Saturday night on MeTV- Nina Foch, having survived playing a victim of the “Return of the Vampire” last week- moves up to the starring role –that of a different supernatural creature- out to protect her family’s secrets in the 1944 chiller “Cry of the Werewolf”!
We take you to a museum of the supernatural, located in an old New Orleans mansion- as we join a tour group being lectured on the various exhibits of vampirism, voodoo, and lycanthropy. The last is especially noted because the building was previously the home of Marie La Tour- a woman reputed to be a werewolf- who killed her husband in the mansion, then fled- never to be seen again! The museum is run by Dr. Charles Morris, whose research has uncovered amazing facts about the house and the La Tour family, which he plans to reveal to the world in a manuscript. He has called his son Bob to come home from Europe, so he can tell him about what he has discovered before he tells the rest of the world. He sends winsome assistant Ilsa to meet Bob’s plane- leaving him to do some final investigation.
However, the museum ‘s janitor- Jahn- has gotten wind of the doctor’s plans, and heads out to meet with the leader of his gypsies to sound the alarm. The beautiful head of the clan- Princess Celeste- takes matters into her own hands (or, maybe paws)- and visits the museum – with dire consequences!
Bob comes home to discover his father’s fate- and he and Ilsa find the doctor’s revelatory manuscript charred in the fireplace! They know he wouldn’t have burned it- and set out to try to restore the ashen document. They enlist the “help” of some local police who think they know it all, and jump to the conclusion that Ilsa is their main suspect! Even though their own specialist is saying that they should be looking for some kind of animal- these “Barney Fifes” refuse to even consider werewolves as culprits- while Bob, finding connections to the old country ( where, coincidentally, both Ilsa and Jahn are revealed to have come from)- pursues the truth- and ends up attracting the attention of Princess Celeste- who is actually the daughter of Marie La Tour- who hatches an evil scheme to keep her family secrets from the world!
This film was, in its original concept, going to be a sequel to “Return of the Vampire”- but, obviously, switched from that to the werewolf idea- most likely to take advantage of the success of the movie “The Cat People”. An interesting feature of this film is that the form of the werewolf, in this case, is an actual wolf, not the more humanoid type like the Larry Talbot version. We’ll introduce you to the cast, get warmed up for our annual visit to Elgin’s “Nightmare on Chicago Street” with a couple segments highlighting last year’s festivities, promote a way to trace your werewolf ancestry, bring you a new song, and – invite you to again play our drawing game –“Too Drawn Out”!
"Cry of the Werewolf” will be heard (and seen!) on Me-TV tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central- and please feel free to check your local listings or at www.metv.com for channel and time in your area. You can join the many Sven fans who live-Tweet on Twitter during the show, using the hashtag #svengoolie . For Chicago viewers who want one more look at “Return of the Vampire” – it airs again this morning on WCIU, the U, at 11 am.
Our Halloween season tour continues this afternoon, as we visit Chicago’s famous Halloween headquarters, Fantasy Costumes, on Milwaukee avenue from 2 to 4 pm. Please get there early- we HAVE to end our signing at 4, since we will then head to Valparaiso, to the already sold –out ( sorry) Chicago Street Theatre event! And- you can hear me late night tonight with my friend Dave Plier on WGN radio (720 AM)- sometime after 2 am! Make sure you touch base with the “appearances” tab here on our site- lots of appearances, both in person and in media, still coming up.
Check your news stand for Mad Magazine #4 , featuring the big Svengoolie satire! We’ve heard it won’t be out ‘til next week in most comic book shops, while it is already out in other stores. And- PLEASE order the limited edition MeTV Sven costume shirt-that looks just like my outfit- NOW if you want to get it in time for Halloween! Don’t get shut out!
See you tonight on MeTV- where you will believe a woman can cry- as a werewolf!
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