Tonight on MeTV- we bring you another vintage Sven show that features the original premiere of the fun song created for us by ‘60s rock and roll icon, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon-and another trip onto the “Inner Sanctum” with Lon Chaney Jr. as a radio psychic who feels guilty that his mental powers can cause murder-and leads to him trying to find solace in an eerie wax museum- in the chilling tale of the "Frozen Ghost"!
After the traditional floating head in a glass globe welcomes us to the Inner Sanctum, we become part of the live audience for a radio show featuring "Gregor the Great"- a mentalist with amazing mind-reading skills. He stuns the audience with his psychic power – that is, all except a drunken heckler that he decides to make an example of- but his anger results in a tragic event. Alex Gregor, feeling it is all the fault of his mental power, decides to cut himself off from the world-give up his career- and even his engagement to his pretty assistant!
In an attempt to get George back to living his life, his agent finds a new job for him, unrelated to any mental magic- as a researcher and lecturer at an old friend's wax museum. Madame Valerie Monet, in charge of the establishment, feels Alex will benefit the museum, and make life easier for herself and her young niece Nina-but, the museum's talent sculptor of its statues, Rudi, is adverse to this new crew member invading his territory- and very possibly becoming his rival for the attentions of Nina. Rudi had a tarnished past-he was an esteemed plastic surgeon who had a horrible mishap, resulting in his banishment from the medical profession- leading to his entrance to sculpting wax works of art. He has found a safe place in the museum- but now feels threatened by the addition of Alex.
Alex, meanwhile, takes to his new job with enthusiasm- and, honestly, has no romantic interest in Nina -while Madame Monet, who DOES have interest in Alex, is prodded by the scheming Rudi into a jealous rage, and confronts Alex- having a sort of "Incredible Hulk" effect, angering him to the point of possibly sparking his mental powers again. He stalks off into the night- returning to the museum the next day to the news that Madame Monet has disappeared! A police inspector arrives at the museum and questions the staff- leading to him suspecting that Alex is a key to the lady's disappearance-since he would seem to be the last person to see her alive. Could he have caused the missing person's life to disappear as well?
Many schemes seem to be hatching in the creepy wax museum, which includes several clues to what has happened- as the displays hold sinister secrets- and may be an exhibition for devious acts!
This 1945 entry in the “Inner Sanctum” series (based on a popular radio show of the golden age of radio) like the others in the series, stars Lon Chaney Jr-this time as Alex “Gregor the Great”- with his fiancee/assistant played by Universal contract player Evelyn Ankers- plus the unctuously threatening Martin Kosleck as the sculptor. Other familiar faces appear and we'll fill you in on them- bring you another edition of the Sven drawing game “Too Drawn Out”; and show you a real-life wax museum that features impressive presentations of several classic movie monsters (run by the great-nephew of a man who portrayed one!); plus a twin spin- two musical numbers- our usual one with Doug, and- we bring back the original premiere version of the “Svengoolie Stomp”-the song written about yours truly and performed by 1960s rock and roll icon Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, complete with its array of celebrity cameos ( except for one- which we’ll explain and show in the mail segment)! We’ll also take a few moments to talk about his great career and timeless hits like “Palisades Park”, “Where the Action Is” and “Tallahassee Lassie”!
"Frozen Ghost" haunts the MeTV airwaves tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time, and please check for channel and time in other areas at www.metv.com or in your local TV listings. Viewers will be live-Tweeting on Twitter during the show, as usual- and most likely have us trending high among the most-Tweeted about topics- so, feel free to join in, and make sure to add the hashtag #svengoolie .Our Chicago area viewers will get another look at “King Kong Escapes” on CW26, our main local station, at 11 am.
Have you seen the Sven baseball cap now in our store? It has become one of our top sellers in just a little over a week! Please check it out- as we’ve said, it makes a great Father’s Day gift!
We hope you have an enjoyable holiday weekend, and will join us tonight for “Inner Sanctum” mystery, the “Svengoolie Stomp” and much more!