Tonight on MeTV- our show is brought to you by the letter “D”- as a scientist with some sibling rivalry issues tampers with his brother’s amazing discovery and gains the ability to not only pass through solid objects –but also to cause death with a mere touch- when he becomes the “4-D Man”!
We begin by watching a devoted young scientist named Tony Nelson ( no, not “I Dream of Jeannie”s master) –who makes a brilliant discovery- but then makes a careless mistake in his university lab, resulting in the whole building being burnt down! The old Frankenstein Monster mantra- “fire bad” – proves true, as Tony is fired from the university. His only hope to perfect his discovery is to meet up with his fellow scientist brother Scott- and seek his aid in allowing him to continue his work.
Brother Scott is facing obstacles of his own- including being under the employment of an egotistical employer who takes credit for everything his workers turn out. Even the latest discovery Scott and his team have perfected - a metal so dense, nothing can penetrate it- is promoted by boss man Carson as HIS latest discovery- and he even goes so far as to name it after himself- Car-gonite!
When Tony arrives to meet with Scott, he is also introduced to Scott’s comely co-worker Linda, the object of Scott’s affection. The brothers, as happens with some siblings, bicker and disagree , but eventually, Tony agrees to take a job with the company. Tony is shown to his work station by an untrustworthy co-worker named Parker, who feels he personally deserves a higher position in the company, but lacks the talent to achieve it- and will do anything, ethical or not, to achieve his goal.
Tony finally finds it necessary to reveal the astounding accomplishment he’s been working on to Scott and Linda. He shows them an uncanny example- the result of an amplifier he has created that allows one solid object to pass through another! Another unexpected achievement is in the works- when Linda shares the mutual affection Tony is feeling for her. Sadly, Scott discovers that these two are now a coo-some twosome, without them knowing he has stumbled upon their romance. Scott, perhaps driven by jealousy, breaks into Tony’s work locker, removes his experimental equipment, and powers it up, only to accidentally duplicate his brother’s feat of passing one solid object through another – barely escaping a tragic result!
The devious Parker happens by the work space, and spots some of Tony’s papers. He realizes this may be his chance to impress the boss, and swipes them. He then tries to pass them off as his own work to glory-hound boss Carson, in hopes of finally getting his own lab. In the meantime, Scott must reveal to Tony that he has made the amplifier work successfully- but then discovers that it now allows HIM to pass through a solid plate of metal. More stunning is the fact that the amplifier actually isn’t even on when Scott performs the act! Somehow his exposure to the amplifier’s wavelength has given his human flesh the power to go “4-D”!
Scott discovers that his entire body can now pass through objects at will- but going into the 4D state takes a physical toll on him. He accidentally discovers a way to restore himself- but at a terrible cost. He decides to use his power to commit a crime- and while it leaves the police baffled, brother Tony recognizes the signs from all the evidence. He not only knows how the crime was committed- but also by who! Scott continues to use his new 4-D power for whatever he wants- including revenge- challenging Tony, Linda, and the authorities to face the task of trying to stop a man who is basically unstoppable- and deadly!
This 1959 color feature, starring James Congdon, also boasts a cast we’ll talk about, featuring Robert Lansing, Robert Strauss, and a very young and beautiful Lee Meriwether, not to mention an even younger actress who would reach great fame in movies and TV ( attention, blog commenters-please heed the “not to mention’ until after the show airs!) . The film has an unusual jazz soundtrack similar to that of the “Peter Gunn” show- which, at times, seems to over-power the presentation. We’ll “go through” the usual Sven shtick, including a merchandise idea that seems fairly obvious!
“4-D Man” comes through your TV screen tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, and, if you are unsure of the time and channel where you are- just check your local listings or at www.metv.com. Our show continues to trend high nationally among the topics on Twitter during the show, thanks to the fans live-Tweeting using the hashtag #svengoolie - and MeTV invites you to join in! Chicago area viewers get a second chance to experience the “Cry of the Werewolf” on the U at the special earlier time- 9 am- due to high school sports.
You still have a little over two weeks to get your vote is for the Rondo Awards for horror and science fiction in various media. I am a double nominee this year- both as favorite horror host, in the category that also includes many of my worthy brethren( and sistern) who host horror shows – and also among the nominations for top event of 2019 , with the city of Chicago’s celebration of my 40th anniversary. As always, make your votes for whoever or whatever your true favorites are- even if I am not among them. The nice thing about the Rondos is that you can vote in as few or as many categories as you wish. You can cut and paste from the ballot to show your choices, but in order for your vote to count- you must follow all the rules, including giving your name and e-mail address, and voting ONLY ONCE. You must do this, or your vote will not count. You’ll find the ballot and all voting information at www.rondoaward.com
On a personal note- please accept my thanks to everyone who offered birthday greetings, whether here, by mail, or on social media. It means so much to me. Your support and friendship is the best gift of all.
Enjoy our gift to you tonight on MeTV!