We have a science fiction story for you tonight on MeTV, in a film new to our show! It’s the tale of a scientist and everything he has to go through- literally- when he gains the power to pass through solid objects by becoming the “4-D Man”!
We watch an earnest young scientist, Tony Nelson ( no, not the “I Dream of Jeannie” major) who has made a brilliant discovery- and also a careless mistake, which results in the building housing his lab at a major university to burn down! Not surprisingly, he is fired for the fire, and heads out to find his brother Scott, who is also a scientist, in hopes of getting some help.
Scott has his own problems- he’s working for an egotistical employer who takes credit for all his employees work. Their latest discovery is a metal so dense, nothing can penetrate it- a material that boss man Carson modestly name after himself- Cargonite!
Brother Tony meets with Scott and the lovely object of his affection, co-worker Linda- and after some sibling sparring, Tony gets a job with the company- shown around by another co-worker, a scheming guy named Parker who wants upward mobility, but lacks the necessary talent to achieve it. Meanwhile, Tony reveals his amazing accomplishment to Scott and Linda-he has devised an amplifier that allows one solid object to pass through another!
Tony manages to achieve something- he falls for Linda- who also feels the attraction. Scott discovers that they are now a couple- and breaks into Tony’s work locker, sets up his experimental equipment, and then- accidentally- succeeds in pulling off passing through a solid object – almost with tragic results!
The sneaky Parker lifts some of Tony’s papers, and tries to pass them off to Carson as his own work, in hopes of getting his own lab- while Scott demonstrates to Tony that he has made the amplifier work and it allows him to pass through a plate of metal. There’s just one catch- the amplifier isn’t on when Scott performs the act- so his exposure has somehow given him the power to go “4-D”!
Scott can now pass through objects at will- but it begins to take a horrible toll on his body. He then stumbles on a way to restore himself- but at a terrible price. He also uses his new power to commit a crime- that has police baffled. Tony, however, realizes from the evidence that he knows all too well how the crime was committed- and by who! Scott, meanwhile, is using his new 4-D power to get everything he’s ever wanted- including revenge- and Tony, Linda, and the authorities are facing the task of stopping a man who is basically unstoppable!
This 1959 color feature, with a jazzy soundtrack reminiscent of that of the “Peter Gunn” show, stars Robert Lansing, James Congdon, and a very young Lee Meriwether, along with a young actress who would reach greater fame in movies and TV. We’ve added some Sven shtick into the mix, including one very obvious merchandise idea!
“4-D Man” comes through your TV screen tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, and, if you are unsure of the time and channel where you are- check your local listings or at www.metv.com. Our show continues to trend nationally at the top of the trending topics on Twitter during the show, thanks to the fans live-Tweeting using the hashtag #svengoolie - and MeTV encourages you to join in! On the local Chicago side, “It Came from Beneath the Sea” resurfaces at 11 am on our sister station, WCIU.
Next weekend, we’ll be at the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention – I’ll be signing on Friday from 4:15-5:15 at autograph table 42 (we will have t shirts and posters available during our signings) and at the same table on Saturday from noon to 1:30 pm. Due to the usual high number of fans, we can only sign one item per person. Later that afternoon, I’ll be doing a live event on-stage on the main floor, “Svengoolie 40th Anniversary Fun Live!” at 4: 30 pm! There will even be the chance for a few fans to get involved there. More appearances are coming up soon- we’ll post it all under the “appearances” tab on this site.
You have until midnight April 20 to send in your ballot for this year’s Rondo Awards for horror and science fiction- you’ll find the ballot and all the voting information ( make sure you follow all the rules, if you want your vote to count!) at www.rondoaward.com . I’m again nominated in category 21-“favorite horror host”. You’ll see a wide number of choices of various hosts, so- vote for whichever one is truly your favorite. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you like, and remember- it really is the FANS who decide who wins!
Join us tonight for creepy sci fi danger with a capital D - actually, with 4-D! ( No glasses necessary).