The legendary Berwyn/Chicago sci-fi/thriller classic feature film host will present his big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “Night of the Lepus” (1972), this Sat., Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1972 MGM sci-fi/thriller entry was directed by veteran film and television director William F. Claxton. Claxton directed four episodes of Rod Serling’s classic CBS television sci-fi/supernatural masterpiece series, “The Twilight Zone” from 1960–62. “Night of the Lepus” (1972) was produced by veteran film and television producer A.C. Lyles, who worked for rival studio Paramount Pictures. Lyles began his career at Paramount in the mailroom at the age of 10 in 1928, worked his way up to the advertising/publicity department, became a producer in 1957 and served as the studio’s unofficial historian/ambassador until his death at the age of 95 in 2014, according to Variety.
The screenplay for “Night of the Lepus” (1972) was written by veteran screenwriters Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney. Holliday and Kearney’s screenplay was adapted from Russell Braddon’s sci-fi/thriller novel, “Rabbits.”
In Svengoolie’s home area of Berwyn/Chicago, Sven previously aired the Claxton-Lyles-MGM production of “Night of the Lepus” (1972) on his hometown television station, WCIU-TV/”The U” in Sept. 1995; according to IMDB.
Who was in “Night of the Lepus” (1972)?
The players who appeared in the William F. Claxton-A.C. Lyles MGM production of “Night of the Lepus” (1972) were Stuart Whitman (as Roy Bennett), Janet Leigh (as Gerry Bennett), DeForest Kelley (as Elgin Clark), Rory Calhoun (as Cole Hillman), Melanie Fullerton (as Amanda Bennett), William Elliott (as Dr. Leopold), Paul Fix (as Sheriff Cody), Inez Perez (as a housekeeper), Chris Morrell (as Jackie Hillman), Chuck Hayward (as Jud), Henry Wills (as Frank), Francesca Jarvis (as Mildred), Robert “Bob” Hardy (as Prof. Dirkson), Richard Jacome (as Deputy Jason), a cameo appearance by Jerry Dunphy (as a television news anchor) and G. Leroy “Roy” Gaintner (as Walker).