptations of the 1950s and 1960s, to Mel Brooks’ landmark 1974 comedic horror farce “Young Frankenstein,” there’s something for all fans of vintage horror on TCM this month.
Rundown of vintage and cult “Frankenstein” films as part of TCM’s month-long salute:
Sun., Oct. 2:
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein” (1931) Directed by James Whale, featuring Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), John Boles (Victor), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman), Dwight Frye (Fritz, the Dwarf) and Frederick Kerr (Baron Frankenstein).
9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Eastern: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) Directed by James Whale, featuring Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Shelley/The Monster’s Mate), Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius) and Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron). An encore showing will occur on Sat., Nov. 12 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern/8:15 a.m. Central.
11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central: “Son of Frankenstein” (1939)Directed by Rowland V. Lee, featuring Basil Rathbone (Baron Wolf von Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Bela Lugosi (Ygor), Lionel Atwill (Inspector Krogh), Josephine Hutchinson (Elsa von Frankenstein), Donnie Dunagan (Peter von Frankenstein), Emma Dunn (Amelia) and Edgar Norton (Thomas Benson). This was Karloff’s final appearance as Frankenstein’s Monster.
It was directed by Charles Barton, who also directed Abbott & Costello (as a team) in the 1947 sequel to “Buck Privates,” “Buck Privates Come Home.” One of the other Barton films that the duo appeared in was the 1948 comedy-horror classic, “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.”
A slight difference from other Abbott & Costello films
This film is a little different than the typical Abbott and Costello comedy. In “The Time of Their Lives,” the comedic duo portrays individual characters, instead of their usual comedic skit roles as pals.
Set in the mid-1940s, two cursed Revolutionary War-era ghosts, Horatio Prim (Costello) and Melody Allen (Reynolds) haunts the Danbury Manor estate. Psychologist Ralph Greenway (Costello), a descendant of Cuthbert Greenway (the man that convicted Horatio, who was wrongfully sentenced to death for treason 160+years before) is tormented and fooled by the ghosts. A perfect blend of chaos, hilarity and unique visual effects are showcased in this film.
Was not a success during its general theatrical release in 1946
The film did not do well during its general release in 1946, due in part to Abbott and Costello not performing their standard routine, which they returned to in “Buck Privates Come Home.” In later years, the film has been rediscovered and appreciated by fans of vintage comedic cinema.
“The Time of Their Lives,” along with Svengoolie’s skits, is a perfect way to kick off the weekend.
Svengoolie Presents: “The Time of Their Lives” (1946)
Sat., Mar. 18 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central
Me-TV Network (in the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area on WJLA-TV 7.2/Comcast 204 and in the Baltimore area on WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208).
A Brief “Spring Break” Greeting: To all fellow friends of the Matinee, enjoy your Spring Break (despite recent weather updates predicting that a Nor’easter will be in store in the area for the weekend). Do something exciting, worthwhile and memorable over the break!