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Though this time of year, people are often concerned about finding the perfect Fraiser fir- tonight on MeTV we fulfill ( not fill full the stockings) the requests of many viewers who have asked that we give an encore to the origin story of a monster with a different sort of fur- whose repeated appearances in various movies during the Universal classic monsters cycle were always played by the same actor- Lon Chaney Jr. We see where the story of the tortured Larry Talbot begins-and learn how he became cursed to transform, during every full moon, into-  the “ Wolf Man”!

Things start out in a sort of melancholy, sweet way- young Lawrence is returning to the ancestral Talbot home in England, to mourn the passing of his brother and reconcile with his father. He joins his dad, an amateur astronomer, in working on a new telescope he has ordered. In what seems pretty creepy, even for back in those days, Larry plays peeping tom when he spots an attractive young woman in an apartment window in town- and is smitten enough to try and find her. He succeeds, and encounters the lovely Gwen working in her father’s shop below the apartment where he had glimpsed her. The smart shop girl seems to be unimpressed by this stranger- especially after learning that he was spying on her! Not one to give up easily, Larry persists and makes a purchase- a walking stick with a heavy silver handle- shaped like a savage wolf. Spotting a caravan of gypsies, he does his best to persuade Gwen to go out with him that evening to enjoy the visitors’ entertainment- but the clever young woman invites her girlfriend Jenny along, much to Larry’s surprise and disappointment!

They visit the camp where the travelling group of gypsies has set up shop to entertain the townsfolk. Things change from the carefree happy mood when the friends decide to partake in the gypsy custom of having their fortunes told. While Larry and Gwen wander off , young Jenny goes first- only to have the fortune teller, Bela (played by a real-life Bela- Bela Lugosi!), see the sign of the fateful pentagram on her hand. He abruptly ends the session, shouting at her to leave at once- and the frightened Jenny flees, running blindly out onto the moors. Shortly after, Larry and Gwen hear her shocking shrieks! Larry runs towards the cries, only to see a huge wolf attacking the helpless girl! Using his silver-handled walking stick he beats the wolf to death, while getting bitten during his failed attempt to save Jenny’s life. The local authorities come to investigate – and, upon finding the body of the attacker- they discover it is no beast at all, but-a man! Though Larry insists that he knows what he killed was a wolf- not a man- no one is convinced he is telling the truth.

Larry returns to the gypsy camp- where he meets the wise old gypsy Maleva- who reveals the shocking truth to him- that the "wolf" he killed was her son Bela- who had transformed into a werewolf! When she hears that Larry was bitten by Bela, she warns him that now he too will become a wolf when the full moon rises! She instructs him on the werewolf lore-  delivering the oft-quoted rhyme that forebodes Larry’s fate- and cautions him that he will see the sign of the pentagram in the hand of his victims- and that, even with the tokens of protection she can provide to him, he will be unable to escape this awful supernatural curse. Larry sadly discovers that she speaks the truth. As the story spreads, the townspeople all think he has killed a man- and treat him like a pariah. His father begins to worry that he’s having psychological problems, and tries his best to get him help and protect the son with whom he has only recently made peace.

The locals set traps for a wolf- but with the full moon coming again, Larry Talbot must convince his father of the horrible truth- and get his help in keeping the Wolf Man from going on the prowl and killing again!

The Larry Talbot character went on to appear in four additional Universal films after his 1941 debut and, in later films, seemed at times to over-do his whining about wanting to die- but always stayed true to the character. We’ll talk about the cast members like Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, the afore-mentioned Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskya, and Ralph Bellamy, among others. We'll deliver a musical number, as usual- and we have a couple special segments  with parts of the live on stage “40 Years as Svengoolie” interview we did at this year’s Flashback Weekend horror convention with our friend Nick Digilio of WGN radio!

"Wolf Man" is on tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, check for channel and time in your local listings or at www.metv.com - please remember for those of you setting a dvr for recording- once again, check what your provider is listing our program as- either the movie name or “Svengoolie”. MeTV invites you, as always, to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter- and use the hashtag #svengoolie. Once again last week, we were among the top subjects trending nationally!   Our Chicago area viewers can get a second look at Hammer’s “Two Faces of Doctor Jekyll" at 11 am on the U.

Tonight- once again- even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night- can enjoy the original classic that gave Lon Chaney Jr. some “bite”! And- we wish all of our viewers happy holidays!

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Lynn 27 days ago
I found myself wondering late last night if there was some point at which Larry Talbot might have avoided this whole mess. Poor Bela became a werewolf, so it seems lycanthropy isn't dictated by class. What if Larry had stayed in California? What if he had trained his father's telescope on squirrels in the forest instead of on a lovely shop girl? What if Larry had bought the cane with the dog's head? Nope, it all gets back to inevitability again. Nothing more or less than a supernatural curse. "Even a man who is pure of heart...". I suppose that I've always known that lack of control is a key element of horror, but I've been noticing it a little differently lately.
StephanieStepStone Lynn 27 days ago
Whose control? Yours, or someone/ something else's?
- Steph
Berwyn1979 Lynn 27 days ago
Interesting very interesting. Never thought of it like that.
DrClayton Lynn 27 days ago
What is it about the bite, anyway? A virus? Something in the saliva? I mean, if Larry [or some other werewolf...], bit a squirrel, would the squirrel become a werewolf?
DrClayton Lynn 27 days ago
And who bit Bela, anyway?? Another eternal question, along with "Who does Number Two work for?!?"
Jack Lynn 27 days ago
That’s the way a lot of stories/movies are. After seeing _Star Wars:
The Rise of Skywalker_ I realized there were a lot of places in the _Star Wars_ saga that Dorothy could’ve gone back to Kansas.
PatS DrClayton 27 days ago
There's a contemporary Werewolf movie that reveals who bit Bela, and also how Larry's older brother died. I won't spoil it here, but you can find it on Imdb.
daleuhlmann 27 days ago
Close to 60 degrees again today in Ohio. We have definitely not gotten a visit from this fellow lately.
daleuhlmann daleuhlmann 27 days ago
Voiced by the late, great Dick Shawn.
UncleFestivus 27 days ago
Iconic original Radio Shock jock
Don Imus of “Imus in the Morning” has passed at 79, Besides doing his radio show for over 40 years, he raised 10’s of millions in helping children with cancer and other diseases at his ranch in New Mexico. You were as ornery as a cornered rattlesnake but you had a heart of Gold. Godspeed
Imus got his start in Cleveland in the late 1960s, at WGAR, FM.
SOBX daleuhlmann 27 days ago
RIP I-MAN.
daleuhlmann SOBX 27 days ago
Absolutely!
Jack UncleFestivus 27 days ago
Imus died at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in College Station, Texas, about five miles from the Cushing Library at Texas A&M, toured during the BigBlogCast III. Truth is stranger than fiction!
StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
Jack, Daddy loved Bob Wills so much.
He and his brothers, in the 1940s and 1950s, used to get whiskied up and go to dances in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, and all the little towns in between. They lived not far from Beeville.
He insisted on us playing
'San Antonio Rose' at his funeral, and so we did.
-Steph
George Strait can channel Tommy Duncan just fine-
but this is the real Tommy Duncan.
- Steph

PatS StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
Awwwwh - hawhhh!
Jack StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
I don’t know what prompted your recollection, but I’m glad it did.
StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
Catching up from 4 days ago. We saw 'Festus' at the local travelling Rodeo when I was 11 or 12.
He tried to do a Comedy act. Not sure if he was the one who also sang.
- Steph
DrClayton 27 days ago
Something was up....I could feel it, but I couldn't quite fathom it. Then it hit me: It's Sven eve!
Berwyn1979 27 days ago
Hey gang, Sven movie update according to the guide on my TV. The first movie spend will show in the new decade is IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE! Now, this is my TV, not the best source but a source it is. PEACE AND LOVE! P.S I might not see the movie Saturday, my family is coming over to watch football, but I will try to stay on top of things.
Catbat Berwyn1979 27 days ago
No Spoilers Please. We like to wait till the end of the show. And the Newsletter. Thanks 😊
Berwyn1979 Catbat 27 days ago
OK. Thanks. I'm still new here and learning slowly as I go along. Thanks Catbat.
Yeah, please wait for the newsletter. But this posting had to wait til I finished clapping and yelling with glee.
Wouldn't we have found out tomorrow night, or would Koz have made us wait for the newsletter?
- Steph
Catbat Catbat 27 days ago
No worries 😊 Remember the Westies too! 3hr delay 👍
Carl_N_Brown Catbat 27 days ago
I have been known to sneak peek ahead on the MeTV schedule, but have learned to wait for the big reveal in the newsletter.
Berwyn1979 Carl_N_Brown 27 days ago
I haven't learned that until today. Please teach this young grasshopper the ways of the Sven blog.
MadameYes Berwyn1979 27 days ago
Zoiks, that's a new one for me, too! I'll have to add that to my list of newbie rules since I'm still learning, too. Good to know!
StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
Llanwelly Village sounds awfully Welsh.
Steph
The setting was indeed Whales.
Jack StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
Only if you say it right.

I couldn’t find a Llanwelly in Wales. There is a Llanelly (spelled Llanelli these days). It’s smallish—population under 4000 in 2011. However, it’s not exactly near Cardiff like the village in _The Wolfman_, being 53 miles distant.

There is a Llanwellyn in Pennsylvania, but it seems to be named after the once popular poem, “Maid of Llanwellyn” by the Scottish poet, Joanna Baillie. I don’t think she ever traveled to Wales, having lived in Scotland and London.

I was able to locate a _Llan wellyn ddu uchaf_ on an 1842 map of Builth parish in Wales, but it is the designation of an arable field in farm in that parish. _Llan wellyn ddu uchaf_ translates roughly as “upper black pool field."
StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
I kept getting
Larry Talbot confused with
Larry the Train Guy.
- Steph
I ain’t touching that one.
PatS StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
Um, well, they're both tall... Further deponent sayeth not.
Jack StephanieStepStone 27 days ago
One Larry sometimes has a mustache. The other doesn’t.
Catbat 27 days ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Afternoon All!
MADave Catbat 27 days ago
Hi Catbat
Catbat MADave 27 days ago
Hi 🙋ya. So glad you are having a good time 😊
Berwyn1979 Catbat 27 days ago
I'm having a groovy time!
MADave 27 days ago
We are now in upstate New Hampshire at my sister's for our second Christmas celebration I don't think I'll be blogging tomorrow night but maybe I'll pop in from time to time we'll see? Have a wonderful holiday weekend
JournalJeff2 27 days ago
I am suddenly thinking about New York, I wonder why?
Jack JournalJeff2 27 days ago
Mebbe it’s that subway smell?
MachineryPete10 27 days ago
since my beloved Major passed about a year ago after bring me 14 years of loyalty and love, the grandkids put this guy under the tree for me this year. Baron will be watching The Beast from 20k fathoms with me this Saturday night to start him on becoming a true blue SvenDog.
The pup is so cute Pete, in fact a family member offered me a German Shepard puppy on Christmas eve, I’m still sitting on a fence with that decision, but I did get this Beast 🎢🦕of a mug from a very dear to me person in my life, I will use it this Sven Saturday with a little adult beverage.
MADave MachineryPete10 27 days ago
He's sooo cute
daleuhlmann 28 days ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve, group!
I thought it would be fun to post some more interesting WOLF MAN stories before we say goodbye this weekend to Llanwelly Village and Talbot Castle. According to Lugosiphile Richard Bojarski, Universal had originally considered Bela for the lead role. Furthermore, according to the book UNIVERSAL HORRORS, the actor had actively lobbied for the part. However, once Curt Siodmak's screenplay started developing the Lawrence Talbot character, it immediately became apparent how unsuitable Bela was for the part ("Too old and too Hungarian," opined the U H authors), so he was awarded the secondary role of Bela the gypsy.

Also, here's a video that provides some intriguing background information about the movie's famous missing scene in which Larry wrestles a bear at the gypsy camp. The video offers various explanations for its loss. The most likely one, IMO, is the one offered by U H, that preview audiences objected to how brutal Larry seemed in that sequence, so the studio decided to delete the entire footage from the release print.
PatS daleuhlmann 27 days ago
I'd heard that the scene didn't add much -- except for the idea that Larry *already* had a bunch of hostility and pent-up anger in him, ready to be released. Also the alternate theory than his transformation to werewolf was all in his mind -- forget that folklore mumbo-jumbo -- only his own perception. As the movie stands, Larry comes across as cheerful, flirtacious, polite, later depressed and wimpy, but any anger invisible or repressed. His issues with Sir John are kind of glossed over. The Bear Scene would have touched off a whole different feeling. (IMO)
I think it's like the Jitterbug sequence deleted from WIZARD OF OZ an unnecessary distraction.
daleuhlmann PatS 27 days ago
I agree with you, Pat.
Good comparison, Carl.
My sister was "A Girl" in her High School production of "Wizard."
The Jitterbug segment did well on stage, but I could see where it didn't fit very well into the movie version.
(Sis was Gladys McGlone in LHS "The Unskinkable Molly Brown."
- Steph
MachineryPete10 28 days ago
Lick 👅 Lick 👅 Lick Mmmm? NUT-IN
PatS MachineryPete10 27 days ago
Looks like the measles epidemic got 'em!
Catbat PatS 27 days ago
Haha! 😂😂😂😂
Jack 28 days ago
PatS Jack 27 days ago
I guess the only proper response is "AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!" (Does that mean Evelyn Ankers is a latke?) Thanks for a Hanukkah treat!
Catbat 28 days ago
TRA La La La La
Islander Catbat 28 days ago
My, someone is in good mood. Did you get a new Bat Girl alarm clock for Christmas ?
TheKodakKid Islander 27 days ago
I think this is what she found under her tree Christmas morning.

Catbat TheKodakKid 27 days ago
Don't I wish 🦇
daleuhlmann 28 days ago
It's easy to guess what was on Dracula's Christmas wish list for Santa.
MADave 28 days ago
Good day today for me I am going to cash in my $1000.00 winning scratch ticket it'll be going on the bank hopefully I can use it BBC next year if I can get the weekend off
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Catbat MADave 28 days ago
Congrats MADave! Most definitely bank it for TBB5!Can't wait to see you there ❤️
MADave Catbat 28 days ago
Catbat as I told Pat blogcast is up in the air for now but hopefully will be definite by next August
Catbat MADave 28 days ago
I hope so
TheKodakKid MADave 28 days ago
Just don’t forget to include it on your Income Tax Form. You know how picky those folks who work for the IRS are.
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