"Lucy Harbin Took an Axe"...But Is She Back to Taking Whacks? Put On the "Strait-Jacket" Tonight!

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Tonight, it’s more William Castle murder and mayhem with Joan Crawford trying to start a new life for herself- and reunite with her daughter- after she is released from a psychiatric asylum. Questions arise about whether or not she has recovered- when she finds herself “seeing” bizarre things- and axe murders abound! Be ready to settle into a comfy garment with sleeves that strap you in- as we try on, for size, the 1964 chiller- “Strait-Jacket”!

We learn the past history of Lucy Harbin – who caught her hubby with a floozy- and gave them the axe until she felt woozy!  This axe-slinging “crime of passion” put her away for twenty years in a psychiatric hospital. Now, with doctors okaying her final release, she returns home- to the farm of her brother and his wife, the couple who adopted Lucy’s daughter Carol when she was sent away. Carol was three years old when she was an eyewitness to the savage murders- but now has grown into a young adult and an aspiring artist, complete with a wealthy young fiance named Michael. Reunited with her mother, Carol thinks it would help Lucy if she returns to the way she was twenty years ago, before the “incidents”. Lucy wants nothing more than to rebuild her relationship with Carol, but the past is hard to forget-especially when she sees axes and has visions of decapitated heads1

Carol takes Lucy on a shopping and beauty spree- thinking that returning to her former self will help her re-enter society. Recapturing her past may not be the best tactic- especially when she is due to meet Carol’s intended- and grey-haired Lucy reverts to her old self big-time- with dark wig, new dresses and jewelry, and begins to play the vamp-even flirting with Michael. A further meeting with the future in-laws turns out to be a disaster, thanks to Lucy. Her return to society appears to include the return of murder! Has trying to be like she used to be truly restored  Lucy to her old axe- murderer persona?

This film, written by “Psycho” author Robert Bloch, was originally slated to star other actresses- but the first choice for Lucy, Grayson Hall, opted to instead return to stage work. Next up was Joan Blondell , but she suffered an injury at home before shooting started, and William Castle asked Crawford to step in. She agreed, but only if certain stipulations were met- and we’ll fill you in on what her demands were. We’ll also acquaint you with the cast, which includes a future TV hero in his first screen role, and a familiar actor from “Cool Hand Luke” and all four “Airport” movies. And, yes, we’ll explain the presence of a load of Pepsi Cola products (and no wire hangers, of course) in the film! We’ll even encore the song we originally did for this film when we first showed it several years ago.

“Strait- Jacket” will  welcome you with open- or maybe strapped- arms tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- and 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 . 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! For Chicago viewers, there’s one more white- eyed  look at the creepy “Village of the Damned” at 11 am on MeTV.

Speaking of which- for those in the Chicago area who catch our show on WCIU- with the change of 26.1 to CW26- featuring the CW ‘s slate of shows- be aware that the U is moving- and I’ll be moving with it! Starting on September 7th, the U will be found over the air ( with an antenna) on 48.1 and 26.2  . If you watch on cable, Comcast will have the U on 230 ( some suburban areas may have a different channel allocation)- RCN will have it at 610- and WOW will have the U at 170. You’ll find us on Dish on channel 48, as well as on other providers. Please note- this is ONLY for viewers of the U  in Chicago- everywhere, we are still on MeTV Saturday nights at the usual time!

And, if you’re around that Chicago area, this afternoon, you can meet me at the big Route 66 event in Berwyn! I’ll be there from 2 to 4 pm, signing autographs and taking photos, with a limited stock of Sven merchandise for sale. You can see the classic cars, enjoy music , and more right at the site where the famed “mother road” begins!  Click on the “appearances” tab here on our site for full details!

Be with us tonight for a William Castle-brand nightmare that’s truly “cutting-edge”!

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MADave 11 months ago
Nitey nite y’all have fun with the movie tomorrow I’ll be having a blast with family celebrating mom’s 78th birthday!
daleuhlmann MADave 11 months ago
Have fun!
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago

For accompanying article, do a search for " cardiology arrhythmia How Frankenstein saved millions of lives."
dh 11 months ago
Until tomorrow then... nite nite all.
StephanieStepStone dh 11 months ago
Good Nytol!
- Steph
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Dh, Wal-Mart has battery-operated fans.
Of course the store shelves are cleaned out of batteries, sandwich makings, bottled water, everything except Pickled Big Claw.
Good luck!
- Steph
dh StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
I will settle for a monster omelette (you see what I did there?)
Or maybe I just laid an egg nyuck nyuck
dh 11 months ago
Thanks to all of you for the kind words & thoughts. I am waiting for the 11pm advisory. My goal is to have all the shutters up before the three Stooges. Should be able to do the Giant Claw because the storm has slower forward motion (which is actually bad). Got a tiny battery powered tv delivered today- hope it works! Too tired to set it up tonight.
Lynn dh 11 months ago
Be well, dh!
dh Lynn 11 months ago
Thanks so much! This reminds me of Andrew. Bleh.
I am clawing my way to the weekend- heeheehee
Maybe we can be first on the new blog dear friend? I am maybe going to be wakeful.
StephanieStepStone dh 11 months ago
Praying for you, having been through so many storms & 'canes myself. Was born during Carla, Cat 4 where we were.
Got your sandbags? Will you have to evacuate inland, so harrowing?
Get enough rest for the long haul!
- Steph
dh StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Thanks-so interesting you are a hurricane baby!
I got kool sandbags from a military surplus store- they activate with water so you set them, wet them, and forget them (like Depends). I did real sandbags for Irma and they were soooo icky. I am still not sleepy, but Mr. dh went to sleep 2 hours ago!
Lynn dh 11 months ago
I usually step aside and let the thundering herd play through first. I prefer to take in Sven's words before making my first comment on the new blog, so I'll likely check back tomorrow morning. Take care!
dh Lynn 11 months ago
Yes, I think I should try for 40 winks myself.
Geo 11 months ago
I am so happy my first movie since being able to watch Svengoolie. I guess I should celebrate the claw this Saturday. Good thoughts to everyone here. I guess I am regular or "irregular" since it's a horror program.
Lynn Geo 11 months ago
Geo Lynn 11 months ago
Thank you.
JournalJeff2 11 months ago
R.I.P. Valerie Harper!
Geo JournalJeff2 11 months ago
I remember watching her show Rhoda in my younger days.
JournalJeff2 Geo 11 months ago
Yes, a very talented lady!
Yes I shed a couple tears. She does of course lead back to "General Hospital," therefore Kevin Bacon and most Svengoolie Movies.
I found out a couple years ago, she actually isn't Jewish! Such comedic talent.
- Steph
Catbat JournalJeff2 11 months ago
Yes indeed. To a battle well faught. RIP Valerie Harper
daleuhlmann 11 months ago
So sad to hear about Valerie Harper's passing. What a courageous battle she fought. RIP Ms. Harper.
Geo daleuhlmann 11 months ago
A shame, that was a struggle and hope she has peace.
Jack 11 months ago
Hooray! Svenblog is back!

Whew! 😅💦
MADave Jack 11 months ago
Was it off? I haven't been on for awhile?
SOBX MADave 11 months ago
MADave SOBX 11 months ago
Ah no wonder I couldn't get on a few ago
Geo Jack 11 months ago
I never knew it left?
SOBX MADave 11 months ago
Blog ate a bunch of comments.
dh Jack 11 months ago
Yes- I could not get the blog or Sven website either. Glad to be here again :)
CarrieLynnCastro 11 months ago
Happy Friday 🤖
Sven we are on our
way 👻🎩👻 for the
show it will be a fun
Movie 📺🍗😱

Cool day of 98* 😉 it's better then 105* yikes!
It was so hot the other
day 🌞

Will have a nice day
have some friends
coming in from🏡🚗
Southern California
Have not seen them
in 3years, excited 🤓

Everyone have a Great
Day⚘ Smile at someone
it could change there bad day into a better

See you later 🤖
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daleuhlmann Jack 11 months ago
A little trivia: Holt was the father of actor Tim Holt, who was best known for his role in THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE.
Jack daleuhlmann 11 months ago
?!?! Tim Holt had such a boyish face—at least in _Treasure_.
daleuhlmann Jack 11 months ago
I agree, Jack. Tim no doubt favored his mother.

daDoctah daleuhlmann 11 months ago
Tim Holt was the co-star of 1949's THE STAGECOACH KID opposite actress Jeff Donnell (yes, a girl named Jeff, and she's in drag for most of the picture). Donnell, in turn, had starred opposite Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff in THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU (note legitimate horror movie connection, if you please), and later, in television, played the wife of George Gobel, the aunt of Spider Man, the mother-in-law of Sally Field (on "The Girl With Something Extra"), the neighbor of Gomez and Morticia Addams, and in two movies, the mother of Gidget.
Catbat 11 months ago
For our family in the path of Dorian, Please be safe. We'll hope for the best. Sending good vibes. Hope it moves fast.
dh Catbat 11 months ago
Enjoying my air conditioning while I can. Also cleaning out the fridge/ freezer- use it or lose it! I guess we are going to stay because there is...
daleuhlmann 11 months ago
Here is an original poster for tomorrow night's movie. Despite the poster's claims about the creature being from the prehistoric past, the movie's Big Bird is NOT Kerwyn's long-lost girlfriend!!
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daleuhlmann DrClayton 11 months ago
What a highly educational blog this is.
Jack daleuhlmann 11 months ago
Ain’t it, tho’?!
dh Jack 11 months ago
ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny?
DavidH dh 11 months ago
Ernst Haeckel promoted the pre-Darwinian notion that life formed a series of successively higher forms, with embryos of higher forms "recapitulating" the lower ones. He called it "the Biogenetic Law" and defined it with the catchy motto: "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny." Haeckel's support of the Lamarckian notion that evolution had a built-in direction towards "higher" forms, has been pretty much abandoned.
Lucyc 11 months ago
Good morning, gang. Hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday.
I have been watching a lot of old scifi/horror stuff over the past few months, along with the regular Saturday night Sven viewing. I recently was able to see the movie, Die, Monster, Die. I thought it was pretty good. Others I have watched have been The Crimson Cult, Riders to the Stars, The Time Barrier, and Gog. Another one that I have only heard of over the past couple of years is called Night Tide. Thought billed as a horror movie, I found that it really didn't fit into any one category. Though it certainly was creepy, it had limited scares. It was described as being similar to Carnival of Souls, and that is a good comparison, as the setting is very much the same. It set up situations that, even though they were given a logical, rational explanation, still had occurrences that did not fit the rational explanation. It starred Dennis Hopper, playing an unusual part-a sweet, kind, timid young man.
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daDoctah Jack 11 months ago
Fun fact about Telstar and the Tornadoes: it was the second British act to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, before the Beatles.

The first was Mr Acker Bilk with "Stranger on the Shore".
Jack Carl_N_Brown 11 months ago
What kind of lamp would a thinking person hold under their chin while telling a spooky story?
Jack daDoctah 11 months ago
I remember Acker Bilk from the promotional blurbs on ATCO record sleeves!

Another fun fact about the Tornados: No one has ever claimed that bassist Heinz Burt was not a space alien!
daleuhlmann Carl_N_Brown 11 months ago
I agree, Carl.
abc123 11 months ago
To all our Florida fans, stay safe!
WILLOUGHBY 11 months ago
All you trolls will love this one. This is not a promo for the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, August 25 thru Sept 3. It’s the menu for THE GIANT CLAW! And while expecting Hurricane Dorian to strike Florida, JournalJeff2 and I will be keeping a watchful eye on the sky, for the Big Birdcast coming this Saturday.
Lucyc WILLOUGHBY 11 months ago
Hey, Willoughby. Well, it sounds like The Giant Claw will either get a hot foot, heartburn-or both if it invades the famed festival.
Jack WILLOUGHBY 11 months ago
Menu?! Like food?! Argh! Delete! Delete! Delete!
Catbat WILLOUGHBY 11 months ago
Catbats can out maneuver Giant Claws. We can run like ninjas. Faster than bullets!
JournalJeff2 11 months ago
Happy Friday! (finally)
I am watching out for the Giant Claw!
Do you think a hurricane would ground that Giant Claw?
Speaking of hurricanes, I am sending out my best wishes to everybody in Dorian`s path!
Have a Great Day & Take Care!
Carl_N_Brown JournalJeff2 11 months ago
The Giant Claw might be safe inside her anti-matter shield, but wind gusting to 130 mph is wind gusting to 215 km/h.
Carl_N_Brown Carl_N_Brown 11 months ago
Imaging being in a hurricane in one of those downhill zorbing balls.
Catbat 11 months ago
Happy Svengoolie Saturday Eve Morning All!
DrClayton Catbat 11 months ago
Shouldn't you be slingin' scrod somewhere??
daleuhlmann Catbat 11 months ago
Yes, happy Svengoolie Saturday Eve to all. Fingers (and toes) crossed for our bloggers in the way of Hurricane Dorian.
Jack DrClayton 11 months ago
That’s the first time I’ve heard it in the progressive perfect!
Catbat 11 months ago
Hey Geo my magnet has been ordered! Thanks 😊 Wonder if I can ger two? What the heck, I'll try.
Geo Catbat 11 months ago
I would just send in again or maybe have a friend get you a second one.
The1Butler 11 months ago
Dr Claw
Catbat The1Butler 11 months ago
But do you have a license?
The1Butler Catbat 11 months ago
Of course, Not ! Ha
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