A Genuine Amazon Import- We Deliver the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- we once again go steaming down the Amazon- to bring back Universal Studios’ greatest monster of the 1950s- in a classic that viewers ask for again and again- which we can either attribute to the lovely Julie Adams in her white swimsuit or to- the “Creature from the Black Lagoon”!

Our first stop is along the banks of the Amazon River, where we find one Dr. Maia conducting a geological expedition- where he is astounded to find an unusual fossil- a large webbed claw. Never having seen anything like it, he thinks it may be a missing link in the evolutionary development from when sea creatures became land dwellers! Leaving his two native assistants to maintain his camp, he travels to Brazil to consult with a former student Dr. Reed, a California ichthyologist who happens to be doing research there.

Reed can't identify the fossil either- and suggests they return to the Amazon, in hopes of finding more of the fossil. His boss, Dr. Williams, a bullheaded type who, under most circumstances, is a major roadblock to taking chances, amazingly agrees that such an expedition would be worth the effort and expense (but not so much thinking what it could mean to science- more about the money further discovery of additional skeletal proof might bring). His approval hinges on him joining the expedition, with Maia, Reed, and Reed’s beautiful girlfriend and assistant Kay. His inclusion really can’t be refused, and they are on their way to the Amazon.

They head down the renowned river aboard the Rita, a ramshackle steamer, under the command of the somewhat unsophisticated but canny Captain Lucas, who is well versed in the local waterways and lore. They arrive at Maia’s campsite, only to find the place torn apart, and his men dead! The idea that this was a jaguar attack is suggested- but it doesn’t seem like anybody is really believing that was the case.

They continue on, in search of the fossil proof they seek, but as time passes - they haven't found any further parts of the fossil, nor even a hint of anything. A new idea suddenly occurs-that any additional fossil remains could have been swept down river with the passage of time! The theory has some validity, and reluctantly, Captain Lucas agrees to guide them down a remote tributary that flows into an ominous area known as the “Black Lagoon”-a beautiful place with a legendary reputation; anyone who has dared to go there- has never returned! That certainly accounts for his reluctance!

They eventually enter the lagoon, totally unaware that the creature whose fossilized remains they hope to find – the Gill Man-is actually alive and well- and stalking them! After they put down anchor, the men go diving in search of fossils- while Kay, wearing the most famous one-piece white bathing suit in filmdom, takes an invigorating and joyful dip ( at times, represented by her stunt double)- unaware that the Gill Man is right below her, following her closely and even reaching out to touch her!

Once everyone is back aboard the boat, something gets caught in the ship's net- tearing it apart, and leaving behind an ominous claw stuck in the netting! The expedition party is shocked to realize that the fabled Gill Man still exists, and most likely was responsible for the attack on Maia’s campsite. Now, they find it’s aiming for them- with the home field advantage!

There are more savage attacks, and they decide it would be prudent to leave the lagoon immediately- but Williams, unwilling to give up his dreams of a big money windfall, demands that they stay- to attempt to capture the Creature, regardless of the dangers! It becomes a battle between them and the creature evolution could not change- will they be victorious, or just end up among those who have never returned from the Black Lagoon?!

This 1954 film truly established the Gill Man as the last of the great Universal monsters. We’ll tell you about the Creature’s background and creation, introduce the movie’s cast, provide a Sven song, a commercial for an alluring scent sent directly from the Amazon, and more. Again, this is one of the films we get plenty of requests for, and, surprisingly, we have not aired it again in over a year- so many of our new fans will be getting their first look at this Sven show!

"Creature from the Black Lagoon" surfaces tonight on MeTV at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check for time and channel in your local listings   and/ or .  We appreciate that our viewers again have put us among the top trending topics on Twitter by live-Tweeting during the program, and you are invited to join in- just make sure your Tweet includes the hashtag #svengoolie ! Our Chicago area viewers get an encore look at the creepy Peter Lorre chiller “Beast with Five Fingers” at 11 am on our main local station, CW26- and, earlier, you can tune in to the classic Saturday Morning Cartoons on MeTV!

We’re happy that so many of our viewers have also tuned in for “Toon in with Me” on weekday mornings! We’re trying to keep Kerwyn and Toony the Tuna at a distance, but those two seem to mix like oil and water- which certainly doesn’t work well in Toony’s tank…

Tune in tonight for the Gill Man, who would fit right into Toony’s tank ( well-not literally) !

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MADave 1 month ago
Not sure if I'll make it to the new blog later tonight I'm kinda tired but if end up making it I'll see whoever is posting otherwise, I'll see Catbat in the morning
Drang 1 month ago
This poor boy is exhausted waiting for Sven Night! 😁
Drang Drang 1 month ago
Once more, with flash.

Don't let the ear fool you, Greebo he ain't!
MADave 1 month ago
I remember going on a double date and it turned out horrible
Lucyc 1 month ago
Hi, gang.
Just a few more tidbits about Lon Chaney, Jr.
There was at least one Hollywood bigwig that thought Mr. Chaney had some talent-Stanley Kramer. According to the Wikipedia article on Mr. Chaney, Kramer said he always called upon Chaney when he had a part that he said would be "difficult" for other actors.
I guess some would possibly try to parse that into meaning parts that other actors didn't want, but the facts, IMO, don't back that up. Lon Chaney had parts in two of Kramer's best known movies-High Noon, and The Defiant Ones. Mr. Chaney played Gary Cooper's predecessor as sheriff in High Noon, and a former chain gang member who helps Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis in their quest for freedom in The Defiant Ones.
As far as I can tell, Mr. Chaney didn't do too many stage plays. One he did do-the stage version of "Of Mice and Men," resulted in him getting the part he played on stage in the film, which has always been considered a good part and helped his career, at the time.
Another play he did was a local production of the Broadway hit, Born Yesterday. He played the part that actor Paul Douglas played on Broadway. Douglas passed on playing the role in the movie because he felt his part was being reduced to allow more emphasis on the leading lady, Judy Holliday-who was the lead on Broadway-and current matinee idol William Holden's part. Interestingly, the movie role went to Mr. Chaney's buddy, Broderick Crawford.
Klaatu Lucyc 1 month ago
“OfMice and Men”...a stellar performance by Chaney. I can’t imagine anyone else doing that role.
Lucyc Klaatu 1 month ago
I agree.
Aceman2 Lucyc 1 month ago
Thanks for the write up Lucy. Chaney felt that was the highlight of his acting career.
The1Butler Lucyc 1 month ago
High noon and The defiant ones , 2 movies ive never seen that i will watch soon .
Klaatu 1 month ago
Regarding tomorrow’s movie, if a monster had experiments performed upon it, would it then be a Monster Made Man🤔?
JohnBlair Klaatu 1 month ago
AND had Monster Energy?
MADave 1 month ago
I'm ready for not only MAN-MADE MONSTER tomorrow night but Saturday morning cartoons as well btw, who's on charge of picking the cartoons and tomorrow's movie? See what I did there!
Jack 1 month ago
Hi group, how are you

Today would have been the 60th birthday of Austin singer-songwriter/artist, Daniel Johnston. I can’t say for certain that these were inspired by last week’s movie, but Johnston’s art did assimilate much of pop culture...     The Creature/3rd Chair
Love is priceless
And I'm still paying the bill
I get to loving you so much
It just ain't right sometimes
The creature's panting through his gill
Can't you see the pleading in his eyes?
It says "If you want me to, I will"
Just don't ask him why
She was my girl
But now she's gone
The1Butler 1 month ago
The Svengoolie show cant come soon enough !
JohnBlair The1Butler 1 month ago
I'm aLL Charged uP t00!!!! (just NOT my pHONE)
MrsG JohnBlair 1 month ago
Shout out to all the “Sparkies” who oughta get a charge out of tomorrow’s movie ~ I sure will.
The1Butler MrsG 1 month ago
I just got a static shock from my dog !⚡
TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Off topic, and I do know that baseball is taboo. However, a passing of note.

Hall of famer Hank Aaron has died at 86. He broke Babe Ruth’s home run record (it would be about 20 years before Aaron’s record was surpassed). He still holds several major league records today. He set those records without doing it in a bragging or boastful way.

He used his baseball fame to champion the cause of civil rights. Unlike too many of today’s athletes, his off field life did not detract from his considerable accomplishments on the field.

A living legend lives no more.
He was the recipient of death threats and a large assortment of hate mail during the 1973–1974 offseason from people who did not want to see Aaron break Ruth's nearly sacrosanct home run record. The threats extended to those providing positive press coverage of Aaron. At the end of the 1973 season, Aaron received a plaque from the US Postal Service for receiving more mail (930,000 pieces) than any person excluding politicians. Aaron received an outpouring of public support in response to the bigotry. -- Wikipedia
A childhood hero. RIP Hammerin' Hank
Indeed, a childhood hero of mine, too. MLB has lost a number of great players this past year, and now, during January of 2021. RIP, Hammerin' Hank!
Klaatu NoPersonalChicks 1 month ago
Amazing the whacky hate some people create😵☹️. As the old saying goes, records are meant to be broken.
Klaatu 1 month ago
As I watch Toon In With Me, I’ve observed what a huge difference there is between the early WB toons and the later toons made in the ‘60’s and newer. I guess the bean counters overrode creativity. Lesser quality animation and story☹️☹️
daleuhlmann Klaatu 1 month ago
Yes, that's the same cartoon, Klaatu. I agree, it was very clever!
Catbat 1 month ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Morning All!
JohnBlair Catbat 1 month ago
NoW I'm confused; iTs NoT Wednesday???
The1Butler JohnBlair 1 month ago
nope its svengoolie eve !
BelleLugosi JohnBlair 1 month ago
No it's Blursday. All the days just blur into one another. Another thing we can thank the benevolent Covid for.
JohnBlair BelleLugosi 1 month ago
Blursday! YeP!!! That's where I live, and I ain't coming oUt 2 PLAY......
daleuhlmann 1 month ago
For those of us who got up early this morning to watch "Toon In With Me," what did you think of that early 1930s, black and white Merrie Melodies cartoon that Bill and Toony presented today? A real curio, it featured a song and dance man character who imitated several of the popular acts of the day, including Maurice Chevalier and Ted Lewis. Also, at one point, he used syndicated columnist and radio personality Walter Winchell's signature sign-off line, "Okay, America!"
Klaatu daleuhlmann 1 month ago
Is that the one where many items in the junkyard became musical instruments? If so, it was brilliant! Who today would make a vacuum cleaner inhale and become a bagpipe? Just simple innocent creative ideas for all the kids back then👍
Jack Klaatu 1 month ago
I could post a number of videos demonstrating such musical instruments, but it would break our ban on musical performance. A good place to start would be looking up Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach. Regarding bagpiping without the bagpipes, I’ve seen and heard someone playing a harmonica with a balloon droning on the bottom two reeds. Pretty impressive!
daleuhlmann 1 month ago
Happy Svengoolie Saturday Eve, group! Tomorrow night we get a man-made monster. Next week we get a giant spider that hates teenagers and rock and roll!
MADave 1 month ago
Happy Friyayyyy! Have a great day
The1Butler 1 month ago
Svengoolie eve it is ! Only its 430am .
The1Butler The1Butler 1 month ago
Jed Clampit is on the case ,so dont worry .
MADave 1 month ago
Good night group just one more day til cartoons and Sven and in the words of Porky Pig Th th th th that’s all folks!
daleuhlmann 1 month ago
I remember reading a comic book version of CFTBL in the late 1960s or early 1970s that depicted a most novel ending to the story. After the crew of the Rita think they have killed the Gill Man, they return to civilization, never realizing that the Creature had planted a colony of eggs to the boat that hatched en route, so the final picture comic frame shows several young, miniature gill creatures closely following the boat back to the mainland! Now, I know what you're thinking! Did that mean that the Gill Man was really a Gill Woman all this time? If so, why would the Creature have shown the slightest interest in a woman throughout the story? My answer is, I don't know.
No, I was thinking what did those eggs come out of?
Klaatu daleuhlmann 1 month ago
A possible female Creature being attracted to the woman crew member? To quite Seinfeld...Not that’s there’s anything wrong with that 🤔
Jack daleuhlmann 1 month ago
He could have been a paternal mouthbrooder, like the silver arowana, that also lives in the Amazon.
MADave daleuhlmann 1 month ago
Hmmm? Interesting side story
daleuhlmann Jack 1 month ago
I suppose so, Jack.
Drang daleuhlmann 1 month ago
When dealing with crypto-zoology, it does not pay to make assumptions...
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