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Joan Crawford Plays "Axe Me Another" in William Castle's "Strait-Jacket"- Tonight!

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Get ready for some creepy Joan Crawford ( via William Castle) tonight on MeTV- as  a mother/daughter reunion (after Mom has been away at a psychiatric asylum) coincides with a sudden rash of axe murders! You’ll find “so much sleeve” and so much horror in the 1964 chiller- “Strait-Jacket”!

We get the back story of Lucy Harbin (Joan) catching her husband with another woman and giving them both  “the big haircut”- earning her twenty years in a psychiatric hospital. When she is finally released, she heads to the farm of her brother and his wife- who adopted Lucy’s daughter Carol when her Mom was sent away.  Carol, who, as a three year old, witnessed the murders, is now a young adult, an artist engaged to a wealthy young guy named Michael- and encourages her mother to return to the way she was twenty years ago, before all the unpleasantness occurred. Lucy wants to rebuild her relationship with the daughter she barely knew, but the past keeps cropping up. She also has visions of decapitated heads and sees axes.Is that normal?

Carol hopes that Lucy trying to be like her old self will ease her into re-acclimating into society. This may not be the best plan- because grey-haired Lucy returns to her old self big-time- with dark wig, new dresses and jewelry, and begins to play the vamp-even flirting with Carol’s intended. A meeting with the future in-laws turns out to be a disaster, thanks to Lucy. And then- the murders start! Have her misguided attempts at being like she used to be truly returned Lucy to her old axe- swinging self ?

This film, written by “Psycho” author Robert Bloch, can thank the actress Joan Blondell for the starring of Miss Crawford-  after the original choice for Lucy, Grayson Hall, opted to instead return to stage work, Blondell suffered an injury at home before shooting started, and William Castle asked  Crawford to step in- which she did, only after making some demands, which we’ll fill you in on. We’ll also run down the cast, which includes the first screen appearance of a future TV hero and a familiar actor from “Cool Hand Luke” and all four “Airport” movies. We’ll also explain the presence of a load of Pepsi Cola  ( and no wire hangers) in the film! We’ll also bring you the song we originally did for this film when we first showed it several years ago!

“Strait- Jacket” will be ready for you to try on tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- if you are unsure of what time we are on or where to find MeTV where you are, please check the local listings or go to www.metv.com . We continue to trend nationally on Twitter during the program, thanks to all the fans live-Tweeting along with the show using the hashtag #svengoolie and MeTV encourages you to join in! In the Chicago area, viewers can get one more loving look at the late Julie Adams in “Creature from the Black Lagoon” at 11 am on MeTV.

While the latest Sven action figure sold completely out last weekend- we have something very special available now in our store- the Svengoolie Action Figure 4-Pack- featuring me in my traditional costume, along with the dreadful Dracula, the Horrible Mummy, and the Monster Frankenstein! These figures are manufactured by the Figures Toy Company, one of the industry’s premier distributors of licensed collectibles. You can create your own horror movies with this fearsome foursome! Check it out in our store here on the site or the store at www.metv.com .

Some special things will be happening this year, as I celebrate 40 years of being the Sven character! Special appearances, merchandise, and more are in store- including some things that may surprise you! Keep checking the blog and our appearances tab for future developments!

Tonight- join us for an “axe-cellent” horror film! ( Warning- some of the movie may be a little too intense for younger and more sensitive viewers- and those who don’t like Pepsi…)

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RichardAllenHecht 4 months ago
i love the scene when there are two Joan Crawfords
Ravenwoman 4 months ago
Goodnight, all! Enjoy the movie tomorrow night and the rest of your weekend. I'm not well, turning in early. 💋💓🗽
Lynn Ravenwoman 4 months ago
Take care, Ravenwoman.
MADave 4 months ago
I thought of Catbat today I was at the grocery store and I saw a magazine (not sure which one) but her beloved Batman was on it, i think it was a history of Batman or something?
Catbat MADave 4 months ago
Neat! What store?
MADave Catbat 4 months ago
Stop and shop if you have one? But I’m sure it’ll be everywhere
Catbat MADave 4 months ago
Thanks,I'll keep my eye out.
MADave Catbat 4 months ago
Ok dear
TheKodakKid 4 months ago
Even more sad news.

Singer Jerry Lee Lewis has suffered what they are calling a slight stroke. As of now they are not canceling any scheduled appearances (next one is in May). The family is requesting prayers for a speedy recovery.
Ravenwoman TheKodakKid 4 months ago
On it! 🙏
Catbat TheKodakKid 4 months ago
Is it something in the water! Jeez. All good vibes
1MikeM 4 months ago
Some more sad news today. Actor Nathaniel Taylor has passed away at the age of 80. He is probably best known as Rollo Lawson the friend of Lamont Sanford on the TV series SANFORD AND SON. RIP Nathaniel.
TheKodakKid 1MikeM 4 months ago
He was always a hoot on that show. I seem to recall an episode of “Love Boat” where he and the actress who played Aunt Esther played a married couple. Of course, I’ve already demonstrated today that my memory can be a little faulty.
MADave 1MikeM 4 months ago
It as funny when he always called Fred Pop!
Catbat 1MikeM 4 months ago
RIP Nathaniel. Lots of fun memories

daleuhlmann 1MikeM 4 months ago
I remember Rollo's character--very funny. RIP, Mr. Taylor.
Raycav00 4 months ago
In staying with tomorrow’s Feline Topic this Big Cat Black Leopard would be Difficult to surpass in sheer animal beauty. He’s simply magnificent !
MrGotham Raycav00 4 months ago
bellamentè mortal !!!! 🤭
NeganRules Raycav00 4 months ago
Now that is a black cat !
looking foward to tomorrow’s film, never saw it before
Ravenwoman Raycav00 4 months ago
Regal yet deadly.
The1Butler 4 months ago
Happy Svengoolie eve!
Catbat The1Butler 4 months ago
Same to you Butler! I'm So ready
Tygercat 4 months ago
Great newsletter! Terrific film lineup- 2 are completely new to us, and one of the "new" films is one of our favorites, "House of Wax". Love Vincent! Love Harryhausen, too. Looks like a great month coming- ok, not crazy about Daylight Savings Time, but what can you do? Change the clocks, that's what! We have got one (on a DVD player) that never got changed from the last time change! So we are ahead of the game, right?
Catbat Tygercat 4 months ago
So you're ahead of your time?
Tygercat Catbat 4 months ago
More like the busted clock that is still right twice a day 🕰️
Catbat Tygercat 4 months ago
We have one just like it in the living room.Haha!
Ravenwoman 4 months ago
Since I am Feeline so fine today, I will post the purrrrfect song to go along with...The Black Cat! No, I only practice White Magick. I Harm none but take no nonsense.

MADave 4 months ago
How did everybody do on Svengoolie’s quiz? I got only a few right
Tygercat MADave 4 months ago
I got about half, which I guess is not too bad for a non-Chicago native. (K-Mart- really???)
Catbat Tygercat 4 months ago
I think I missed 4
Lynn Catbat 4 months ago
Same here, but it was fun seeing what I knew - and more fun seeing what I didn't!
1MikeM MADave 4 months ago
Fun quiz. Interesting information. Learned something new today. I missed about half of the questions.
Catbat Lynn 4 months ago
Yes it was
daleuhlmann 4 months ago
The Vincent Price movie at the end of the month would be, in light of last week's film, of interest to Lizzie Borden: HOUSE OF WHACKS.

Oh, it's HOUSE OF WAX?

Never mind.

Catbat daleuhlmann 4 months ago
Haha! Nice one Dear 😊
daleuhlmann Catbat 4 months ago
Thanks, dear!
Matt 4 months ago
Happy Sci-fi Friday everyone !!!!!
Catbat Matt 4 months ago
Right Back Attcha!
daleuhlmann Matt 4 months ago
After a week like this, I think I'm more than ready for it, Matt!
1MikeM 4 months ago
Happy March 1st y'all! Have a great weekend.
Catbat 1MikeM 4 months ago
Busy month in March for my family.
1MikeM Catbat 4 months ago
Catbat, what's going on in March with your family?
Catbat 1MikeM 4 months ago
Lots of birthdays and holidays
TheKodakKid 4 months ago
Another passing of note.

Actress Katherine Helmond has died at 89. Best remembered for her roles on “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss”. She always came across as one of those people that would always be fun to be around.

Sadly, she died from complications from Alzheimer’s.
1MikeM TheKodakKid 4 months ago
RIP Katherine Helmond.
1MikeM TheKodakKid 4 months ago
Katherine Helmond was also in the movie OVERBOARD. She played the mother of the Goldie Hawn character.
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 4 months ago
I always liked Katherine Helmond--fine comedic actress.

RIP, Ms. Helmond.
MADave TheKodakKid 4 months ago
Rest In Peace Mona!
abc123 TheKodakKid 4 months ago
going to watch Brazil tomorrow in her honor.
Catbat 4 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Morning All!
Great newsletter Sven. Love this months treats. Thanks
daleuhlmann 4 months ago
Just got the March newsletter--what a Sventastic selection of movies!
Raycav00 4 months ago
The Ides of March🦁are upon us and we’re crazier than a March Hare 🐇
Raycav00 4 months ago
How about a St. Patricks Day themed film 03/16 the day before Paddys
One of the “Leprechaun” Schlock movies maybe.
Ravenwoman Raycav00 4 months ago
Well...there goes my appetite! 🤪🙄🤢🤮🗽🤣💓
daleuhlmann Raycav00 4 months ago
A St. Patrick's Day natural, because of its period Irish setting, would be the 1970 Vincent Price shocker, CRY OF THE BANSHEE. Despite its advertising at the time, it had NOTHING to do with Edgar Allan Poe, and its title character is quite different from the traditional Gaelic banshee of folklore. Still, it's an entertaining and full-throttled horror (rather gory and violent, though, and with some nudity that would make it--including its trailer, which is why I'm not posting it!--unsuitable for Sven's show). It IS fun, though, to see Vincent paired with another screen and theatre veteran, the Australian-Hungarian-born Elisabeth Bergener, who was touted in the 1930's as another Garbo. Obviously, she never attained that status.
Ravenwoman 4 months ago
Journal Jeff! I need that song again, sir! LOL! Help me! 🤪🙄🙏🗽🤣

Ravenwoman 4 months ago
DrClayton - I know I'm DEAD now, Jim! LOL! 🤪🙄🙏
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