Since we are less than a week away from Christmas- we will, as we usually try to, keep things a little lighter- so, tonight on MeTV-we're bringing you a present that, once it's unwrapped- can't be seen! You guessed it- it's the "Invisible Woman"!
Our story does have some similarity to current situations and the Christmas season- poor Kitty Carroll, a department store model, finds herself unemployed- thanks to her malevolent and tyrannical Scrooge of a boss, Mr. Growley, who has been mistreating her and her co-workers. Desperate for a new way to earn a living, she answers an ad placed by crackpot inventor Professor Gibbs- whose work is funded by ne'er-do-well playboy Dick Russell, whose misdeeds are dwindling his millions rapidly.
As screwy as he seems, the Professor actually knows his stuff- well enough to have invented a machine that will render people invisible! At this point, all he needs is a human subject to test it out on- hence his want ad that has drawn Kitty to his lab.
Kitty feels she has nothing to lose ( except visibility, perhaps?!) and agrees to undergo the experiment. The end result is- the miss is still there, but ends up missing from view- so, the experiment works! Naturally, the first thing on Kitty's mind is getting back at her nasty former boss, as revenge for herself and her model sisterhood- but things get complicated when the nearly-destitute playboy Russell finds the invisible lass intriguing; and by a deported mobster, Blackie, who learns about the Professor's machine, and realizes that he could use it to become invisible and return to America! He sends his half-witted henchmen to steal it-but when the thugs bring him the machine at his Mexican hideout, they can't get it to work. Then, Kitty shows up there- literally -as she suddenly becomes visible again for the moment- leading to a see-through showdown!
This 1940 film is a definitely more light-hearted than some of the other entries in the Universal "Invisible" series ( Hint: you may see a couple of those early in the new year on our show)! The cast in this one includes many familiar favorites, like charming Virginia Bruce as the woman herself, Kitty, and running the gamut from Margaret Hamilton and John Barrymore (of all people!)- to Charlie Ruggles and even 3rd Stooge Shemp Howard! We’ll tell you about the actors, and- bring you the usual Sven shtick along with a seasonal visit from a tree salesman, and our original chat with Vincent Price's daughter Victoria- and, if you watch the program carefully, you may just see a quick cameo by one of our MeTV stars!
“Invisible Woman” can be seen ( ironic, isn’t it?) tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central, or check your local listings-or at www.metv.com for channel and time where you watch. You can live-Tweet with the show on Twitter with all the fans who do so every Saturday night- just use the hashtag #svengoolie .Chicago area viewers get another look at Bela Lugosi in “Return of the Vampire” at 11 am on our main local station, CW26 .
Just a note of appreciation to everyone who has been shopping in our store ( yes, I have one) – you can still order items as gifts, but, since delivery by Christmas is not possible at this point- you can be creative- create your own coupon to present to the future recipient of the item, redeemable once it arrives!
Warmest holiday wishes to all of you- we know it’s been a difficult year, and many of us will not be able to enjoy the season with those who mean the most to us. But- especially now, more than ever, we should make the effort to spread goodwill towards ALL our fellow men (and women-even the invisible ones!)- and keep hope and charity in our hearts. Better times WILL be coming- hopefully soon, so keep your spirits up. As for me, as I always say- all of you have given me the best gift- your love and support- for which I am honored and grateful.
Please tune in tonight-because, though she may not be Mrs. Claus- we think the Invisible Woman will definitely brighten your holiday season tonight!