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Karloff In the House! As Well as Dracula, Wolf Man, the Monster, and More- "House of Frankenstein" Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV-  our month of classics continues with the biggest "monster rally" movie of all- a creepy combo platter of  Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Frankenstein Monster, a hunchback- and Boris Karloff- occupying 1944's "House of Frankenstein"!

If you try to track the chronology of the films in the Universal Frankenstein series, this one definitely follows “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man”. On a stormy night, we head to a prison where Dr. Neimann, a twisted scientist, has been imprisoned for his unspeakable experiments that the authorities have labelled as crimes against nature! While Neimann lectures his cellmate, the hunchbacked Daniel ,nature itself provides an escape for them!. Making it to the muddy road in the midst of a driving rain, they encounter a stalled wagon, actually a traveling "house of horrors". The dastardly duo helps the proprietor get back on the road- then, help themselves to his identity and his wagon! Neimann reasons that his disguise as the showman will keep them incognito as they travel on their quest to discover Dr. Frankenstein's lost secrets of creating life- an obsession of the criminal scientist, with Daniel along as accomplice, in hopes that the doctor will operate on his misshapen back.

To shore up their cover, the duo puts the wagon's attractions on display at a small village's fair, where one local authority thinks he’s familiar with this showman. Angered by this suspicion, Neimann unwittingly removes a stake from the remains of Count Dracula- reviving the vampire! He makes a deal with the count, offering him protection if he helps him take  revenge- but the count has his own fiendish agenda, including murder and enlisting a lovely young bride to the ranks of the undead!

Continuing his mission, Neimann’s travels bring him closer to his main objective- the ruins of Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory-  but a stop at a nearby gypsy camp adds one more passenger to their wagon- a pretty young gypsy girl whom Daniel rescues from misfortune !The gypsy immediately captures his heart, in spite of the possibility that his deformity may keep her from returning his affection- unless Niemann can change his plight!  They continue to the ruins of the Frankenstein castle - and stumble upon frozen underground catacombs- where they find the frozen bodies of the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein Monster ( a result of the water flooding the castle at the end of “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man”)! They thaw the Wolf Man out- and he reverts to his human form of Larry Talbot - but the Monster, still in a weakened state, must receive some treatment soon if he is to be restored to full consciousness and power. They take him to Neimann's own abandoned laboratory- but, along the way, Daniel is dismayed and angered to find that the gypsy girl he desires now finds Talbot attractive! The mad doctor sets to work – with a plan to heal the Monster, and take revenge on the locals who sent up the river. Jealousy isn't the only reason  Daniel and Talbot are at odds- both want to be brain donors for the Monster, which would eliminate the problem of whoever the donor is, be it the curse of the full moon or deformity. Neimann's promises to both men go by the wayside as he works on his own agenda- to restore the Monster to full power and have it at his command! Meanwhile,  the suspicious villagers  realize something sinister is going on at Neimann's old place... setting the stage for another battle between two legendary monsters!

This film was the original “monster mash-up” film, bringing together so many of Universal's " big three" monsters (the Mummy would also have been a part of the roster, but that didn’t pan out).  For the first time, John Carradine takes on the role of Count Dracula ( a role he would again take on in the next "monster rally" film, "House of Dracula”), and big Glenn Strange makes his first appearance as the Frankenstein Monster. With the only man to ever play Larry Talbot in the classic era of Universal monster films, Lon Chaney Jr- it’s an all “mon-star” cast- topped off by the addition of the King of horror, Karloff! We'll fill you in on the whole cast- bring you a song and a visit to one of our frequent haunts-and  present another chat with  a real expert on Universal monsters (as well as being a hilarious comedian)- the one and only Gilbert Gottfried!

The “House of Frankenstein” opens its doors to you tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central, or check listings in your area ( or at www.metv.com) for when and where you can see us. MeTV invites you join the legion of fans who live-Tweet along with the movie on Twitter during the show- just be sure to use the hashtag #svengoolie.  In the Chicago viewing area, it's a Saturday morning encore of the original “Wolf Man" at 11 am on WCIU, the U.  

Don’t forget that Sven alter ego Rich Koz again joins the Lincoln Park Zoo AAZK chapter for “Bowling for Rhinos” this Tuesday night- find info under our “appearances” tab on this site! You can bowl, bid on special auction items (including an ostrich egg decorated with artwork by Sven himself!), enjoy refreshments, and help protect rhinos in the wild.

But tonight – we have equally fearsome creatures from which even a rhino couldn’t protect you- join us in the house -on MeTV!

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MADave 2 months ago
Good night all and good luck reaching the number 1 spot on the blog Willoughby maybe you should try?
BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
"Its Friday, you ain't got no job and you ain't got S**T to do".........
MADave 2 months ago
I just saw the pics that Willoughby posted what a great bunch of Svensters I'm hoping to see a New England stop for a future BBC either in MA or NH?
WILLOUGHBY MADave 2 months ago
Hope to see you at TBBIV. There were many other photos that we didn't post on our website. Zebra Woman, I didn't know you were so tall.
MADave WILLOUGHBY 2 months ago
WW where ever TBBCIV will be I'm hoping to go but I'm not much of a flyer and I don't drive either
DrClayton WILLOUGHBY 2 months ago
What's that in centimeters??
BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
Hmmmm a very active chatty
Friday Nite Lites, maybe the cool Pre Autumnal Air is Gettin folks Woke.....
Ravenwoman BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
Yup, winter is coming! Love the cold! Time to pull that blanket over me for warmth.
BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
Beavis & Butthead
The Great Cornholio
Ravenwoman BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
Cornholio! Haaaaaa! 🤣
Ravenwoman BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
Oh, dat's nasty! 🤣😁
PatS 2 months ago
JournalJeff -- if you get a chance, look at the photos of TBB3, I think Keith posted a link last week -- or ask him at kc (at) tunabay (dot) com. Keith brought along some various animal-head masks and Catbat looked especially fetching with the zebra. If you know Catbat (and you would if we can wrangle a good spot for Big Blogcast IV) she's quite identifiable in Keith's satiric spots of "Zebra Woman."
WILLOUGHBY PatS 2 months ago
Here's the link to the photo album.
http://willoughbywolf.com/willyspace/welcome.html

I haven't fully developed the character of Zebra Woman and I probably won't. Now, "Tiger Guy" perhaps, as that would be Dale in the tiger mask.
daleuhlmann WILLOUGHBY 2 months ago
That's g-rrrr-eat!
WILLOUGHBY daleuhlmann 2 months ago
Perrrfect! Everyone had to learn how to see and walk with these masks on. Dale, were you wearing your glasses under that thing?
daleuhlmann WILLOUGHBY 2 months ago
Yes, I was!
Catbat WILLOUGHBY 2 months ago
Broke Knee?
WILLOUGHBY Catbat 2 months ago
Does Zebra Woman have a broke knee? Last I saw her she was...
MADave 2 months ago
For those of you who love the gospel sound of Elvis Presley I am picking up the newest cd called where no one stands alone it contains new recordings of gospel songs by Elvis and a duet with daughter Lisa Marie, I read that she said "When I was 2 yrs old I only knew gospel" I really shouldn't be posting this but it's something I wanted to share.
daleuhlmann 2 months ago
It's interesting to note that, while HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN supplied Larry Talbot with his first love interest since THE WOLF MAN, he, as in the first film, was not allowed to enjoy a "happily ever after" life with his beloved. Why? Because, in both films, the Wolf Man had taken a life, and, according to the Hayes and Breen censorship offices, he had to be punished, preferably with his own life. By contrast, in HOUSE OF DRACULA, Talbot, who has now been cured of the werewolf curse, is going to live a blissful life with Melissa because the Wolf Man had not killed anybody in the film.
daleuhlmann 2 months ago
It never ceases to amaze me how much Hollywood mythology often proves more enduring than the truth. Point in case: Many people still believe that THE WOLF MAN's "Even a man who is pure in heart" poem is authentic folklore, when it was actually created by writer Curt Siodmak.
Of course, as many of us have pointed out, Universal would tinker with it, later changing the "autumn moon" to a moon that is "full and bright." HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN offered more Hollywood-created folklore by holding that a werewolf can be killed only with a silver bullet "fired by the hand of one who loves him enough to understand," hence Ilonka's tragic part in the proceedings.
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WILLOUGHBY daleuhlmann 2 months ago
It's a funny inside joke for the people who attended TBB3 in Bryan. I personally had no idea what the term meant, and still really don't get it. But in the end I'm sure I will get it. Can I say, Ahhooo?
Carl_N_Brown WILLOUGHBY 2 months ago
??? We had a cornhole tournament on the last day of the annual Fun Fest 13-21 Jul 2018.
http://www.funfest.net/event/cornhole-tournament/
Kinda like horseshoes, only you toss a bag of corn at an inclined board with a hole in it. Some people use bean bags.
Catbat daleuhlmann 2 months ago
Love you ❤️❤️❤️❤️
daleuhlmann Catbat 2 months ago
Love you, too, dear!💕
BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
Hey does anyone Know Who Won
The newly Minted Hilarity of the week Award Initiated by Dr. Ed i believe ? Lots 'O Doctors on the Blogg so I might be wrong
PatS BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
Check around the end of the movie (Eastern time). As I recall it was Oscar, with Dr. Clayton a close second.
BigBlueNYC1958 PatS 2 months ago
Gotcha !
Thanks
BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
CORPNET ???? Sounds menacing
I don't have Long to go before I'm Booted to Oblivion...
At least it's not Skynet (of "Terminator").
Or The God Aweful
Brooklyn Nets
Yuck
1MikeM 2 months ago
.....and dat was da House of Frankenstein...and dat's da name of dat tune.
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Catbat Ravenwoman 2 months ago
Provoking? Not! Opinion stated as is OK according to you
Catbat Catbat 2 months ago
If you can't take it don't dish it.
Ravenwoman BigBlueNYC1958 2 months ago
You know I can't answer that.
1MikeM 2 months ago
JournalJeff2, Welcome back!
JournalJeff2 1MikeM 2 months ago
Thank You
JournalJeff2 2 months ago
Thanks everybody for the welcome back to the blog wishes.
It is kind of like kodakKid said, the sequel.
Maybe more like: the New & Improved
or Bigger & Better, well bigger anyway.
Catbat JournalJeff2 2 months ago
Journal Jeff WELCOME BACK ! You were sorely missed
JournalJeff2 Catbat 2 months ago
Thank You
What is the Zebra Woman stuff about?
JournalJeff2 Catbat 2 months ago
Yes that I figured out. I was wondering if there is a good story behind the name.
Welcome Back Kotter !!!!!
Oscar 2 months ago
Happy friday to all, it's almost Svenday!
Ravenwoman Oscar 2 months ago
Happy Birthday, Love! ❤
Oscar Ravenwoman 2 months ago
Thank you baby
Ravenwoman Oscar 2 months ago
👶🍼❤💋🍰😜
Catbat 2 months ago
Seems the Sven Administartor has been replaced by CorpNet. com
Miss you SA ❤️
daleuhlmann Catbat 2 months ago
Yes, dear. It does appear that Jack Griffin or Kitty Carroll (depending on the Administrator's sex) has now taken over his or her function ever since the new blog came into effect. It would be reassuring to know that he or she is still on the job if ever needed. We haven't heard from Sven at all, either.
MADave daleuhlmann 2 months ago
Yes would love to see Sven pop in from time to time
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Hi Lynn 🍃🌷🍃
Hope you are having a nice day. Are you feeling the change in the air 🍁🌬🍁 is fall really on it's,way already 😉 Our mornings are very nice and cool only in the 60's how about that!
Take care ❤
Lynn CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
Thank you, Carrie! It is good to hear from you. We have been slightly cooler here, too. But I am reluctant to relate it to fall just yet. Enjoy!
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