NOTE: (The YouTube clip is a promotional ad for the United Kingdom Region 2/PAL Odeon DVD release of the 1943 Universal thriller).
The legendary Chicago-based horror film host will be showcasing James Hogan’s 1943 thriller, “The Mad Ghoul,” this Sat., April 22 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV. This isn’t the first time that Sven has shown “The Mad Ghoul,” he had previously showcased the 1943 Universal horror flick back in Sept. 2013 and Aug. 2014 on Me-TV.
The landmark 1931 film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel was directed by Tod Browning. Karl Freund was the cinematographer for Browning’s film. After his work in cinema, Freund would help design the pioneering 35mm three-camera setup for television (with three simultaneous 35mm cameras) in the early 1950s, working with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s production company, Desilu (for the couple’s 1951-57 groundbreaking sitcom, “I Love Lucy”).
The legendary Chicago-based horror film host will be showing Universal Studios’ 1943 adaptation of “Phantom of the Opera.” The fun starts this Sat., March 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV. Filmed in three-strip Technicolor, the 1943 version of “Phantom of the Opera” was directed by Arthur Lubin and was produced by George Waggner.
Who was in the 1943 version of “Phantom of the Opera?”
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)
Godzilla & Minilla vs. Gabara, Kumonga, Ebirah & Kamacuras
In “Godzilla’s Revenge,” there are several other kaiju cinema creatures featured in the film, including his son Minilla (who appeared previously in 1967’s “Son of Godzilla) and nemesis creatures Gabara, Kumonga, Ebirah (who first appeared in “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” in 1966, he would also appear in 2004’s “Godzilla: Final Wars”) and Kamacuras.
Ishiro Honda takes over for Eiji Tsuburaya’s special effects
Toho Studios’ veteran special effects technician, Eiji Tsuburaya was absent during the filming of “Godzilla’s Revenge.” Honda took over Tsuburaya’s special effects position, according to Turner Classic Movies’ trivia portal on the film (though Tsuburaya was mentioned in the opening credits).
With Honda’s limited special effects for “Godzilla’s Revenge,” the director had to employ the use of stock footage from previous Godzilla features (according to an IMDB trivia note on the film).