You'll Shrink from the Sight of "Dr. Cyclops"- Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- we bring back a favorite ground-breaking classic, which truly established a certain type of special effects -as members of a scientific expedition  try to assist a famed scientist- only to have him lash out at them by using an astonishing process that makes them shrink- leaving them at the mercy of the near-sighted nastiness of the man they call "Dr. Cyclops"!

We join a group of learned travelers, who set off on a journey to the Peruvian jungle. They have been requested to assist a reclusive scientific genius, Dr. Thorkel with a project he is working on. The expedition is made up of pretty biologist Mary, one Dr. Bullfinch, a rather stuffy academic who possesses great knowledge, and a last minute replacement for someone who bowed out of the assignment, mineralogist Bill Stockton. They travel to the remote compound of Thorkel, far from civilization, starting the last leg of the journey lead by the suspicious Baker who’s worried his mules may not be treated well by the city-folk renting them- so, he’s coming along.

Their arrival at the compound, found deep in the jungle, is preceded by Thorkel's servant Pedro, notifying the extremely near-sighted scientist that his requested visitors have arrived. We learn that the brilliant bald fellow has poor eyesight, and is wearing what we used to refer to as "Coke bottle glasses". Due to his deteriorating vision, Thorkel cannot even see clearly what’s in his microscope, which is why he has invited the visitors -to help identify a certain microscopic structure for him. They do- and, rather brusquely, he thanks them and tells them they should leave immediately!

Bullfinch and the group are insulted  and outraged to be so forcefully dismissed- they have come so far, barely been in the compound, and are almost immediately sent away?! They demand to remain a while longer, wondering just what Thorkel’s mysterious project, which he refuses to divulge, might be. Quite by accident, they discover some radioactive material, leading the group to sneak into Thorkel’s private laboratory for further investigation. They are caught in the act by the bespectacled genius, who flies into a rage! He seems to calm down after his initial fury, and willingly begins to explain a unique piece of equipment he has invented. Catching the party unaware, he traps them in a chamber with his device, which transform our friends- and even his own assistant- to incredibly small size!

The tiny folk must now endeavor to escape from and battle the fiendish Thorkel- and also, just as "the Incredible Shrinking Man" did, face the dangers of the normal-sized world that now tower over them. Things that pose no threat to a typical full sized human now become deadly menaces! They must avoid the heartless Thorkel's clutches- while trying to find a way back to normal size!

This 1940 film, shot in early Technicolor, comes to us from “King Kong” director  Ernest Schoedstack. Though , by now, we've seen the same type of shrinking effects  and over-sized props many times, this film was pretty much a ground-breaking first for many of them. We'll introduce you to the cast, and bring you some Sven shtick, along with new interviews with some of our friends associated with various movies- including the lovely Felissa Rose of “Sleepaway Camp” fame, and one of the originators of the original “Night of the Living Dead”!

 "Dr. Cyclops" airs on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time- and , if you're not sure when it airs or on what channel where you are, please check your local listings , or at . MeTV encourages you to join in with the fans live-Tweeting using the hashtag #svengoolie during the show. Our show continues to appear in the top trending topics on Twitter  nationally!  In the Chicago area, viewers can get one more look at the astonishing “4-D Man”  at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

Today, we’ll be appearing for a second day  at the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place – signing from noon to 1:30 pm  at table 42  with t shirts and posters available ONLY during our signing. Due to the usual high number of fans, we can only sign one item per person. Again- we always have to cut the line to end on time, so PLEASE get in line early! Throughout the afternoon, we’ll be on the main floor, shooting segments for our show- and , at 4:30 pm, I’ll be appearing on the Live! main floor stage- for “Svengoolie 40th Anniversary Fun  Live!” There’s the chance that a few fans will be able to get involved. If you can’t make it, don’t worry-more appearances are coming up very soon- we’ll post the info under the “appearances” tab on this site.

To clarify for those who’ve been asking- you’ll find the Rondo awards ballot and all the voting information (make sure you follow all the rules, if you want your vote to count!) at  . I’m again nominated in category 21-“favorite horror host”, with various honored hosts also in contention. Vote for whoever is truly your favorite, before the deadline of midnight  April 20th. Vote in as many or as few categories as you like, but please VOTE – make the fans voices be heard!

Get set for a little terror ( and we do mean little!) from a BIG menace tonight on MeTV- eyewear optional!

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aglick1 19 months ago
Always enjoy your show including the informative notes on cast members and production of the movies. But I was surprised that during your presentation of Dr Cyclops you didn't mention cast member Frank Reicher who is well-known as Captain Engelhorn from King Kong. Another interesting tie-in with Kong was that Dr Cyclops was directed by Kong co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack. Keep up the great work.
Alan Glick
Raycav00 19 months ago
Journal Jeff ???????
Ravenwoman Raycav00 19 months ago
LOL! I hope so, I like the man!
CloudRains 19 months ago
Hey Svengoolians, NPR has a cool article about Milicent Patrick, who designed the Gill-Man
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The1Butler CloudRains 19 months ago
We will be your temp family
daleuhlmann CloudRains 19 months ago
Glad to hear it, Cloud! l've always liked your blog name.
PatS CloudRains 19 months ago
Good to hear from you. Glad to hear you're a survivor -- though it sounds like a painful time. Compared to dodging the smokers and bums in downtown Chicago, a tiny town in VA sounds pretty nice. Must be quite a transition. Drop in when you can!
CloudRains PatS 19 months ago
"Lives of great men all remind us
We may make our lives sublime
And departing leave behind us
Footprints in the sands of time." Hawkwind
Raycav00 19 months ago
A Vincent Price Nugget of Nabob ;
Have a bag of Candy and/or chocolate to celebrate the Feature tomorrow night. Guess his family were really Sweet people !
Ravenwoman Raycav00 19 months ago
After you, my darlin'...always and forever! 😘💓🗽😁

MADave 19 months ago
Hello gang another monkees episode came to mind correct me if I’m wrong but, wasn’t there an episode where Davy was mistaken for a royal prince and the prince was mistaken for Davy?
Raycav00 19 months ago
Roch ‘n Roll Notes ;
Tonight The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
will usher in these 2019 inductees ;
Bryan Ferry and “Roxy Music”
Stevie Nicks of “Fleetwood Mac” fame
Robert Smith and “The Cure”
Joe Elliott and “Def Leppard”
Thome York and “Radiohead”
“The Zombies”
Janet Jackson
“Pour some sugar on these artists”
They are all well deserving acts
Raycav00 Raycav00 19 months ago
Sry typo its Rock n’ Roll Notes ;
Ravenwoman Raycav00 19 months ago
This one is the cheeriest one I could find out of your list! LOL! Brrrrrrr! 🤪

Carl_N_Brown Raycav00 19 months ago
I blame my typis in the tiny phone keyboard keys so close together. (Or autocorrect picking the wrung word)
Ravenwoman Carl_N_Brown 19 months ago
LOL! I hate dem wrung woids! 🤪👍🙄💓🗽
Raycav00 Carl_N_Brown 19 months ago
I got Sausage Fingers !
Raycav00 19 months ago
“All gave some and some gave all”.
We commemorate these sometimes forgotten and misunderstood Vets but today we salute these selfless Great Americans hero’s on this solemn
“Vietnam War Veterans Day”....
Ravenwoman Raycav00 19 months ago
1MikeM 19 months ago
Here's some more celebrity birthdays today:
Lucy Lawless is 51
Brendan Gleeson is 64
Christopher Lambert is 62
daleuhlmann 1MikeM 19 months ago
Ah, yes, Lucy Lawless--Xena, the Warrior Princess!
abc123 1MikeM 19 months ago
Christopher Lambert portrayed Tarzan in the 1984 film, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. It was the first Tarzan movie to ever be nominated for an Oscar.
1MikeM 1MikeM 19 months ago
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson played Hamish in the Mel Gibson movie BRAVEHEART. Lucy Lawless is also Irish. She described her family as "this big, sprawling Irish-Catholic family."
Ravenwoman 1MikeM 19 months ago
daleuhlmann 19 months ago
Hey, group, the Gill-Man is alive and well. Here's proof: he showed up at Secretary of the Interior appointee David Bernhardt's confirmation hearing yesterday! Too funny!
1MikeM daleuhlmann 19 months ago
Lynn daleuhlmann 19 months ago
Does anyone else find it at least vaguely creepy to have someone fully masked (even in a really cool mask!) in a public confirmation hearing?
Catbat Lynn 19 months ago
Haha 😂 Lynn! It's Purr-fectly Abby Normal .
I'd do it in a heart beat.
Lynn Catbat 19 months ago
Oh. Well that makes me feel better...😎.
daleuhlmann Lynn 19 months ago
"Purr-haps," although I never met a Gill-man I didn't like.
TheKodakKid 19 months ago
A passing of note.

Photographer Ed Westcott has died at 97. During World War II he was an official photographer for The Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. He was the only person allowed to carry a camera and take pictures in the government’s top secret facilities at Oak Ridge, Tennessee (or anywhere in the city for that matter).

A reminder that the few remaining members of “the greatest Generation” are quickly slipping away.

daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 19 months ago
Indeed, sadly they are, Kodak.
TheKodakKid 19 months ago
Some celebrity birthdays of note.

Comedian Eric Idle is 76. A member of Monty Python. He is also the author of the musical “Spamalot”.

Composer Vangelis is also 76. Among his works are the the music for the movies “Chariots of Fire” and “Blade Runner”.

Singer Bobby Kimball is 72. A founding member and lead singer of the band Toto. He also wrote a number of their hits.

Actor Bud Cort is 71. He was in the movie “MASH”, which inspired the TV show. May best be remembered as Harold of “Harold and Maude”. He has also done a good deal of work in animated projects.
abc123 TheKodakKid 19 months ago
That means Bud Cort still has four years to go to be as old as Ruth Gordon was during Harold and Maude
Catbat TheKodakKid 19 months ago
Hapy 🎂 Birthday Eric Idle
Mom and Dad just went to Spam a lot! They had a Blast. Dad still has confetti in his pockets
Lynn Catbat 19 months ago
That's great - I love it!
1MikeM Catbat 19 months ago
Raycav00 19 months ago
You got it Clarkie !
Ravenwoman Raycav00 19 months ago
First ones in and last ones out! 🗽👍
daleuhlmann 19 months ago
Rearding the M*A*S*H epidode "The Interview," I did some research and found out that Loretta Swit did not appear in that episode because she had been granted time off to appear in a New York play.
Lynn daleuhlmann 19 months ago
CarrieLynnCastro 19 months ago
Happy Friday🌞
Ooo one more day
yea for us 😱
House of Wax one
of my favorites of
all time. Vincent
Price no way I will
miss this 📺🍿🤓

We are having a nice
day of 68*🌞
Monday 80* wow our
warm weather is on
it's way 🐛

Planting season is
here 🌱🌷🌱for sure so today I will be planting

Veggie garden will
soon be planted
Hope to have better
luck this year 👩‍🌾

Have a great day
Sven you too🍃🌼🍃
Lynn CarrieLynnCastro 19 months ago
Happy Friday to you, Carrie!
Happy Friday, Carrie!
1MikeM CarrieLynnCastro 19 months ago
Hey Carrie, Happy Friday!
Ravenwoman 19 months ago
Looks like it's goin' to pour today in this gritty city. ☔🗽Good! We need a good cleansing. 😁😝💓

I must stop the world here for a moment to say thank you to Mr. Rich Koz for donating his talents and entire life to making us laugh and enjoy the good old classic movies of our past. This is one of the things that made my life worth living. Old and sick is definitely NOT where I want to be! I can dance again, thank you, sir. 💃🍷

I was on the phone until 2:30 am this morning with another man that refused to let me fall. We talked about "Wax Lips" and red & blue dyes and how we consumed these things as kids and are still alive to talk and laugh about it. I could NEVER repay this man for what he does for my life, love, and newfound happiness. I would NOT trade him for any riches in this world. Yes, SOULMATES do exist! 😁🗽💓😘

Wishing every one of you a wonderful day full of the love and joy, the kind I now experience with every breath I take. 😁🗽

Catbat 19 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve All!
Catbat 19 months ago
In tonight's TZ episode the word "obsolete "is heatd in the last few words. Tomorrow night's TZ episode is Time Enough at Last which stars Burgess Meredith who is also in the TZ episode The Obsolete Man. Coincidence ?
daleuhlmann Catbat 19 months ago
Perhaps ... perhaps not.
(Clue the T Z theme music).
Raycav00 19 months ago
Insomnia this early am, Skelsie had bottle caps filled with melted WAX or crayons for colour. The problem with Kids Activities nowadays is the actual “Activity” is left out !
Ravenwoman Raycav00 19 months ago
My God, what joy you bring to me! What a nutjob you are. A nutjob I wouldn't trade for anything on this planet. 😁💓💃🍷😘🗽
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